Ouzel Falls & Back
ElevationAscent: 921' 281 m
Descent: -921' -281 m
High: 9,357' 2,852 m
Low: 8,511' 2,594 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“Three waterfalls, one mountain creek, and 5.5 miles of alpine bliss.”— Caleb Joyce
At lower altitudes you might want some bug spray. A few mosquitos may be present.
Cruise up the trail about 1.4 miles and stay left at the North St. Vrain Fire Trailhead. If you want to, run in and camp at one of multiple backcountry sites. The trail to the right is all yours.
Continuing on, a short way up the trail you'll find the jaw dropping Calypso Cascades. I'd make this your first stop to chow down some trail mix and soak in the babbling water as it rushes down the mountain side.
A mile after the Calypso Cascades, you'll find the Ouzel Falls - a gem of a waterfall. Check out the falls from the bridge. When you want to move closer, there is a lesser trail to the left of the bridge that takes you to the mouth of the falls. Work your way on up for a closer view, you'll be rewarded with a misty shower. High five your buddy for making it halfway!
When you've soaked in enough of Ouzel Falls, reverse your journey, sliding off to the right to see the Copeland Falls on your way back.
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