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.

hiking
17 hours ago

Beautiful hike in the trees with nice vistas to the south and south east early in the hike and north to Longs Peak at the end. Made it to the parking lot about 6:15 am and didn’t see anyone on the trail until I was heading back from the lake. Looong line to get into Wild Basin by the time I got back about 10:45. Last tenth of a mile to the lake is still 2+ feet of snow, and it’s starting to soften.

Wonderful views of Longs Peak. Nice steady climb. (~2000’ in three miles) Views at the top are very nice! Also, you can access it from Lilly lake or the ranger station.

Hiked/climbed Longs Peak back in 2013 and it was by far the best 14’er accomplishment for me so far. It’s a long day hike of some 15 miles RT and we started at 2:30 a.m. to get up and back down before the afternoon storms hit. I’m planning to do this again soon. An epic hike for sure.

hiking
4 days ago

Went yesterday. Fitbit said it was 5 miles to get there. No snow until the last 3/4 miles. Not much of it and snow is not a factor for the hike, you can just walk along the side of the snow. Lake is mostly all thawed out and only a couple snow spots on the "beach" Amazing hike. Amazing lake. One of the best mountain lakes.

on Finch Lake Trail

hiking
6 days ago

Took our 5 and 9 year olds on this hike. We didn’t make it to the lake but loved seeing little streams and wildlife. It was a bit steep in spots but still had a great time. We plan on packing lunches and trying again!

hiking
6 days ago

Started the trail around 1030, reached Ouzel Falls around 1145. Not crowded at all due to the cloudy weather. Had to stop for a few minutes because moose were reported on the trail ahead, but we did not notice them, the ranger said they were getting frequent sightings in the area. Tried to continue on the Ouzel Lake, had to stop about 0.5 miles from the lake, due to a lot of snow remaining on the trail. I've taken this trail about once a year for the past few years, always a great time and a great hike.

Hiked to the falls on 5/15. Attempted Ouzel Lake but as of the 15th the trail was too snowpacked about 0.5 miles away from the lake so we weren’t able to get to the end. Beautiful views the whole trip though!

hiking
10 days ago

5/14/18 hiked early morning before the rain. the hike was absolutely beautiful. Was going to try to go to Finch Lake but decided to go the falls instead to beat the rain.

hiking
10 days ago

Great hike. Started out at May 15 2018 8AM from Allenspark trailhead. Not a soul on the trail. The 1st half of trail was pretty easy just uphill. Hit A lot if snow the rest if the way that was soft so sank above my knees with every step. Didnt necessarily need snow shoes but was a very wet hike. Finch Lake was gorgeous..worth the hike. The snow slowed me down. Didnt get back to trailhead until 4 pm. I would rate the 2nd half of the hike to the lake as medium to hard this time of year due too the amount of snow. On the return to the hike back to the trailhead the warmer temps made walking in the inbound snow footprints, sink in the snow slushy ones. Overall a great hike.

hiking
13 days ago

We just hiked this trail today (5/13/18). It was absolutely gorgeous. The trailhead parking lot is open and *most* of the snow is gone. A good mix of terrain and challenging uphills. Do not just turn around when you get to the Ouzel Falls bridge, keep going just a little bit further to the lookout! Makes the whole thing worth it, IMO. Such a great time of year to be here - not too hot or cold, not too crowded or empty, no bugs. The river was raging and so beautiful.

We did this hike in June of 2017. It was the first real hike we've done and it gave our family the hiking bug. I absolutely loved loved loved this hike. My kids did well with the hike- my then three year old rode on my husband's back and my then five year old did the whole hike without any complaint.

nice hike

hiking
20 days ago

Did this hike yesterday (May 5th) - it was beautiful. Still mostly snowpack for 2nd half of trail - I made it in a good pair of hiking boots but would recommend crampons and/or trekking poles. About a mile walk on gravel road to the trailhead so total distance is over 7 miles.

hiking
21 days ago

At trail at 7:00 AM. Clear trail until first bridge then spikes definitely recommended. Hard pack on way up, slush and snow coming down. After crossing the bridge at Ouzel falls, snowshoes highly recommended. 4" new snow and it is heavy and wet. Easy to follow trail all the way to the lake. Always a good hike no matter the weather.

hiking
23 days ago

It was great and the falls were gorgeous! Lots of snow though!

hiking
26 days ago

Hiked on Saturday 4/28. Road to wild basin trail head was not open yet so we had to park a little further down. Restrooms at trail head. Trail was mostly snow free until about 9000 ft but significant accumulations at higher elevations, especially past Ouzel falls and closer to 10000 ft near the lake, so expect to post hole. Micro spikes/crampons/snowshoes/hiking poles not necessary but recommended. Decent amount of water in the falls. Nice view of Longs and other 12ers/13ers in the area.

hiking
1 month ago

It was a beautiful trail and was very quiet. There was still lots of snow so it was a little slick in some parts. Overall a great hike though.

on Ouzel Falls Trail

1 month ago

Lovely!

