A great day to get out of the city with temperatures reaching the mid 90s and head up to the high country to hopefully cooler temps. Take Hwy 7 towards Lyons and just outside of Allenspark to the Wild Basin trail head.
This time back to the Wild Basin trail head within Rocky Mountain National Park for another attempt at Ouzel Lake. My last time on this trail was in June 2014 and a combination of a missed alternate trail, a washed out bridge from the flooding in late 2013 and injuring my knee along the trail, I never made it to the lake.
A look back
The final approach to Ouzel Lake
Very exciting and lucky to capture this shot of a bull moose today
Overall it was a great day to be on the trail, as you may or may not know traffic is also heavy mostly due to Ouzel Falls and and the Cascades along the way. Getting there as early as possible is a great idea to find a decent parking space. The highlight of the day for myself of course was spotting a bull moose on the descent from Ouzel Lake.
Distance covered this hike was 9.9 miles, taking an alternate trail part of the way up and back down the normal trail coming back down.
It’s been awhile since my last time on a trail and this hike and I wasnt at my best being a bit under the weather in New Mexico. This day’s hike was to Ouzel Lake, a 9.9 mile hike, but being that I work in the accounting field let’s just round up and say 10 miles. Just a warning, the direct way to Ouzel Lake isnt the way to go, we learned this the hard way along with several other hikers who had the same destination in mind. The bridge at Ouzel Falls is out from the flooding last September. Following the Wild Basin Trailhead, you can get as far as Ouzel Falls and if you’re adventurous enough, you can go around and up over the falls and try to pick up the trail from there. What we should have done was taken the trails leading to the camping sites earlier on the trail and we would’ve reached Ouzel Lake no problem. I was disappointed we didnt reach the lake, but I took a fall and injured my knee pretty bad, so coming back down the trail was probably the best idea. Here are just a few pics from that day using my camera phone. I still have others to upload from my Fuji camera. Hopefully I can do this soon. Enjoy!
Bridge is out…
Standing atop Ouzel Falls
In front of Ouzel Falls