Although dawn or earlier is usually the best time to start hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, this painful practice is unnecessary for a hike to Ouzel Falls, which does not exhibit significant mountain views. The low, bright light of early morning that illuminates mountain vistas so dramatically is not the best for viewing shady streamside vistas along the trail to Wild Basin’s most popular hiking destination. Sunny skies pour too much light on raging white streams, making so much contrast between water and woods that it is very difficult for your eyes to perceive the whole scene at once. Toward midday the sun will be higher in the sky and often dimmed by clouds, casting even light by which it is easier to appreciate the wonders of Wild Basin forests. Highlights: Abundant wildflowers, noisy white-water stream, Calypso Cascades, regrowth after 1978 forest fire, Ouzel Falls.
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Directions to: Ouzel Fallsprint directions
Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||Meeker Park|
|Skill Level||Easy to moderate|
|Season||Best summer and fall|
|Trailhead Elevation||8,500 ft|
|Top Elevation||9,450 ft|
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