Ouzel Falls, Calypso Cascades & Copeland Falls in one hike! Located in the Wild Basin region southeast corner of Rocky Mountain National Park which sometimes gets missed.

Rich in wildlife, scenery, waterfalls, & alpine lakes this area is a gem with lots of trail options.



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Spring hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park never disappoints! Before the summer season, the trails are less crowded and so peaceful. However, the snow is still here!

I knew we probably would not witness the gushing waterfalls and cascades but what I didn’t know was how incredibly beautiful the 5-6′ drifts of snow along the trails and atop boulders would be.

Note: The road to the trailhead was gated. You will have to hike in about a mile & 1/2 to reach the trailhead and ranger station from the parking lot. Check RMNP website for updates.




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The trail is packed down from previous hikers so snowshoes were not needed but in spring we always have microspikes to attach to our hiking boots whenever in the backcountry.

At a short distance from the trailhead, we reached Copeland Falls and hiked to the Lower Falls for a peek. Found high snowdrifts with trickles of water cascading down.

Like a winter picture postcard! 


What do I wear, what gear do I need? >>> CLICK HERE!

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It’s spring! (today it is late March) The warmth of the sun is on our backs and we are in a winter paradise. No better way to experience the Colorado mountains. 



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Calypso Cascades is covered in snow but I can hear water rushing underneath as we cross the bridge. One step off the trail and you are up to your thighs in the snow. Everything is buried in white. 

One trail I won’t forget!

Not having enough time we missed going onto Ouzel Falls. Will be back to see this wonder another time.

This is truly a sensational hike in the springtime. Most want to stay at a lower elevation and feel the coming of spring & summer but I encourage you to try a high elevation trail and witness this in the spring months.

However, I am looking forward to discovering this hike in the summer/fall months too. 


Check the forecast for the area you plan to hike, even in spring. If it looks bad, don’t go! However, if it looks nice ALWAYS check for avalanche warnings. They can happen in nice weather too. Throughout the US >>> Avalanche.org.

In Colorado: >>> Colorado Avalanche Information Center


5.9 miles out & back

to Ouzel Falls

1,062′ elevation gain

Rated: moderate

3.6 miles out & back 

to Calypso Cascades

Rated: easy


Wild Basin Trailhead

Rocky Mountain National Park

Timed Entry Permit System May 27-Oct 10 


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20 Unforgettable Day Hikes

One day hike in Colorado’s Mountains and you will be forever hooked on hiking! The first step onto a trail and you are immersed in beautiful forests, waterfalls, alpine lakes, wildflowers, incredible views, above treeline alpine tundra & snow-capped peaks. >>> CLICK HERE

18 Easy Trails in Colorado’s Backcountry

If you’ve never hiked before these beginner trails will get you hooked. Getting into Colorado’s backcountry is easy peasy with the right trail for beginners and we’ve hiked some great easy trails to share with you. >>> CLICK HERE.


Can't wait to see you on the trail!

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