Ouzel Falls

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tyegator
Gainesville, FL378 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Beautiful hike through the woods with the roaring river and several falls. We came back via a loop of the wild basin trail and were the only ones there. It was lovely
Written 10 June 2024
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George S
Miami Beach, FL1,616 contributions
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Aug 2022 • Family
We hiked to the Ouzel Falls from the Wild Basin Trailhead in mid-August. It was perhaps our nicest trek. The trail was 2.7 miles one way with an elevation rise of 950 feet — a moderate hike and one not that easy. But through out the hike we were paralleling the creek that ran alongside. The sound of the water, the various mini rapids and the scenery were so lovely and serene. Additionally most of the route was under the tree canopy which kept kept us cool. What an enjoyable trek! The falls itself was very nice, picturesque and we did not regret our effort. We chose not to continue any further to Ouzel Lake (and additional 2.2 miles with another 600 feet rise) — too tough.
Pls note that the trailhead is not that big. Parking was tight even at 10am. When we finished in early afternoon, the lots were full with cars parked on the sides of the road. Do not overlook the Wild Basin Area, especially the Ouzel Falls trek.
Written 5 November 2022
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Natalie A
3 contributions
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Aug 2021
Gorgeous hike, not too strenuous but perfect for acclimating to the high altitude. Tons of waterfalls and green trees. Really enjoyed this hike!
Written 31 August 2021
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OutsiderJoe
Jacksonville Beach, FL38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
I hiked the Ouzel Falls Trail last month while visiting RMNP. If you are a fan of waterfalls then this is your hike. The trail follows rivers that have several falls and many areas of rapids. The trail gradually ascents up to Ouzel Falls and is not really difficult if you are in reasonable shape (labeled as moderate). There were many families and groups of young people on the trail which was great to see after COVID. The trail is heaviliy trafficked and you need to get there early (or like I did) later in the afternoon or you will likely have a long walk to the trailhead. This is an out and back trail- not a loop. Up all the way there and down on the way back.! Great trail with lots for cool views!
Written 6 July 2021
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CraftBeers
Plano, TX25,039 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
I would read the reviews on TripAdvisor for Wild Basin Area. There are four major trail systems to explore. The Bluebird and Ouzel Lake trail is one of them. Ouzel Falls is the third and final stop for the three waterfalls along this trail. It's 2.7 miles out and about 1000 ft of climb. You'll pass Copeland Falls and Calypso Cascade on your way here. The lower section up to Copeland is easy and slightly inclined. The hike from Copeland to Calypso is pretty steep with several stair-like steps that will give you a work out. The final push to Ouzel is a moderate climb. Be sure to bring lots of water. Maybe even pack a lunch to hangout and enjoy the views. We were on the trails for a little under four hours.

If you have the time and endurance, continue on to Bluebird Lake. It's another 2.2 miles from Ouzel Falls. Bluebird Lake is another 1.5 miles past Bluebird.

Wild Basin, the entrance to this trail system, is an 18 mile drive along hwy 7. It's worth the drive to visit the trio of falls. Definitely allow plenty of time for driving, finding a parking spot and the actual hike. Parking took us 30 minutes of circling until someone left and freed up a spot around 10:00 AM.

All entrances into Rocky Mountain National Park require a reservation made in advance. There is a fee associated with the reservation. If you have not made a reservation a few weeks in advance, there is a high likelihood that you will not get in.
Written 5 August 2020
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Justin P
Raleigh, NC4,552 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Ouzel Falls is a really beautiful 40-foot waterfall in the Wild Basin area of the park. The hike is about 5 miles round trip and moderate. The trail crosses Ouzel Creek below the falls, but for the best views, follow the path up to the base. It's possible to climb around on the rocks to view from different angles, but be careful as the rocks are slippery. We visited on the longer Bluebird Lake hike.
Written 22 November 2019
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Polly D
Peru, IN51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Family
This was a wonderful trail that led us past three amazing waterfalls. Once we reached Ouzel, we climbed the rocks all the way to the top for some amazing pictures and explored for a while before turning back. Really glad we found this trail! Our kids who are 13 and 9 loved it!
Written 13 October 2019
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Whitney S
571 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
This is a beautiful hike that starts at the Wild Basin trailhead. We got the last parking spot at 8am so arrive early to avoid having to walk from farther back. The hike is 2.7 miles one way. It took us 1.5 hours to get up and 1 hour to get down. It is moderate difficulty. You pass Copeland falls and Calypso cascade on the way. When you get to Ouzel falls, hike up the left side of the falls before going over the bridge to see the big waterfall at the top.
Written 2 September 2019
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Crystal S
Overland Park, KS229 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
This was a good length day hike with a lot of things to see along the way. The falls at the top are quite pretty but to be completely honest, for those just wanting views and not necessarily the mileage I think you could stop at the Calypso Cascades which is about 1/2 - 2/3rds of the way up. This hike is less about mountain/valley views and more about water features - which may be your kind of hike! But I prefer something with more stunning views of the surrounding areas. You hike quite a ways up and the vegetation does vary quite a bit, so that's a plus. It's never SUPER steep - some gradual switchbacks once you get up to the top - but most people could handle this hike as long as you can handle the length. This hike is also shaded almost all the way (at least partially) so it would be a good hike on a really hot, sunny day.
Written 23 July 2019
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Tom O
Beaumont, TX8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
One of the best hikes in the park, but get there early. If not you will be hiking down a dirt road for a mile just to get to the trailhead. Part of what makes the hike nice is the very reason you should start early, the limited parking keeps the crowds down.
Written 10 July 2019
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