Explore the most popular walking 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.

great hike. get the early on the weekend because the parking lots get full early.

gorgeous trail! Loved it! The cascades are beautiful!

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2 days ago

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

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3 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.

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

Exceeded my expectations. Gorgeous hike. Beautiful falls.

Great day hike with incredible views at the top!

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6 days ago

Beautiful lake!

6 days ago

Great hiking.

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!

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.

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8 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!

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.

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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.

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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!

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14 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!

Great, well maintained trail with a beautiful, large lake with arkose sand beaches as a payout. I found this trail to be tame and very doable in a morning (8-12).

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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!

hiking
18 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.

Sunday 6/24 hike was awesome with waterfalls running high. Quickly sighted mama moose n kid, we didn’t want to spook her! Columbine & wild roses. Super friendly volunteers & good potty at trailhead parking lot. It’s popular but still loverly!

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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