They favor rocky substrates and clear, cold water, not unlike salmon. The American dipper's nest is a globe-shaped structure with a side entrance, close to water, on a rock ledge, river bank, behind a waterfall or under a bridge. Aug 22, 2020 - Hike info, pictures and video to Ouzel Lake (10,020') in Rocky Mountain National Park Wild Basin area, Colorado, United States, August 11th 2020 Obtain water from the lake's inlet stream. Firewood is … 2. Beyond the waterfalls the trail crosses over Sandbeach Creek. From the roundabout and bridge at the edge of town, it was a breezy half-hour drive on paved roadway to the near the northern end of Chillwack Lake. Ouzel Lake Montana fishing map and location information: Ouzel Lake is a Lake in Carbon County, Montana and can be found on the Fossil Lake USGS topo map. Check with the back country office well in advance, as they're popular sites and may be periodically closed due to bear activity. Obtain water from North St. Vrain Creek, approx. The way to Ouzel Lake takes the Bluebird Trail (left). Obtain water from the lake's. Fantastic bird. The GPS coordinates for this Lake are 45.0766093 (latitude), -109.7884219 (longitude) and the approximate elevation is 9,432 feet (2,875 meters) above sea level. The site is located north of the trail and east of the privy in a mixed lodgepole, spruce, and fir forest. Replies. At roughly 3.5 miles from the trailhead you'll begin to notice the scars and the tremendous devastation leftover from the Ouzel Fire, which was started by a lightning strike on August 9, 1978. Contact Us. Posted by u/[deleted] 4 years ago. From Steve Schweitzer's A Fly Fishing Guide To Rocky Mountain National Park, flyfishingrmnp.com: One of the four lakes in the Park which contains brookies and greenback cutthroat, Ouzel Lake is the most prolific with sizable populations of both. Although you can see it from the new footbridge that now spans across Ouzel Creek, you can get a much better view by traveling off trail for a short distance. Bear left at the junction with Ouzel Lake Trail. From Estes Park, head south on Highway 7 for 11 miles to the Wild Basin turnoff on the west side of the road. Plan for the least experienced member of your party. Here you’ll find the most extensive system of glaciers in the lower 48 states—more than 300 glaciers. The Approach: The Unforgettable Waterfall and Lake Ouzel. Reply Delete. The trail bends west through the heart of the 1978 Ouzel Fire zone with good views across Wild Basin through a culled forest: Pilot Mountain (12,222'), Mount Alice (13,310'), Mt Meeker (13,911) and Longs Peak (14,259') are visible to the northwest, and Copeland Mountain's (13,176') north flank frames Ouzel Lake to the south. To reach the trailhead from Estes Park, drive 12.6 miles south on Colorado Highway 7 to the Wild Basin Road junction and turn right. Print Trail Most of the hikes in this southeastern corner of the park require a fair bit of climbing, but the hike to Ouzel Falls is moderate and extremely rewarding, especially for lovers of cascades and waterfalls. Click image to enlarge: American Dipper, Lacamas Lake, Washington. Before the 2013 flood, which destroyed the existing footbridge at that time, there used to be an unmarked side trail that led to a much better vantage point. The trail undulates along the exposed ridge to the Ouzel Lake spur (4.5 miles : 10,026'). The fire was finally brought under control by September 30th, but wasn't fully extinguished until December 4th! The Ouzel Falls trail is an easier hike that connects a lot of other great destinations within Rocky Mountain National Park. Worth every step to get there. Can't decide between Ouzel lake backcountry site or Upper Ouzel Creek in rmnp? However, it appears that the flood has changed the topography in this area, and it's now a bit of a bushwhack to reach the better viewpoint for this waterfall. We hiked 10.6 miles on Ouzel Lake Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park to get acclimated to the elevation in Colorado. 6 6. your own Pins on Pinterest It's another 2.2 miles from Ouzel Falls. It's another 2.2 miles from Ouzel Falls. In most of its habits, it closely resembles its European counterpart, the white-throated dipper, Cinclus cinclus, which is also sometimes known as a Water Ouzel. I had a week long visit here in 2009 where I got to explore some of Seattle, the Olympic Peninsula, and get a glimpse of Rainier. 