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Ouzel Lake Trail is a 9.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Allenspark, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

Length 9.4 mi Elevation gain 1,683 ft Route type Out & Back

Backpacking

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Snow

No dogs

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Getting There

Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through Recreation.gov at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, May 28. Reservations will be available to enter the park from June 4 through July 31. The next release will be on July 1, for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July. On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days that have not been booked for August. On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability between 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. This process will facilitate advance payment of entrance fees, minimize contact between park entrance station staff and visitors and limit congestion in parking lots. The permit system will apply to all areas of the park. In the initial opening phase, the park will open approximately 60 percent of the park’s maximum parking capacity or 4,800 vehicles (13,500 visitors) per day.

Take Hwy 7 south out of Lyons past Allenspark, to Wild Basin Trailhead.

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Pat Burger
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jul 06 2020
Hiking

Started about 7:30, a few cars in lot, not too crowded, saw lots on way down. Beautiful hike, lots of water along the way.

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Lauren Rogers
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarThu Jul 02 2020
Hiking

Trail is well maintained. Last mile or so is the tough part, some snow in early July, but easy to go around it. Trail is lightly trafficked after Ozuel Falls. Highly recommend hiking all the way to blue bird lake, ouzel lake is nice but blue bird is better.

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Andrea Dumais
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarThu Jul 02 2020
Hiking

Very beautiful! A few large snowfields left in the last 1.5 miles or so-I recommend poles and spikes. Only got crowded on the way back down, started around 7am!

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Alex R
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarTue Jun 30 2020
Hiking

Beautiful hike! I hiked to Ouzel Lake this morning. I started about 7:30 and made it to the lake by 10. I didn’t see too many people in the morning. In fact, there were only 4 of us at the lake. :) It got much busier as we were coming down so come early if you want a quiet hike. This hike is gorgeous if you are looking for wildflowers, multiple waterfalls, and a serene alpine lake at the end. The view right before the lake is spectacular. I highly recommend this one!

Sarah S.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarMon Jun 29 2020
Hiking

Fairly easy hike, especially after doing Twin Sisters! The views are nice, but there was quite a crowd on a Monday morning up to the falls at least. Plenty of parking at 8am. Did the hike in 6 hours with an hour lunch break at the lake. Only about 1/4 of folks were wearing masks. There's a bathroom in the parking lot and a privy a mile or so up. Both pretty dirty/stinking. I think there are better views on other hikes in the area, and less crowds. However, if you're hiking with kids, I'm sure the falls hike is a nice jaunt. Hardly any snow at the lake, a few muddy spots, a few bugs/gnats, but great trail conditions. We were going up to Bluebird initially, but heard the snow fields were still pretty substantial.

Beata Mckee
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Jun 28 2020
Hiking

We got to the TH at 5:50am and got to enjoy all the waterfalls, including Ouzel, almost by ourselves. The views along the last 2 miles before Ouzel Lake are amazing... tall peaks, beautiful landscaping. The lake itself is cute but not amazing. It’s more about the hike there and back than the destination.

Ariella Wells
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFri Jun 26 2020
Hiking

6/25 thursday you do need a timed entry permit to enter park right now in addition to the pass if coming between 6 am.and 5 pm so you will want to make sure you have that before you make the drive. arrived at 10 a.m. got last space in actual trailhead parking lot. there is a pit toilet/restroom at the parking lot. lots of people on trail through calypso cascades, a good amount through ouzel falls. after ouzel falls we only saw 4-6 people. there is a lot of shade and water through ouzel falls. it's quite stunning. there is a stretch from the falls to the lake maybe a mile worth that there is no shade. but the views are stunning! saw lots of wildflowers, chipmunks and several birds.

Eric Mendrek
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarWed Jun 17 2020
Hiking

Wild Basin Trailhead is open. When you get to Ouzel Falls hike around to the top of waterfall for amazing view. Very little snow pack toward Lake. Easy enough hike but long. Bring a filter straw as there are numerous water sources.

