Explore the most popular snowshoeing 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.

4 days ago

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

5 days ago

Wife and I hiked the estes cone trail today 7.10 in a little under 4 hrs. Arrived at trailhead just before 9 and lot was full so parked on the road with a short walk back up. Great overall, moderately challenging hike, esp the last .5 mil. The trail is hard to dicern near the top and back down so be sure to notice your surroundings. View from the top is worth all those steps.

Exceeded my expectations. Gorgeous hike. Beautiful falls.

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.

9 days ago

Great hiking.

off road driving
10 days ago

Me and my family took this road with our jeep wrangler (that is lifted) off roading. The first part was quite easy and we thought we could drive the whole way pretty easily. We soon realized there were many, MANY rocks and tough spots. This road is definitely not made for off road driving. If you end up going off road driving on this trail, please make sure your car or truck is lifted and you are ready for an adventure because it sure is. That was definitely not worth the 3 hour drive.

10 days ago

It is a hard trail. Up near the summit, the carens disappear near the summit so it is very easy to get lost coming back down.

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

Beautiful! Saw a huge bull moose!

12 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.

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.

16 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!

17 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!

20 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!

21 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.

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.

Beautiful moderate hike. Certainly a long one. Bring lots of water and snacks. Traverse through marshy meadows, forest, by rivers, past pristine lakes. Absolutely lovely!!

24 days ago

One of the best hikes I’ve ever done. As said over and over, get there early! By 7:30 the first lot fills up. I got there at 8:45 and I was parked 1.5 miles from the trailhead. The trail and scenery is absolutely stunning.

Wonderful hike! So nice and mellow. It was good for out of town family who aren’t used to the altitude. All of the falls along the way were so pleasant.

25 days ago

Hiked 6/21.Awesome trail. Got blessed with perfect weather. Agree w others - get there early. Arrived at 820a, and took the last parking spot. The turn off from hwy7 to the park entrance is bit tricky (immediately past the RMNP sign)

If you like trails with creeks and waterfalls, this trail is one of the best...When you get to the fall (just before the bridge) go up 20-30yards to the left for a close up spectacular view. Continued up to the lake which is another couple miles from the fall. Definitely less crowded... wildflowers and the views are awesome. Just be aware, no tree cover for the last 1.5miles to the lake - take plenty of sunscreen.
There were plenty of young children hiking to the fall, however I would not recommend young children to continue past the fall (no shade and elevation).

26 days ago

Was beautiful and there were a good amount people. I got there around 8:45 and had to walk a mile and a half to the trail head. Heads up that there is a $25 parking fee for the day. Great hike for seeing awesome waterfalls.

Trip dates:: 6/15-17. You want to enjoy lakes in close proximity to each other? Do this hike. We enjoyed a two night three days backpacking trip here. Stayed at the Solitaire campground. From here all the lakes from Verna lake n on is accessible all the way to Fifth Lake which is the very last lake on the map. Its marshy and about a foot deep in but if u don’t mInd then by all means head up towards the Fifth Lake- it’s gorgeous!! Lots of downed trees and the trail is not maintained after Verna Lake and you will see a sign that will indicate that. Lots of water and gushing falls. Bonus: a few actual man made steps makes the uphill hike a beautiful photo op. Lots of vista points as well. Very busy trail head but thins out and it’s just you and the wild as you go higher. A bear crossed our path on the way out. Never happened to us in our 12+ years of backpacking. Reminder that this is CO and is there’s very much “wild” left in the wilderness.

I really enjoyed this hike and Lake Verna did not disappoint, but it was long! This was the longest day hike I have attempted (I hike very slowly...it took me 5 hours to get there...) and while I would have enjoyed seeing Spirit Lake, I didn't have it in me. Next time I should backpack and stay at one of the backcountry sites and split it up. What I liked about this hike was the variety of terrain: meadow, cliffs, aspens, pine forests and so many waterfalls! Lone Pine Lake was not that exciting, but Lake Verna was beautiful.

My friends and I just did a 4 day backpacking trip, June 6th through the 9th. I absolutely loved this trail, being a Texan who has never hiked in any elevation or on trails with any substantial elevation gain this was a difficult trail for us. We averaged four miles a day but didn’t push ourselves too hard. First night was an pine ridge, we then hiked to finch lake where we stayed for two nights and day hiked to pear lake on the third day. The prepared camp sites at both pine ridge and finch lake were nice and clean. Pear lake was gorgeous, a lot more snow than I was expecting. It’s very well marked as well. I would definitely hike this trail again. It’s a great beginner multi day backpacking trail.

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