This easy 2.7 mile hike passes by three named waterfalls and numerous smaller cascades and trickles. The popular trail is shaded making for wonderful summer hikes, but the shade also means that this trail sometimes has snow into June. Bring your microspikes or snowshoes early in the season.
Enter RMNP at the Wild Basin Entrance
The Wild Basin Park Entrance Station is 12.5 miles south of Estes Park on Highway 7. Keep an eye out for a small sign because this remote entrance is easy to miss.
After entering the park, there is a short 2.2-mile drive on a one-lane dirt road past campsites and the Finch Lake Trailhead. The park recommends a 4wd vehicle, but we see compact cars use this road often with no problems. If you meet someone on the road, there are several pull-offs you can take to let them pass by. (Note: During the winter season, this road closes at the parking lot 1-mile prior to the Wild Basin Trailhead.)
When you reach the Wild Basin Trailhead, there is ample parking, a ranger station, and restrooms. Don't worry if you skip the restrooms. There's a rustic privy about halfway to Ouzel Falls on the trail.
Copeland Falls - 0.3 miles
It's just a short jont to this small waterfall along the North St. Vrain Creek. This is a perfect little stroll for those who have just arrived at high elevation or for parents traveling with small children. You can get up next to the shore, sit on the rocks, fish, or have a picnic. Explore the lower falls before heading up to the upper falls area.
Calypso Cascades - 1.8 miles
On the way to this meandering fall, you pass by the river with several smaller falls and rapids. There are some nice shady spots to sit and dunk your feet. There is also a spur trail that branches off to backcountry camping sites.
When you approach Calypso Cascades, you can't see it because of the dense woods on either side. Your first hint of the cascade is a small bridge at 1.6 miles that hops over an un-named waterfall. Up ahead 0.2 miles is the larger Calypso Cascades bridge. Once you step onboard the bridge, you get a prime viewing spot of the 200-foot tall cascades.
Ouzel Falls - 2.7 miles
The flood of September, 2013, took out the bridge to Ouzel Falls. Follow the tied streamers to hike an alternative route through the woods to view the 40-foot falls. This is a popular spot on a nice summer day so you may have to wait your turn to sprawl out on large flat rocks and logs in front of Ouzel.