One of our favorites, and doesn't require having to go through the national park to get to the trail head. Loved the scramble at the top, and the windy views are worth it. Would not recommend this trail of you have small children that do not like scrambling.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail!

This is not a "bang for your buck" kind of hike, like the big name hikes out of the main RMNP east entrance. I ran into several tourists near the entrance who seemed disappointed with the hike. Instead this is a hike for solitude and being in the wilderness. Really nice water features along the hike and pristine woodland. If you need some peace and quiet then this is your hike.

We clocked 8.25 miles accounting for the extra 2 miles (1 each way) due to the winter parking lot as well as some wandering around the falls. we had snowshoes but never used them, however I suggest having them right now just in case. The waterfalls will be a lot more exciting in a month or so.

Quite icy. Had snowshoes but only needed them to deal with the ice.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a wonderful hike. It is easy to find and offers amazing views from the summit.

I started from the Long's Peak Ranger Station parking lot. It is easily accessible from Highway 7. The road were plowed, paved and easily accessible.

We started later in the day, around 1 pm. That was probably a mistake because the snow was a bit messy and slushy due to the warm weather. The trail to Long's Peak and Chasm Lake was fairly busy, we saw 5 groups going in both directions over the first half mile. We saw only one group on the trail once we turned North toward the Cone. This was a nice surprise to see the trail nearly empty.

The trail is well packed and easy to hike in micro spikes. Snowshoes were not necessary. The snow was not very deep and potholing was not an issue. The initial 2 miles of the hike are rolling hills with relatively little elevation gain. It was a very laid back hike. The final 1.2 miles is where the majority of the elevation gain comes from. Once you cross Storm Pass Trail you are on the final .7 miles of ascent. The snow is very sloppy here and you could see areas where people slid 5 to 6 feet through the slush. The trail is very steep here and very slick. Also, follow the cairns. I got a little lost because a set of foot prints that looked like the trail lead to a dead end. I used my GPS to find my way back to the trail.

It may be getting to be a little late in the snow season to attempt this trail. Know if you are comfortable hiking on steep slick terrain. The snow is beginning to melt and there were small trails of melted water that made the trail even messier. There were marks in the snow from what looked like falls by other hikers. The descent was difficult and I did fall one time, though I was not hurt.

The view is one of the best in Colorado because you can see the entire continental divide as it winds through Rocky Mountain National Park. It is pretty amazing and humbling. Long's Peak is definitely the highlight of the view, but the whole thing is pretty amazing.

on Estes Cone Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Memorial Day weekend 2017. Icy in spots toward the top, slippery in spots. Nice view of Longs Peak from the summit.

Nice quiet trail with great views at the top. Snowshoes not needed as the trail was almost all packed snow, but I was very happy I brought my micro spikes. There were some rogue snowshoe tracks a bit after the sign saying 0.7 miles to the top, right as you start to really gain elevation up the cone, but I was able to find the trail easily with the many cairns. Took me 3 hours round trip.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Great day! Several very steep sections, plenty of flat in between. Put snowshoes on at about 2 miles. Trail was easy to follow even with fresh snow on the ground. Didn’t make it all the way to the lake due to time but will be back soon to finish for sure!

Loved exploring this snowy wonderland today. My waterproof hiking boots carried me through just fine- definitely a little slippery though around some of the turns towards the end

Great hike, wear good hiking shoes. Our end point was at Ouzel Falls. Take some time to get closer to the bottom of the falls, well worth the extra time spent.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Feb 25 2018 - Beautiful morning snowshoeing adventure. Great forest coverage throughout, with some sporadic views of the St Vrain valley that you're trekking through. It was snowy enough to require snowshoes. The frozen cascades are pretty spectacular. You do have to walk about a mile to the trailhead in the winter from the open parking lot, which is a bit of a bummer. [3.8/5]

snowshoeing
2 months ago

We hiked from the Longs Peak ranger station to the peak and back.

Snowshoes were handy, as some people in our group didn’t have them and were up to their hips in the recent snow. I didn’t bring spikes however, and the snowshoes were tough on the icy/rocky bits; just my boots didn’t grip well as there was a lot of hard packed icy snow.

That being said, if I’d had the right gear, I would have enjoyed the last mile up/down a lot more. Due to the snow and ice, it took about 6 hours.

The views were beautiful, though, even before we got to the top. Highly recommend if you have the right gear with you.

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