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Craig Jones
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarWed Jun 17 2020
Hiking

Summer trailhead now open. Between 6 am and ~5 pm need RMNP entrance reservation. Plenty of parking at 1:30 pm. Trail clear to junction of Ouzel Lake-Bluebird Lake trails. Nice flower shows on the ridgeline past the junction with the Thunder Lake trail. One snow patch at Bluebird-Ouzel junction, a few others on the way to Ouzel. Three trees down on trail to Ouzel Lake, none too hard to get around. Plenty of bugs at Ouzel (and a lot of fish strikes).

Lola Boj
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Jan 19 2020
HikingSnow

Started at the Allenspark trailhead, hiked to the Ouzel/Bluebird Lake junction. Wore snowshoes the whole time but found a wide range of conditions: ski tracks we followed from the trailhead turned toward Pear Lake at the fork. We crossed a few semi-sketchy steep slopes covered with fresh powder – we were able to kick in just enough of an edge to cross safely – and met up with the well-packed trail from the intersection with the trail from the Wild Basin trailhead. Tracks continued until the Thunder Lake/Ouzel Lake split. Needed snowshoes for the fresh powder to Ouzel Lake since we were the first ones making the trail, but on the way back we probably would have been fine wearing microspikes, except for the 3 steep slope crossings between Calypso Cascades and Allenspark.

Laurie Normandeau
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMon Jan 13 2020
HikingSnow

Plan to add a mile each way if the road is closed which it was. Chilly morning and a windy start but once in the trees, very nice. Snow packed, no need for snowshoes or micro spikes (but we always carry them). This trail passes by a number of falls, all frozen and not obvious during winter. Ouzel Falls was cool (literally- frozen in fact) and we continued over the bridge and up a bit to a spot overlooking the valley. This was a highlight viewpoint with the sun visible but muted by the cloud cover. After that it’s a descent to the Lake. Not much traffic, a few hikers coming in as we were on our way back.

Chris R.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Oct 13 2019
Hiking

Favorite hike.

Rose Writer
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Oct 07 2019
Hiking

Started at 9am. About 6 Parking spots left at the TH and all the overflow parking was still available. The fall leaves have peaked and several of the trees were bare however there was still plenty of Golden Aspen to see and enjoy. The lake was windy and we needed all our extra layers, but the Aspen was splendid to behold up there. We clocked 10.6 miles round trip and enjoyed every minute of our Autumn Hike.

kat Kennedy
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSun Sep 29 2019
Hiking

Very beautiful! Start early parking lot gets very full very quickly- trails especially towards the trailheadd are very very busy not too many people once you pass the falls :)

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Hannah Jahns
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarWed Sep 25 2019
Hiking

Great trail

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Bruce Wayne Kane
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarWed Sep 25 2019
Hiking

nice hike Wendy good hiker and pleasant to talk with.

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Siobhan Labbett
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarThu Aug 29 2019
Hiking

Trail was great. Climbing most of the way to the lake. Not much shade as you get closer to Ouzel Lake but a beautiful view once you get there. We tracked it at just over 10 miles. Would be very nice in the fall as the weather gets cooler and the aspens start to turn.

Paul Rose
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarTue Aug 27 2019
Hiking

Good trail easy to follow. Hiked the trail on Monday the 26th on a perfect weather day of sunshine and no clouds. Started at 10.15 after leaving Denver at 7am and getting caught up in the ever present roadworks. I actually managed to find a parking spot-one! This is a scenic hike with waterfalls and cascades so lots to see. The last two miles to the lake are in the open but have great views. Plenty of people as far as the falls but after that they thin out considerably

Joe Rizzo
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarTue Aug 27 2019
Hiking

We hiked out. I enjoyed the walk to the lake after the falls.

Kaley O.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarTue Aug 20 2019
Hiking

Pretty good trail. Not very many people at the lake which was nice. Parts of the trail have very little shade... wear sunscreen.

Eric Ramberg
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarThu Aug 01 2019
Hiking

Great (but long) trip. Weather was fantastic. Went up the standard route and came back Thunder Lake trail to the campsite cutoff. Lots of people, especially on the way back. (Not that many went up to the lake ) Parking lot was almost full by 8 AM on a Wednesday. Lots of on the road parking available if you are willing to walk further.

