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blue Perimeter Trail


4.8 mile 7.8 kilometer point to point
83% Runnable


Ascent: 1,116' 340 m
Descent: -984' -300 m
High: 8,470' 2,582 m
Low: 7,725' 2,355 m


Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 54% (28°)


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

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Features Views · Waterfall · Wildlife


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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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.

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