2 backcountry sites are located in a lodgepole forest north of the trail, just east of the bridge across North St. Vrain Creek. It was gentle at first, so I kept going. The upper falls are located roughly one-tenth of a mile further upstream along the North St. Vrain Creek. There is 1 individual site and a privy available. There are 2individual sites and a privy. Compare … One of a kind. Along with fishing, boating and other lake activities, several companies offer houseboat rentals so you can enjoy a floating vacation. Portered Ouzel Lake includes accommodation, an expert guide, meals, transport and more. Unfortunately, during our first visit on an early-September day, the 200-foot high cascading waterfall really wasn't all that impressive. I felt like I was motoring on the way back. Ouzel Campground is one of several places in the area to enjoy the South Platte River along with some some quality peace and quiet. Practice the 7 Leave No Trace Ethics Plan ahead and prepare: Plan your trip carefully. Interesting looking burn patterns older than me. The right-hand/west trail leads towards Ouzel Falls and the Bluebird Lake Trail. Here, the trail crosses a set of two bridges, then climbs uphill through a set of switchbacks. Visitors will enjoy prize fishing and good views through thin forests on the hike to Ouzel Lake: The trail rises gently beside North St Vrain Creek to spurs for Lower and Upper Copeland Falls (.35 and .45 miles). Mountain Conditions. The Ouzel Lake site is located 4.9 miles from the Wild Basin Trailhead at 10,020'. There are 2 individual sites and a privy. Take the left trail, and hike another 2 miles gradually up hill. Trip Overview. Unmatched views of Mount Meeker and Longs Peak are to the right; Ouzel Creek flows through the valley to the left. There is also a backcountry campsite located near the lake. Most people turn around and head back at this point, but you can continue along the trail to Bluebird Lake, Ouzel Lake, and Thunder Lake if you’re feeling adventurous. There is 1 individual site and no privy. It lies midway up a valley partially culled by fire in 1978. Located in the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park, the Upper Ouzel Creek Campsite is the second and closest to the lake. Breeding. The North St Vrain site is located 3.5 miles from Wild Basin Trailhead at 9,560'. +1,510' net elevation gain (+1,702' total roundtrip elevation gain), "Big bull moose hanging around the lake this weekend! Trip Overview. Ouzel Lake Backcountry Campsite. However, in the summer of 2016 I was fortunate enough to work as a Climbing Ranger Intern at North Cascades National Park and this presented me with the opportunity to really explore what this massive, diverse, and beautiful state has to offer. ", "The secluded road to the Wild Basin trailhead makes one think they have found a hidden spot, but upon arrival the lot was nearly full and crawling with people all headed for Ouzel Lake - definitely not a trail for those seeking solace. With 355 miles of trails, Rocky Mountain National Park is a hiker’s haven. Copeland towards the south, and 12,632-foot Mahana Peak towards the northwest. 160 yards downhill from the site. The trailhead is the gateway to a number of great backpacking trips, but perhaps the best for beginners is the Ouzel Lake hike. Aug 12, 2013 - This Pin was discovered by Antoinette Major. Depot Creek to Ouzel Lake Route from border to Ouzel lake is clear to follow. including Copeland Falls, Calypso Cascades and Ouzel Falls. Time from car to lake = 5-6 hours; Distance = … Ouzel 15-8 Martin L. Rand, Washington "...My solo canoe trip on the Upper Blackwater River in Canada started at the headwaters where the river was no more than six inches deep and five feet wide and ended in a river as big as our Green River. The Tohosa site is located 1.7 miles from Wild Basin Trailhead at 9,040'. Image taken January 9, 2009. The trailhead is located 2.3 miles west of Highway 7 between the towns of Allenspark and Estes Park. Once you get to the lake, focus on the right shoreline, where there is a great drop off for fish to hang out around. With the Hiking & Trekking tour Portered Ouzel Lake, you have a 4 days tour package taking you through Rocky Mountain National Park, USA. Why you should go: An alpine lake with spectacular scenery at the base of Longs Peak and Mount Lady Washington. The single campsite, located at 10,020 feet, lies in a spruce and fir forest below 13,176-foot Copeland Mountain. Day 1 – Chilliwack to Ouzel Lake: We all met at a nearby Starbucks for breakfast before heading out of town on the Chilliwack Lake Road. Despite significant damage, the forest is in a natural state of recovery. Ouzel Falls at the end of a 2.7 mile hike on the Wild Basin Trail. This hike offers several attractions along the way, Download the free Isolation Peak topo map. The 6.3-mile hike takes 2.5-3 hours, and the elevation gain is very gradual for the most part. A short distance along the headwaters of Ouzel Creek leads to the alpine lake. Ouzel Falls on a