Copeland Falls and Calypso Cascades are on the way.
The trail begins at the Wild Basin TH and leads to three waterfalls. Finch Lake TH and Sandbeach Lake TH are located along Wild Basin Rd and offer more backcountry options.
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- Length: 5.4 miles RT
- Elev gain: 950 ft
- Rating: 7.3 Moderate
- Hiking Time: min. 2 hour 30 mins
From the Wild Basin Trailhead, head southwest through an evergreen corridor mixed with aspen. In .4 mile, the trail passes Copeland Falls. Massive boulders flank the trail and rugged cliff bands rise dramatically on the right. After 1.5 miles, cross a wooden bridge over St. Vrain Creek and start a moderate climb to the Calypso Cascades, named in honor of the calypso orchid. The route heads west at the cascades and passes several clearings with views across Wild Basin and of Longs Peak to the north. At mile 2.6, Ouzel Falls comes into view. Look closely and you may spot the falls’ namesake, the ouzel, or dipper, as it plunges into the rushing streamwater.