Peter Stevens
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarTue Jul 23 2019
Hiking

Lots to see all the way up - you can stop at any point and turn around and stilll have a satisfying experience

Joshua Septimus
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat Jul 20 2019
Hiking

Terrific day hike. Yes me of our favorite hikes from the past was going to the falls; going all the way to the lake was a pleasure. Nice shade most of the way if you start early. Parking fills up early- arrive by 7:30. Bring lots of water during summer months. We went through at least 2 liters per person.

Sammy Lee
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFri Jul 19 2019
Hiking

What a beautiful hike!

Johnnie D
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jul 15 2019
Hiking

I hiked this today, Sunday, at 3pm and had no issues finding parking at all. Heavily trafficked for the first 2 miles but after Ouzel Falls there were only a handfull of people. Up until the falls it's just a casual stroll through mostly shaded area along the river with a very mild incline. After the falls there are some incredible vistas, especially the last 2 miles of the trail. You're up walking through a flat, open area high up surrounded with 360 views of surrounding mountains. It was spectacular. Ouzel Lake is scenic as well and made for a nice spot for lunch. The entire hike to Ouzel Lake and back is about 10 miles, however, much of this is flat or easy incline.

Sabrina Trask
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jul 13 2019
Hiking

Another stunning hike and well worth the effort to get there early. The trailhead parking lot was full by 0645 on Saturday 7/13/19. Rangers turned cars away and showed us where to park further away from the TH. We got there at 0745 and ended up parking about 0.6 miles away from the TH. Prior reviews are accurate; Trail is very busy up to a Ouzel Falls. After that traffic drops by at least half. Do not expect solitude at the lake, though. It’s mostly marshy near the lake’s edge, and not a lot of places to sit. PLEASE respect other’s desire for quiet! We had a group of twenty-somethings sit right next to us and proceed to play music and talk/laugh very loudly; it was hard to enjoy the serenity of the lake with that kind of noise going on. Next time I’ll take a day off from work and hope to have a little more peace. Definitely a beautiful hike with lots to see along the way!

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Bryanne McCurry
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarTue Jul 09 2019
Hiking

We loved this trail and will definitely hike it again — even to Bluebird Lake! Today we saw no snow on the trail and there were a few places where the water was nearly covering a little of the trail. Ouzel Lake is beautiful and well worth the hike.

Erin Bauer
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarTue Jul 09 2019
Hiking

Went for an overnight backpacking. Falls were pretty. Wish we could’ve made it up to Bluebird Lake. Water along the way. Permit was for Siskin. Great site!

Logynn Northrhip
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jul 08 2019
Hiking

Hiked this yesterday and discovered that it is officially my new favorite! I also discovered that we parked 2 miles further away from the trailhead which made this a much longer hike! Once we made it past Ouzel Falls, the trail was virtually and blissfully empty. The waterfalls were bursting! Highly recommend this hike!! In fact, I can’t wait to do it again!!

Heather G.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Jul 07 2019
Hiking

This hike just became one of my new favs in RMNP! Wild Basin is a very popular TH, especially for families, so definitely arrive early if you want moments of the trail to yourself leading up to Ouzel Falls. I started at 6:40am and passed roughly 15 people. It took me about an hour to reach Ouzel Falls. Copeland Fall, Calypso Cascades and Ouzel Falls are all racing right now and awesome to see. The rushing water of the North St. Vrain Creek and Ouzel Creek created peaceful audio as you stroll through evergreens and aspens. The last 1.5 miles to the lake offers fantastic views of the surrounding peaks. The lake is also wonderful, crowds definitely thin after you pass Ouzel Falls, I only saw two other people while approaching the Ouzel Lake. It took me about two 2 and 10 minutes to reach the lake. Parking at Wild Basin TH was completely full by the time I got back, just before 11 AM. RT was about 3 hours and 15 minutes. The trail is mostly dry. Super excited to return and continue on towards Bluebird Lake!

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