Wet Spring Day – Courtesy of Chris Heald. The Wild Basin trailhead is located about 2 miles into the park from the Wild Basin Entrance Station, just past Allenspark, CO. Bluebird Lake is a challenging 1.9 mile - 968' climb from the Ouzel Lake spur. Those continuing on will have a good view across the Ouzel Lake basin and the fire's selective path. Meeker can be seen from this section. Bear left at the junction with Ouzel Lake Trail. Meeker, Pagoda, and Longs Peak. Sure, it is easier to go downhill than uphill, but the snow really does fill in all the obstacles on the trail and flattens it out. Contact Us. At just over 1.3 miles from the trailhead you'll reach a spur trail on your right that provides access to a series of five backcountry campgrounds. Once past that, the continuance to Ouzel Lake is open but exhausting (there are lots of depressions and boulders to walk through and around). The park recommends a 4wd vehicle, but we see compact cars use this road often with no problems. After about 0.4 mile past Ouzel Falls, the trail comes to a junction with the Bluebird Lake trail, 3.1 miles into the hike. Trail Photos Ouzel Falls, Ouzel Creek and Ouzel Lake are all named after the water ouzel. If you are looking for a more difficult and longer hike that includes the falls, there are a few options – Ouzel Lake – 9.4 miles It's in a small clearing to the left and runs perpendicular to the trail. Finally we'll head back to camp at Ouzel Lake, which is all downhill. In the center, rising just above the trees along the western shore is 12,716-foot Ouzel Peak. While in possession of any fishing equipment, bait for fishing (insects, fish eggs, minnows, or other organic matter) or worms is prohibited. From Ouzel Falls hike .5-mile to the trail junction. Great views of Longs Peak and Mt. Washington Trails Association 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 625-1367. A food storage cable is located 20 steps up the access trail in a small clearing on the left, and parallel to the trail. After making the short descent towards the valley bottom, the trail begins to climb gradually towards the lake. There are several sandy campsites available at the north end of the 5,700-ft lake. Mild travel continues to the backcountry campsite access trail (1.38 miles : 8,860'), crosses the creek and climbs .45 miles to Calypso Cascades (1.8 miles : 9,108'). A mature doe hung at our campsite like a pet. Just before reaching the lake the trail makes contact with the scenic Ouzel Creek as it spills out of the eastern tip of the lake. The site is located .3 miles up the unimproved, backcountry campsite access trail in a lodgepole stand at the edge of a small rocky bluff. Copyright Although old, cord and attachment still looks good. Bear left for a short, moderately steep climb to a divisive E-W ridge between the Ouzel Creek drainage (south) and North St Vrain Creek drainage (north). From this point forward the trail more or less follows Ouzel Creek all the way to your final destination. Once below the surface of the water the dippers forage by either walking along the stream bottom, or by "flying" through the water, using their wings to propel themselves through the swift currents. Copeland Mountain, Ouzel Peak, and Maharta Peak rim the western shore. It’s the glaciers that lend a lovely turquoise hue to freshwater lakes, like Ouzel Lake on today’s homepage. National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map for RMNP. On the upper part of the buttress, work far right, then up for easy access to the Redoubt Glacier. The Pine Ridge site is located 1.4 miles from Wild Basin Trailhead at 8,880'. 135 yards downhill from the site. External Links. Parking is limited, and roadside restrictions are strictly enforced. Get Trail News Subscribe to our free email newsletter for … Image taken January 9, 2009. The first part of this hike shares the same trail as the hike to Bluebird Lake, but splits off to the right just beyond Ouzel Falls. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/ouzel-lake-trail Down near the southeastern corner of Rocky Mountain National Park beyond Longs Peak, you’ll find Ouzel Lake and Ouzel Creek. Obtain water from North St. Vrain Creek. The North Cascades National Park is an amazing hiking destination less than three hours from Seattle, but with a fraction of the visitors as other parks in the area. The site is located along the unimproved, backcountry campsite access trail in a lodgepole stand. One of a kind. The North Cascades National Park is an amazing hiking destination less than three hours from Seattle, but with a fraction of the visitors as other parks in the area. NOAA Forecast, West of Cascade Crest. ... was totally blown away to see this weird slate blue robin thing walking around on the bottom of a stream up near Crater Lake in Oregon. A valid Colorado fishing license is required for all persons 16 years of age or older to fish in Rocky Mountain National Park. Thunder Lake sits below several soaring peaks and a pass on the Continental Divide. Replies. 