Explore the most popular lake trails near Allenspark with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 day ago

A great hike to a wonderful lake on Monday, 8/13. I originally planned to get to bluebird lake but called it at the junction and decided to partake in just Ozuel - it didn't disappoint! Note that there's not a lot of shore space to sit down.

I'd read on here that it tends to get hot in the treeline areas which is kinda true. It's not very shaded about a mile past the falls but it's less than 10,000' feet (read: not above treeline). The lack of shade is due to a fire in the late 1970s (Google Ozuel Lake Fire for interesting information on RMNP allowing the fire to burn naturally) and therefore a lack of mature shade trees.

All in all, a really neat hike with great views of Longs and Meeker. Lots of people to the falls and thins out a bit afterwards.

A few notes:
-From GAIA GPS: 10.00 miles, 5:27 hours (58 minutes stoppage time), 1545' ascent
-I arrived to trailhead at 9:30am and there were about 10 parking spots left
-Saw two big ol' cow moose alongside road between entrance station and trailhead
-As others have said, be sure to take small trail to left of large falls to see 40' falls head on

hiking
3 days ago

8/11/18 - Hiked this amazing trail. My Inreach Exploer tracked 14.0 miles. The trail is well marked until the last .25 miles or so. The last .25-ish mile is traversing up rocks. Very step is well worth it. Love it - lots to see along the way. Beautiful wild flowers, water falls and more. The lake is stunning. I will do this hike again for sure.

Probably one of our favorite hikes ever! Beautiful trail from start to finish! Hiked on August 9, 2018.

As others have mentioned, this is a beautiful trail. We started at 10am and thought that to be a late start, parking lot was about half full, and we were between several groups. On our return at 1pm (we only went 3 mi in/out), there was a gaggle of humans parading onto the trail. Lots of fly fishers trying their luck on the adjacent river, which really was kind of pathetic - as the trout were no bigger than 6" and should've been left undisturbed.

Pro-tip: start *early*, i.e. 8am anytime between June and Labor Day.

Beautiful. 14 miles RT to lake #1. Last 2.2 miles are the only really steep section. Maybe add .8 to 1 mile to total if going to lake #2.

hiking
10 days ago

Hiked Saturday, 8/4- got there at 12 and there were a few open parking spots. Fairly strenuous, mostly uphill. I clocked it at closer to a little over 9 miles total. The lake is crystal clear and huge. Very cool to see the sand too. I give this 3 stars because, for me, it didn’t compare to many other hikes I’ve done in this area (especially for the effort). Glad I did it but don’t necessarily feel the need to repeat this one.

hiking
11 days ago

Last minute plan to do some backpack camping and got into aspen knoll campsite nearby. Left from campsite at about 6am and made it back to camp at about 1pm. I didn't rush but kept a decent pace with a heavy load to test my endurance. Great variation throughout the trail. Lake was beautiful and very windy. Still a small bit of snow towards the end given it was the end of July.

hiking
15 days ago

Nice wooded, shady trail with a beautiful lake at the end! Arrived at about 7:45 on Tuesday morning and there wasn’t much parking available because people go up and camp overnight. 4.5 miles to the lake wasn’t bad, and a lot of it was fairly flat. Lots of ripe blueberries along the top half of the trail! Lake was mostly quiet when I arrived around 9:30, but started to get busy by 10:30. Many nice campsites and pretty area to explore around the lake. Would do again!

hiking
15 days ago

This is an ambitious hike let me tell you. The beginning of this trail all the way to ouzel falls is amazing. The Copeland falls and calypso cascades are breathtaking. Ouzel falls was very nice, make sure to climb through some rocks and trees up the left side of the trail and you can find a couple different spots to see the falls in their entirety. I even saw people on top! You don’t get the full view of the 40ft falls from the main trail so be sure to get a closer look. After the falls, it thinned out as far as hikers and you get a few nice spots with overlooks. At the bluebird/ozuel lake split we went towards bluebird lake (2 more miles) it was a very tough stretch. We ended up going back about a half mile before the lake. The trail thins out at times but we felt we had missed it somehow, because the last 2 miles felt like 4 honestly. On our way back we did spot a bull moose sitting in the sun and that was worth the while hike. Also we saw overlooking views of ouzel lake and chickadee pond. It was very cool seeing them from above. Still a great hike even though we didn’t get to see Bluebird lake :-/ This was a tough one. Took us 9 hrs round trip with a lot of breaks. This was our 3rd hike in RMNP it was a challenge. Very hot for the second half of the hike. We started at 5:45am in July 8 Tuesday. Parking was not a problem. We want to go back some day and conquer this trail and see bluebird lake. We’ll be back to this one!

