Cascade Falls is a series of enchanting waterfalls that tumble over large boulders for hundreds of feet. Located in Grand Lake, CO, and part of Rocky Mountain National Park, it is magical.

One of Colorado’s most spectacular waterfalls!

Stats and a Map of the Trailhead are at the bottom.

Cascade Falls is part of Rocky Mountain National Park, located outside the west entrance in Grand Lake, CO.

I loved this hike even though the trees were bare from a previous forest fire; the wildflowers, lush greenery, and scenic views along the trail were stunning. 


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Flat surfaces make this an easy trek with various ups and downs. Not long into the hike, we spotted three moose and were overjoyed, never tired of seeing these majestic, beautiful, intimidating creatures. 

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Areas of slight rocky uphills covered in wildflowers with views looking down into lush meadows and above towering rocky slopes. 

Different without trees, you can see forever. We are looking for a bull moose others spotted but never found him. It’s a common area for moose sightings. 

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Wildflowers and more wildflowers are amazing and such a treat!

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Several water crossings later, the trail begins slightly uphill and gets more exciting as we get farther back into the canyon. 

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Rushing water cascades down North Inlet Stream in a fury of white rapids spilling over rocks. It’s loud and gorgeous, and we haven’t reached the falls yet. 

Cascade Falls is what its name describes; it is a cascade rather than a straight-drop waterfall spilling over granite rocks for 100s of feet. Mesmerizing and one of the most spectacular sights we’ve witnessed. (my photo does not do it justice)! A must-do hike!

6.8 miles out & back

Rated: Moderate

Reach Cascade Falls on North Inlet Trail

Nearest Town: > Grand Lake, CO

Fee Area: > Rocky Mountain National Park

> Timed Entry from 9 am – 2.30 pm

We arrived before 9 am to avoid timed entry

No dogs

Restrooms at Trailhead

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