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Perimeter Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.4 (27)

A trail circumnavigating Ouray with views of the Icepark, Box Canyon Falls, and Cascade Falls.


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Map Key

4.8

Miles

7.8

KM

83%

Runnable

8,470' 2,582 m

High

7,725' 2,355 m

Low

1,116' 340 m

Up

984' 300 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

54%

Max Grade (28°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Description

The Perimeter Trail is a locally maintained trail, spanning multiple trailheads (Cascade Falls, Baby Bathtubs, Ice Park Trail, Twin Peaks) to give views of the listed attractions and the town.

The main trailhead is located across from the visitor center, and there are multiple TH's allowing for a full or partial loop of the town. From the main trailhead, the trail climbs quickly to give views of the town and surrounding areas. Cascade Falls is the first attraction, less than 1 mile from the TH. This scenic falls is a great place to stop for a break, or just a beautiful scene to admire.

Continuing from Cascade Falls, you'll run through the pines, eventually crossing Highway 550. This part of the trail eventually gives views of the top of the Ouray Icepark, leading to Box Canyon Falls.

Box Canyon Falls (a fee area) is located about 2/3 of the way into the loop. It is a worthy little side trip, running down approximately 200' in elevation and entering the falls themselves. Enjoy this dramatic fall, or cool down on a hot day before climbing back to the main trail.

The trail continues to the Old Twin Peaks TH and into town. As of summer 2016, you exit the trail on South Pinecrest St., head downhill to Queen St., continue to Oak Street and continue through town on 550 to the main TH, which is where you began your journey.

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Dave P.

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 27 votes

#1

in Ouray

#181

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  4.4 from 27 votes
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#1

in Ouray

#45

in Colorado

#181

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Photos

From Perimeter Trail, overlooking Ouray.
Jul 24, 2016 near Ouray, CO
Looking South on the Perimeter Trail
Jul 11, 2020 near Ouray, CO
View of Cascade Falls from below.
Dec 8, 2016 near Ouray, CO
Lower Cascade Falls becomes encased in ice come winter.
May 12, 2017 near Ouray, CO
Perimeter trail
Dec 10, 2020 near Ouray, CO
Another view of the canyon
Aug 10, 2018 near Ouray, CO

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Jul 28, 2020
Chris Ho
One of the most beautiful "runable" trails in Colorado. 7.5mi — 1h 43m
Oct 3, 2019
Jason Doyle
Ran slow, took in the views 4.8mi — 1h 37m
Sep 20, 2019
Hanah Fae
Jun 8, 2018
Galina Melamed
Amazing!!!! Went into the Box Canyon and ran to Main Street. 6.5mi
Sep 2, 2017
Maor Tiyouri
I would recommend to get a map from Visitor Center as it is a bit confusing, although there are good markings on trail.