Driving approximately 40 miles total; about 1.5 hours roundtrip. Hiking between 5.5 and 10 miles roundtrip depending on group interest and ability; between 4 and 5 hours hike time. Trailhead elevation is about 8,006 feet; elevation gain/loss of approximately 1,500 feet; maximum elevation of roughly 10,000 feet.
Restaurant plated meal.
Our hike today will start in Wild Basin at a trailhead of 8,566 feet. A day to enjoy beautiful waterfalls, we will first come to Copeland Falls then climb to Calypso Cascades, which were named after the calypso orchid, also known as fairy slipper. As we walk along the trail, we will see remains of a 1978 forest fire, which opened up the area resulting in a great view of Mt. Meeker to the right and Long’s Peak on the left. Soon after comes Ouzel Falls at 9,516 feet. It is named after a little grey bird about the size of a robin that dips its head in the stream and dives for insects; it is also called a dipper. Those who wish to go on a longer hike can join a Group Leader for a continuation to Ouzel Lake about 5 miles from the trailhead with an elevation gain of roughly 1,510 feet.
At a pleasant stopping point along the trail, we’ll have boxed lunches. Pre-selected sandwich, chips, fruit, dessert.
After completing our hike, we’ll return to motel for a late afternoon arrival.
At a restaurant in Estes Park, we’ll enjoy a tasty plated farewell dinner plus soft drinks, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase. Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends.
At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.