Cascade Falls and Big Pool
ElevationAscent: 559' 170 m
Descent: -559' -170 m
High: 8,897' 2,712 m
Low: 8,485' 2,586 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)
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“A scenic out-and-back featuring waterfalls and a natural pool.”— Brian Smith
After just over three miles, you'll arrive at the beautiful Cascade Falls. These falls are about 100 feet long as the North Inlet Creek descends over jagged granite. After viewing the falls, continue eastward on the North Inlet Trail toward Big Pool Campground.
The campground was named after this natural feature that occurs along North Inlet just past a small waterfall. The pool is bound on one side by steep, 10-15 foot cliffs and more gradual sloping granite on the other.
This is the turn around point for this route. Enjoy the varying terrain as you descend back towards Grand Lake on North Inlet Trail and keep your eyes peeled for marmots, moose and other critters.
Flora: Ponderosa pine, douglas fir, wildflowers, shrubs
Fauna: Elk, mule deer, moose, bighorn sheep, coyotes, black bears, cougars, butterflies.
For more detailed information regarding the park's diverse ecosystems, click HERE.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Rocky Mountain National Park