Explore the most popular river 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.

Did this today. 4AM start. Empty parking lot. Nice clear morning. Saw just a few people. Interesting perspective of Longs and Meeker.

gorgeous trail! Loved it! The cascades are beautiful!

2 days ago

gorgeous hike! loved the water! lots of shade and green! Did this with my kids.

Easy, well manicured trail to gorgeous falls. Loved it.

Exceeded my expectations. Gorgeous hike. Beautiful falls.

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.

6 days ago

Beautiful lake!

7 days 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!

This map doesn't actually bring you to the summit, even though it sort of looks like it should.. At around 3.6 miles, there are a few cairns to your right (west). You have to pay attention because the St. Vrain Mountain Trail continues another few miles down to Buchanan Pass trail. Go right at the cairn to reach the summit. There's no maintained trail to the summit, but there is a social trail and it's well-marked by cairns and national park boundary poles. On a Saturday in August, we saw a grand total of

8 days 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.

9 days 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.

Beautiful! Saw a huge bull moose!

10 days ago

Completed on Fri 6/29. Arrived approx. 8:30am and took one of the last available parking spots at the trail head parking lot. Admission to the park is $25. The trail was on the easier side, despite being listed as moderate here. The path hugs the river more or less the entire time and has a few of bridges and viewpoints over the mini-rapids and waterfalls. Ouzel waterfall itself is picturesque and most groups stopped off at the base for snacks/lunch. I was hoping to find some quieter pools to go for a swim, but there wasn't an area suitable.

This trail was beautiful. Tons of water and waterfalls. It was scenic the whole way up. One thing I will say, it was crowded, we had to park about 1.5 miles from the trail head as others also mentioned, even though we got there early. In addition, i would say this trail is on the very low end of moderate. There’s maybe 3 places on the whole trail I would rate as moderate, the rest being pretty gradual and easy. Definitely going to head back to this area to check out the nearby lakes, etc.

Amazing views and cascades and falls were fantastic!

My wife and I loved this trail. Waterfalls galore and such beautiful little details like Bridges and rock borders. I can't wait to do this hike again. Go early if you don't want to share the falls with a hundred of your favorite friends.

great camping, and a challenging hike!

7/1/18: What a beautiful trail! Much of the hike is through pine forests with packed dirt/rock, like many RMNP trails. Amazing views of Long's peak and nearby peaks. The falls is gorgeous. We went another 0.9 miles to Ouzel falls, which was just as nice. For a Sunday, this trail had only light-moderate traffic; crowded right at the end near the falls, where the Wild Basin trail connects. Pretty wildflowers. A great way to get into RMNP for free and (at least in the beginning) avoid the typical tourist traffic.

14 days ago

This trail is amazing. We will be back!

It was an amazing hiking trail. We all had a great experience and would highly recommend this trail.

Absolutely gorgeous views the whole way! My husband and I hiked this a few weeks ago in early June and it was so nice! I was dealing with a rare case of altitude sickness so we didn’t end up going all the way to Ouzel Falls which I was sad about but the rest of the hike was so beautiful we couldn’t complain. We will return and acclimate better next time before doing this hike and make it to the Falls!

15 days ago

Perfect day to be on this trail. Get there early (We got there about 7:50 am) for parking at the Trailhead and to avoid crowds. We climbed above the falls and bushwhacked to the trail to Ouzel Lake. View were amazing!

16 days ago

Beautiful trail! Very crowded until after ouzel falls then there was almost no one.

18 days ago

Nice hike. There appear to be some discrepancies in this trail listing. As previous reviewers have stated, you can access this lake from two different trailheads: Allenspark trailhead (not part of RMNP, thus not subject to the park entrance fee), and from the Finch Lake trailhead in Wild Basin (part of RMNP, subject to the entry fee, and little parking). The map on All Trails actually shows it starting from the Allenspark trailhead (which also shortens the distance slightly). We actually made it to Finch Lake an entirely different way, for a 12-mile tour of Wild Basin: started from the Wild Basin trailhead, passed by Copeland Falls, Calypso Cascades, and Ouzel Falls, backtracked a mile to get to the connector trail that took us up to Finch lake (after 3.5 miles), then back down to the Fern Lake trailhead from there. The connector trail offered some amazing views of peaks that aren't easily available in other parts of the park, and we went through an incredible variety of scenery and terrain. I'd highly recommend this loop for a longer hike. Enjoy!

19 days ago

Got there around 7:00 AM and the parking lot was about half full. Awesome trail! Has great forest views, waterfalls, wild flowers and views of the mountains as you get higher up. Once at Ouzel Falls, take the trail to the left to get up close to the falls. You can follow a small trail all the way up the mountain and stand at the base of the falls. At the top, you will also get a great view of Long’s Peak and other mountains. Started heading down around 10:00 AM and the trail was starting to get a little more crowded. Definitely one of the best trails I’ve hiked.

19 days ago

Parking lot was full at 10a on a tues, but there was parking about 0.7 miles from the trailhead. Plenty of people until after ouzel falls and not so many after which was great.

Clear of snow except for a patch about 100yards long just below the lake.

This trail is GORGEOUS!!! Nice, leisurely stroll through the trees past beautiful waterfalls.

I did this trail today and absolutely loved it! It wasn’t too busy as the weather forecast called for rain all day. There were some gorgeous wildflowers at the beginning of the trail. The river with large boulders is gorgeous and the waterfall is breathtaking. Getting in to the National Park costs $25 but they accept cash or card, so just be ready for that. I will definitely be back here again.

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