hiking
15 days ago

Loved this hike! I had been to Ouzel Falls dozens of times on my own over the years as I loved treating friends and family to this very scenic trail. Made it to Ouzel Lake only once and remembered that particular day was a tough one for me and my crew of three. But this time with intentions set for a few miles past these treasures, for Bluebird Lake, it became a reality. Slow and steady wins the race. :) Last big hike like that (for me) was Longs Peak, 25 years ago. So with the elevation gain on this, I’m realizing Longs shouldn’t be such a distant reality for me. ;-)
You will love it! Abundance of wildflowers, raspberries, rocks, peaks, blue sky!, animals, including a nice visit with a fawn, less than 10 feet from us on the trail! A real treat! We summited about 12:10 and only stayed about 10 more minutes, (bummer), but didn’t want to risk the weather and the few rolling clouds just coming in. to tease us. The day ended up being mostly clear! This will certainly will be in my to do list again! We took our time, and made it last about 8.5-9 hours. Truly amazing!

hiking
16 days ago

While Thunder Lake itself is a serene beautiful spot, getting there isn't that much fun. Tons of loose rocks underfoot and not a flower in sight makes this a boring trail. Didn't really enjoy much after Ouzel Falls to be frank.

Trail is free of snow. It is almost entirely in the forest with few open views, but the forest is dense and beautiful. Pear Lake is especially lovely. Saw very few people on the trail on a summer Tuesday. Definitely not a hard hike, I would rate it as moderate--reached Finch Lake (5 miles per NPS) in under 2 hours and another 45 minutes to Pear Lake (2 miles from Finch Lake, 7 miles total per NPS).

Absolutely amazing trail. We backpacked in to Slickrock campground. This was approximately 6.5 miles in. It took us 30 minutes to hike to Lake Verna the next morning. We swam in the river along the trail, in Lone Pine lake, and in Lake Verna. Do yourself a favor and jump right on in to the glacier water. It is well worth your time :). We even saw a moose!

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful hike. The first 3 miles are relatively easy and then once you start up towards Ouzel Lake there are some steep parts. At the sign to continue to Bluebird Lake (4.4miles), the terrain opens up. You pass two lakes on the left, one covered in lily pads. At this one we saw a bull moose just relaxing and eating some willow trees. He was super chill and maybe 25 yards from the trail just minding his own business. There are lots of wild raspberries on this stretch, yum! The last mile is pretty steep and challenging but it is worth it when you get to the top. The great thing about this hike is that it is a difficult 6.4miles up and an easy 6.4mile coast down. Make sure that you start early (7am) so that you have time to enjoy the lake and finish the trail before the thunderstorms roll in. It took us just about 6 hours (with a ~30min break at the lake and pictures along the way) and we weren't going slow. Enjoy!!

hiking
23 days ago

Excellent hike. I would put this on the more moderate side. The incline is pretty gradual a lot of the time, with only a few steeper sections. Great views of Wild Basin along the way, as well as the usual suspects (Longs, Meeker, Copland, etc.). We did this as our Plan B hike on a rainy day, as it's all under tree cover. Highly recommend for a rainy or sunny day!

hiking
23 days ago

You will see a lot of lists with "the best hikes in RMNP" and their are a ton of them. This one goes on the list. Steady climb for four and half miles with a few steep spots. A few good views of the Wild Basin along the way. The lake and surrounding area is spectacular. Next time I will plan to spend a lot more time on the sandy beach. Although the parking lots was very full we did not see a ton of people on the trail. Get there early if you want to park in the lot close to the trailhead. Another great RMNP hike to add to your list.

hiking
30 days ago

GORGEOUS! One of our top 10 favorite hikes that we've ever done! Amazingly beautiful trail and offers a little bit of everything: cascades, waterfalls, wildflowers, neat dead trees, views, wildlife, and lake! We hiked this trail on Saturday, July 14. We made it to the parking lot by 6:15am and it was full by about 7:30am that day although that didn't keep the crowds away. Many folks parked down the road and added a few miles to their hike. This hike is actually a total of 12.8 miles according to the national park sign. The trail starts as an easy one. There are neat rapids and waterfalls towards the beginning. You will encounter LOTS of people up to Ouzel Falls but after that, you won't see as many. There is a rustic "privy" pit toilet just beyond Calypso Cascades a few miles up. The privy has no door but some slatted wood panels on 3 sides. Above Ouzel Falls, there is more of an incline, then a more open area (from the 1978 fire) with lots of new growth trees and neat lightning struck trees. Then you'll go through an established forest and back into a more open area from the fire. You'll encounter this type of topography a few times before reaching a steeper section. After the split-off to Ouzel Lake, there are a variety of wildflowers and lots of raspberry bushes. There are more and more flowers the farther you go. The last half mile to the lake is the steepest and includes a steep, short rock section and large snowfield on an incline; both are definitely doable as you take your time. After some rain the day before, the mosquitoes were especially bad and relentless beginning around the split-off to Ouzel Lake to Bluebird Lake and definitely the worst at Bluebird Lake where there were the most mosquitoes we've encountered in Colorado. We had lots of chipmunk and marmot sightings and only saw a half dozen people at Bluebird Lake, definitely a much different wilderness experience than at the beginning of the trail. Solitude and amazing scenery at the lake.

