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Date Saturday  7/6/2019
End Date
Group Fort Collins
Event Title Ouzel Lake Hike
Start Time 6:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Bill Trout
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 6
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Classification Moderate B
Trail Mileage 10.5
Elevation Gain 1700
Driving Distance


We will meet at the Target parking lot at Troutman and College. Please park in the NW corner of the parking lot. I would like to leave promply at 6:00am, so please try to arrive by 5:50am. The parking at Wild Basin will fill early, so we need an early start time to hopefully find parking. 

Hike will begin from Wild Basin trailhead, in the southeastern corner of Rocky Mountain National Park. To reach the trailhead from Estes Park, drive 12.6 miles south on Colorado Highway 7 to Wild Basin road and turn right. After driving another 0.4 miles make another right turn into the park. The Wild Basin Trailhead is located about 2.2 miles from the park entrance on a narrow gravel road, suitable for 2 wheel drive vehicles.

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For any information about the hike, contact call or text Bill Trout at 970-222-3398. Or you can email me at


This hike offers several water feature attraction along the way to Ouzel Lake, including Copeland Falls, Calypso Cascades and Ouzel Falls. All should be spectacular with all the snow melt experienced this year. At 0.3 mile we will see Lower Copeland Falls, our first destination, the Upper Copeland Falls a little further up the trail. Hiking another mile or so, we will see an unnamed waterfall, followed by Calypso Cascades another 0.25 mile up the trail. Calypso Cascades is a 200 foot cascading waterfall that can be quite impressive this time of year. Above Calypso Cascades we will see sporadic views of Longs Peak and Mount Meeker from a different perspective than we are used to seeing from the Bear Lake area. After hiking for about 2.7 miles we will reach Ouzel Falls, an impressive 40 foot waterfall. From this point on, we will pretty much follow Ouzel Creek all the way to the lake. After hiking about 4.5 miles we will reach the Ouzel Lake trail and continue towards the Ouzel Lake. Sitting at an elevation of about 10,020 feet, Ouzel Lake has a reputation of being one of the more scenic lakes in the park. The two dominating mountains are 13,176 foot Mount Copeland towards the south and 12,632 foot Mahana Peak towards the northwest. In the center, rising above the trees along the western shore is 12,716 foo Ouzel Peak.


The trail, especially the upper reaches, could be wet, muddy and snowpacked. So remember to wear waterproof boots. An extra pair of socks may not be a bad idea. We may also have some postholing through late melting snow drifts, so waterproof gaiters are also recommended. And finally dont forget, lunch, snacks, water and sunscreen. Of course alway have the 10 essentials in your pack.



Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.