hiking
closed
icy
scramble
snow
1 month ago

Trail was closed so we parked near it. On the way back a ranger pulled over a couple who tried to hike and turned them back. I thought it was gonna be secluded (safe) and it was. There was no other people on trail. As I’m informed we can hike locally. And this is less than 10min from my home. But on a way home I saw a sheriff and a Ranger talking to people on Lily lake.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

First mile mixed trail conditions, some snow some mud. Second mile was increasingly deep snow. I was following snowshoe tracks with my spikes for a while but I turned around when post-holing too much. Beautiful day though! No park staff on duty.

Hiked on 3/7/20 with early start. Spikes needed all the way. Stay in middle of trail to avoid post-holing. Always a great hike and view of Meeker. The lake is 1/2 snow covered and 1/2 exposed ice. ****REMINDER — dogs not allowed on trail. Read the posted signs. Saw one dog and owner ignore signs.

The view at the lake is beautiful. Used spikes the whole way. The snow got a bit soft towards the end and post holed quite a bit. Snow shoes would have been nice in sections but not required.

Hiked 2/29. Only needed spikes all the way to Ouzel Falls and side trip to Hidden Falls. Snow is all well packed down. Ouzel falls is nearly entirely snow covered so not much to see. Hidden falls was the highlight by far. Other than that probably a better spring/summer hike when the water is flowing.

Great trail. Used spikes and snowshoes. Open and wooded areas.

As of late January 2020 there is limited parking on the road near the trailhead. Scarcely trafficked on a Saturday late morning, probably because one needs at least microspikes to get 1.75mi to the junction, but after that one needs snowshoes. I tried to press to Finch Lake but kept falling through the snow which was waist deep after the first junction. It hasn’t really snowed in close to a month so if it’s still this bad, I can only imagine it won’t be truly Hike-able until July

hiking
snow
4 months ago

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.

January 12. Able to make it to Ouzel Falls with traction devices. Tons of snow. Moose tracks. The frozen creek and falls and the many beautiful bridges made this a very special hike.

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.

snowshoeing
snow
4 months ago

January 2nd did this hike. Love this area so beautiful. Only made it to the Cascades with spikes on, needed my snowshoes to go further.

hiking
icy
snow
5 months ago

Late start and storm stopped us from finishing. Did it without any traction but snowshoes woulda been great the last 2 miles

Did this trail 12/08/19. The gate to the wild basin trailhead is closed so that adds about 1 mile each way to any hike. Very secluded trail. Lots of snow on the ground. I wore microspikes and gaiters to keep snow out. The snow isn’t hard packed yet so it was only necessary to have them on some of the steep inclines. I saw Mountain Lion tracks! And some blood on the trail near calypso cascades. All-in-all a great easy winter hike

Went up today 11/23 with just microspikes. Snowshoes may have helped the last mile but doable without. Only saw one guy and one group of women the entire day. Windy near the lake but the whole trail is within trees so it is bearable. Would definitely rate this as a moderate trail, no steep climbs, routefinding or obstacles. With the snow, and taking into account it is almost 9 miles use your best judgement, but the trail itself isn't bad. If you happened to drop some spikes today Sat. 11/23 between 10am - 1 pm and can message me on FB any details (color/brand) I will try and get them back to you!

Was pretty but mostly just through woods so nothing too special. The lake was frozen and the entire trail up to the lake was packed down so I just used micro spikes and no snowshoes. I halfheartedly looked for a packed trail to go to pear lake but didn’t find it so I turned around. As a side note, it’s confirmed that the parking lot is gone and in its place at least 15 signs saying “private property” and “tow zone” and “no trespassing”. I ended up parking on the road down a little by the turnoff for another road. It fit my car perfectly and was totally out of the way. I felt relatively good that I wasn’t going to get towed and I didn’t. The trail is all rmnp land so don’t stress about going on the actual trail. It’s allowed. Just don’t go off trail for the first 50 feet since it’s private property.

Mostly snowpack, traction needed but definitely not snowshoes. Fairly windy throughout but was tolerable enough at the lake for us to spend some time there. Only saw a few other hikers the whole four hours.

CLOSED. Do not attempt. There are "Private Property No Trespassing" signs posted everywhere. There's also no parking on the road. Looks like it's bought out.

The last 3 miles had 12-15 inches of snow. Traction was helpful especially in the first mile that was icy from snow melt and refreezing. I might like to do this hike again in the spring or summer. The forest is dense providing lots of shade for warmer weather.

Hiked 10/12/19. Was a beautiful day with a decent amount of ice/snow on the trail, mainly turned slush by afternoon. Was a pretty intensely windy at the lake, even saw some white caps, so didn’t stay long, but views were beautiful. The lake was just starting to freeze at the edges. I made this a partial loop, taking the trail past Calypso Cascades & Ouzel Falls on the way up (adds about 1 mile to the total trip). Most of the people dropped off after the falls & didn’t see anyone else while at the lake on the trail back past the campsites. Would likely recommend traction (micro spikes or crampons) at this point in the season. Enjoy it!

About a month ago, a plan had been hatched with my friend and coworker, Dave, to do a backpacking trip to Lake Verna, a first adventure, from the East Inlet Trailhead inside of Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). This would be the first backcountry backpacking trip for both of us! Most hikers who make the journey to Lake Verna complete the trek in mid summer or early in the fall. However, our adventure took place during the third weekend in October, which can be much more dicey with the weather. In the weeks leading up to the trip, I had kept a close eye on the weather forecast and had just hoped for the best. Anything less than a few days out is always hit or miss and the forecast kept waffling between perfect and not so perfect (snowstorm). On the morning of our departure (Saturday), the weather forecast predicted temperatures climbing into the 40’s, with the winds increasing throughout the day. Sounded good thus far! Read about the full adventure at Base Camp @ Grand Lake - About a month ago, a plan had been hatched with my friend and coworker, Dave, to do a backpacking trip to Lake Verna, a first adventure, from the East Inlet Trailhead inside of Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). This would be the first backcountry backpacking trip for both of us! Most hikers who make the journey to Lake Verna complete the trek in mid summer or early in the fall. However, our adventure took place during the third weekend in October, which can be much more dicey with the weather. In the weeks leading up to the trip, I had kept a close eye on the weather forecast and had just hoped for the best. Anything less than a few days out is always hit or miss and the forecast kept waffling between perfect and not so perfect (snowstorm). On the morning of our departure (Saturday), the weather forecast predicted temperatures climbing into the 40’s, with the winds increasing throughout the day. Sounded good thus far! Read about the adventure at Base Camp @ Grand Lake - https://basecampgrandlake.com/2019/11/04/lake-verna-a-first-adventure/

Bowl hikes are few and far between... many want summits or waterfalls. But these views are fantastic -- edge of lake staring straight up. Long hike, but not too tough and you leave all the tourists behind down at Ouzel. Wild Basin is a special place once you get past the 4-5 mile marker.

If you are a tourist and have time for only 1-2 hikes in park, would put this at the very top of the list. Water features alone are epic. Early Spring just after upper trailhead opens and the falls will be gushing. Once at the falls (basically you can touch the falls), take a hard left along the wall and meander up to the top of the falls. Views are incredible looking into the back bowls. Estes Cone (for summit experience) and this hike are on my must do for anyone visiting me. I have done these falls to many times to count... always a great time, especially in shoulder seasons!

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