Ouzel Lake Trail

MODERATE 43 reviews
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Ouzel Lake Trail is a 9.7 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.

DISTANCE
9.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1781 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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

hiking
3 days ago

If you want a wonderful easy-moderate day hike in relative solitude, do this, and go EARLY! I arrived at trailhead at 6:30am, and got back in my car around 12:30pm. Huge slowdown as you come back, though - very crowded with inexperienced hikers, and etiquette is very poor, causing lots of hangups.

Bring waterproof boots for mud and water. Moderate snow on the last 0.5 miles of trail, so I advise caution and walking sticks if you have them.

4 days ago

Beautiful journey with many opportunities to appreciate nature. Lots of wildlife

hiking
9 days ago

Did Ouzel Falls onto Ouzel Lake and attempted to press on to Bluebird Lake. About A half mile to a mile the snow was too deep to safely continue but it was beautiful! We saw two bull moose one between Bluebird Lake and the trail junction from Ouzel Lake and then another about 10 feet from the trail, we had to wait him out to continue! Saw a third (a young cow) on the way back from the falls. What a fantastic hike, it was a bit crowded on the lower parts but to be expected on a Saturday.

hiking
10 days ago

Not a bad little hike from the falls. Still some snow about a quarter mile out from the lake but manageable, I just had hiking shoes, a pole would have been helpful but not necessary. It was a little tricky to find the trail but we managed. Plenty of people came up after us so there may be good tracks to follow now. Beautiful crystal clear lake.

hiking
11 days ago

Arrived on Friday morning around 9:15am and grabbed one of the final 3 parking spots. Trail head parking lot has room for about 50 cars. Somewhat crowded on trail up to Ouzel Falls. River and falls were running high from snow melt. Pretty empty on hike up to Ouzel Lake. Had to cross a few short snow patches. Trail up to Ouzel Lake becomes a little difficult to follow because of the snow and mud. Snow around the edges of the lake. Overall an amazing hike that I will do again.

hiking
15 days ago

Hiked on Sunday, beautiful falls with lots of snowmelt. Last 1/2 mile was fairly snowy, hiking poles would have been helpful.

hiking
17 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Got to trailhead at ranger station at 8:00 and only a few parking spots left. The creek and falls are running fast. No snow until you get about 1/4 mile from the lake. Just bring your tracks. Snow/ice around the lake and beware of collapsing snow. Ouzel Lake never fails!

hiking
23 days ago

Fantastic hike! Multiple falls, all flowing full from the recent snow melt. Awesome views once up on the ridge line. Snow pack is only troublesome on last half mile of trail, right before the lake. I did it in hiking boots, but microspikes would have been better.

hiking
25 days ago

2 months ago

Beautiful. There was a good snow cover above 8500 ft or so. After the waterfall where many people seem to stop, the trail becomes very peaceful and eventually opens up to sort of a high altitude rolling snow field with amazing scenery and views of the surrounding mountains. Tracks from previous hikers lead the way to the lake, which is frozen and sort of just marks a good turn around point (6 miles one way from the winter parking). Certainly worth a return visit!

2 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful lake!

hiking
9 months ago

Started at 7am on a Thursday and there was only a few cars in the lot. The three separate falls are beautiful. Went up to ouzel lake and had the entire lake to myself. It was like nothing I've seen before. Back at the falls, the trail was pretty full. Returned to the parking lot at noon and the lot was full

9 months ago

Hiked to Upper Ouzel Campsite this August. The trail is great, especially past Ouzel Falls, where the crowds thin out and the scenery becomes surreal.

hiking
9 months ago

10 months ago

10 months ago

Beautiful lake. Not too many people that went this far. We were the only group at the time so it was extremely tranquil!

10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

First rime in that corner of the park, wonderful waterfalls and cascades to the lake. More people on the trail then I expected, so get there early to park.