Amazing hike. My brother and I hiked Bluebird this past June. About 12 people we had passed told us to turn back because it was too snowy. We ended up hitting some snags but we ended up doing some rock climbing and sledding to get there and back but we made it. Hiking turned into Mountaineering but I would do it again in a heartbeat. Well worth the risks!

Great, easy (but long) hike. We got to the parking lot at 6:15, which was a good call. By the time we were on our way down, there was a line of people on their way to Ouzel Falls and the lot was completely full. Not too steep and the views of the falls were gorgeous. Really enjoyed this one.

Great day hike with incredible views at the top!

I wish I could give this hike more than a five star. AMAZING hike! One of my all time favorite hikes. Great mountain vistas and lush green meadows along the trail. Great wildflowers and saw some wildlife. Must do in RMNP!

Hit East Inlet at 8:30 on a Sunday morning (7/8). There were only a few cars in the lot and there appears to be plenty of parking. In the first 30-40 minutes I spotted two moose in the meadow area. A few families walking through that area, but at about 2.5 miles in, there were only a few others. A lot of rocky incline enroute to Lone Pine, nothing too bad, well marked. I ate lunch at Lone Pine, for the first 10-15 minutes I was the only person there. Two other groups trickled in. I continued on to Verna, which was steep and rocky but again nothing too difficult - the wildflowers were amazing up there. So much color. On the way back down I passed a moose that was very close to the trail, he didn't seem too happy I was there but I passed without incident. After reading another comment, since I was hiking alone I did wear a bear bell and brought spray just in case. A lot of birds, small animals and moose. Long trail, but doable for a day hike. I would love to have had time to get to Spirit and camp out.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful lake!

1 month ago

Great hiking.

1 month ago

Great trail

Beautiful hike along the river! Not crazy busy which was nice. Large waterfall about 1.5 miles in that you can hike directly up to off to the side. The lake is stunning, but don’t plan on swimming without a wet suit. More like 14 miles round trip...mild elevation gain which made it totally doable. Have a rad hike!

hiking
1 month ago

I love lake hikes! Did this on a week day took off from the trail head at 7 am. The first part of the hike is beautiful but super buggy- bring bug spray you’ll need it! After the ouzel lake split the trail opens up to views of Ouzel from above. I ran into two bull moose on the trail. I gave them time and space and let them mosey on down to the lake ~ 15 minutes worth. Then ran into a momma deer with two babies. It was probably the time of day, but be aware of the wild life. Made it to the lake and back in 5.5 hours. No snow on the trail, nice hike. Minimal people after the Ouzel lake split. Would consider a moderate hike.

hiking
1 month ago

I would rate this trail as easy-moderate, not hard. It was only a little rocky and steep in a couple of places through the backcountry sites. The rest was flat or gradual incline. Two hours up, 1.5 hours down. It's more like 12 miles RT as opposed to 11 miles.

The trail through the forest was quiet and beautiful. I started at 7:30 AM and saw almost no other people until I was coming down the trail. I had the lake completely to myself for the entire hour and a half that I sat there. Definitely take the route shown on AllTrails (through the backcountry sites)--it cuts a mile off each way (as opposed to going past Calypso Cascades and Ouzel Falls, unless you want to see those!) so that it's 12 miles RT instead of 14.

This was honestly one of my favorite hikes. I can understand why it is rated as hard, as the trail has plently of uphill, downhill, you name it. but it's absolutely beautiful. You are in mostly forest and right now its very green with wildflowers along the way, as well as streams. I had the pleasure of seeing some wildlife on the day I went! The lake is remarkable with the sand around it, clear waters! Would do again. Yes, it is in RMNP so it is good to be reminded you will have to pay for parking. I went in the afternoon in the middle of the week wasn't busy for me.

great camping, and a challenging hike!

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