Hike Profiles for Rocky Mountain National Park and Surrounding Areas

Ouzel Falls

Ouzel Falls is a popular destination for day hikers in the Wild Basin area and the trail passes several cascades.

Distance: 2.7 miles one-way

Waterfall elevation: 9,460 feet

Trailhead elevation: 8,500 feet

Net elevation gain: 960 feet

Wild Basin Trailhead

Rocky Mountain National Park
Ouzel Falls
The red star in the map above shows the relative location of Ouzel Falls to RMNP boundaries (in green) and major roads (in gold)
Major Trail Landmarks
Copeland Falls (0.3 miles one-way from trailhead)
Calypso Cascades (1.8 miles one-way from trailhead)
Principal Destinations Near Ouzel Falls
Thunder Lake (6.8 miles one-way from trailhead) - via Thunder Lake Trail
Ouzel Lake (4.9 miles one-way from trailhead) - via spur trail from Bluebird Lake Trail
Bluebird Lake (6.2 miles one-way from trailhead) - via Bluebird Lake Trail
Backcountry Campsites Near Bluebird Lake
Pine Ridge [PDF Link] - (1.4 miles one-way from trailhead) - elevation 8,880' - 2 individual sites
Ouzel Lake [PDF Link] - (4.9 miles one-way from trailhead) - elevation 10,020' - 1 individual site
Wild Basin Trailhead is on the east side of the Continental Divide between Meeker Park and
Allenspark. Turn west on to Wild Basin Road from Colorado Highway 7, at a junction about 13 miles
south of Estes Park. Continue west to the Copeland Lake area, roughly one-half mile from Highway 7.
The Wild Basin trailhead is about 2 miles beyond Copeland Lake on a narrow gravel road. The trailhead
begins on the south end of the parking area at the Wild Basin Ranger Station. Access to this parking
area may be limited during seasons when snowfall is still present.

Follow signs toward Thunder Lake and follow the trail past Copeland Falls and Calypso Cascades to
Ouzel Falls at 2.7 miles from the trailhead.
Sample photographs of the hike to Ouzel Falls
Copeland Falls
Calypso Cascades
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