3. Ouzel Lake Trail. The hike to Ouzel Lake begins from the fairly remote Wild Basin Trailhead in the southeastern corner of Rocky Mountain National Park, located near the small communities of Meeker Park and Allenspark. Cascade Pass/Sahale Glacier/Horseshoe Basin. Breeding. Give yourself about 4 hours if you are carrying a pack. This is as far as hikers can safely go. A camp 40 feet above the lake allowed easy access to water and stunning views of the Redoubt Glacier calving over cliffs high above the lake. The scenic lake offers great trout fishing and hiking up to Bluebird Lake farther up the valley. After driving four-tenths of a mile make another right turn into the park. The Upper Ouzel Creek site is located 5.6 miles from the Wild Basin Trailhead at 10,600', approximately .7 miles below Bluebird Lake. After walking a little more than a quarter-of-a-mile past Ouzel Falls you'll arrive at the Thunder Lake Trail / Bluebird Lake Trail junction. We booked a spot at Ouzel Lake, which has an upper and lower site. Canon Rebel XSi, 200mm. There is 1 individual site and no privy. The hike to Ouzel Lake begins from the fairly remote Wild Basin Trailhead in the southeastern corner of Rocky Mountain National Park, located near the small communities of Meeker Park and Allenspark. It's worth the drive to visit the trio of falls. Enjoy. The Aspen Knoll site is located 2.3 miles from Wild Basin Trailhead at 9,400'. Dogs are not permitted on hiking trails in Rocky Mountain National Park. However, during the spring run-off, the falls are usually roaring, as seen in the comparative photos on our Calypso Cascades hike page. The Thunder Lake site is located 6.8 miles from the Wild Basin Trailhead at 10,574'. Time from car to lake = 5-6 hours; Distance = 8-9 miles depending on where you park; Gain = ~3,500 ft. Children 12 years of age or under, however, may use worms or preserved fish eggs in all park waters open to fishing except those designated as catch-and release areas. The Wild Basin trailhead is located about 2 miles into the park from the Wild Basin Entrance Station, just past Allenspark, CO. Hikers should veer to the left to continue on towards Ouzel Lake. A climb of the Northeast Face; Sergio and Eric's TR - nice pics! Water fall hand lines are in place to cross over the base of depot creek falls. Difficulty: Challenging Call ahead for conditions. Get Trail News Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. See you there? It is without a doubt one of the best campsites in Colorado. Throughout this stretch the trail winds its way through mostly new-growth pine forest that's in the process of regeneration after the 1978 fire. Trail conditions are more rugged and may be obscured by snow and runoff well into summer. Trail Map Copeland Mountain, Ouzel Peak, and Maharta Peak rim the western shore. We'll sit along the grassy shores keepin an eye out for rainbow trout, enjoy a picnic lunch, and explore around the lake. This is a tent-only site with no host, so those who like their camping DIY will have reason to rejoice. However, five weeks later, on September 15th, Chinook winds exceeding 30 MPH whipped the fire out of control and threatened the small town of Allenspark. All rights reserved. The Wild Basin Trailhead is located roughly 2.2 miles from the park turn-off on a narrow gravel road, which is suitable for two-wheel drive vehicles. Come July and August, Lawn Lake is arguably the best lake for fishing in the park. ", "The views along the way are spectacular. Ouzel Lake makes a place to break for lunch after hiking past the waterfalls. @ document.write(new Date().getFullYear()); RockyMountainHikingTrails.com. Day 1 – Chilliwack to Ouzel Lake: We all met at a nearby Starbucks for breakfast before heading out of town on the Chilliwack Lake Road. Anybody have any experience with either? Obtain water from North St. Vrain Creek, approx. There is 1 individual site available, located north of the trail above the hitchrack and natural terraces. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 20 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph. The Bluebird Lake Trail runs an additional two miles from its junction with the Ouzel Lake Trial to Bluebird Lake, an above-treeline lake at the base of Ouzel Peak. There is 1 individual site and no privy. The Siskin site is located 3.2 miles from Wild Basin Trailhead at 9,460'. Bluebird Lake is another 1.5 miles past Bluebird. The lake and creek are one of the most beautiful in Colorado. Other Hiking Options. Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through Recreation.gov at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, May 28. Ouzel Lake fills a marshy low in the center where moisture helped preserve a ring of timber around the lake. After packing up our backpacks with snacks and a quick stop in the bathrooms, we took one last look at the trail map with Ouzel Lake in our sights, and hit the trail! Ouzel Lake and Ouzel Creek. Ouzel Lake (10,010') is located 4.95 miles from Wild Basin Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park. A food storage cable is about 8 steps past the spur to site #1. Unfortunately right around the time I reached the intersection of the trail with the Ouzel Lake trail it started to rain. It's your responsibility to know and obey them. In time, spruce and fir will overtake them and restore the forest to its ecological climax. ... 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. Maybe even pack a lunch to hangout and enjoy the views. Chasm Lake Photo: Elizabeth Ferguson. Above Calypso Cascades you'll begin to catch sporadic views of the surrounding mountains, including Longs Peak and Mount Meeker towards the north. The Wild Basin Area is heavily traveled; arrive early to secure parking and avoid crowds. To reach Ouzel Lake, continue through the basin for 2km or so, sticking to the north (left) edge, and climbing slightly to a higher cirque below Spickard's SW face. All-inclusive Washington Trekking Trips. To continue on towards Ouzel Lake hikers should proceed to the left at this junction. Lots of water to enjoy without going any further than Ouzel Falls, where the new bridge appears to be done but was still blocked off. The Wild Basin entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park is far from the hustle and bustle of Estes Park, and it offers some marvelous hiking. All-inclusive Washington Trekking Trips. Ouzel Falls, Rocky Mountain National Park: Address, Phone Number, Ouzel Falls Reviews: 5/5 Copeland Mountain, Ouzel Peak, and Mahana Peak as seen from the forest fire burn area. Yes, please! Jennifer Broome takes us to Rocky Mountain National Park for a hike up to Ouzel Lake. Fantastic bird. Close. There are 3 individual sites, 1 group site, and 1, The Ouzel Lake site is located 4.9 miles from the Wild Basin Trailhead at 10,020'. Difficulty: Challenging In all, the Ouzel Fire burned more than a thousand acres, making it one of the largest fires in Rocky Mountain National Park history. There are numerous back country campsites en route to the lake. Ouzel Falls and Ouzel Lake are named after the Ouzel - or Dipper - a small bird that jumps into cold mountain streams and 'flies' underwater to catch insects on the bottom. Good base camp to go to Bluebird. Mount Redoubt – South Face Route Definitely allow plenty of time for driving, finding a parking … The lower spots were filled so we settled for the upper sites. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); You can contact ProTrails directly through our Facebook or Instagram accounts. Cascade Pass/Sahale Glacier/Horseshoe Basin. Reservations will be available to enter the park from June 4 thr Prepare for extreme weather, hazards and emergencies. On slough next to Round Lake. The final push to Ouzel is a moderate climb. Washington Trails Association 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 625-1367. To reach the trailhead from Estes Park, drive 12.6 miles south on Colorado Highway 7 to the Wild Basin Road junction and turn right. Right at the beginning of the trail (literally about .25mi in) we followed a small offshoot trail … Anybody have any experience with either? If you have the time and endurance, continue on to Bluebird Lake. The lake is surprisingly shallow to have holdover fish, but a few deep channels keep fish through the winter. In this mere 8.0 km, you’ll see three waterfalls as you hike through the aspen and pine trees on the wide path along the river.. From the parking lot at the Wild Basin Trailhead, find the Wild Basin Trail Head sign and start across the bridge. Ouzel Lake makes a great base camp for climbing several peaks in the area, including the elusive Mox Peaks. Unmatched views of Mount Meeker and Longs Peak are to the right; Ouzel Creek flows through the valley to the left. With about 13 miles round trip and a 2500 ft. gain, Ouzel and Bluebird Lakes are the perfect destination for moderate to serious hikers, looking for a good day hike with diverse terrain and views including rivers, waterfalls, mountains, and lakes. What seemed like endless talus and glacial moraines finally gave way to the milky green water of Ouzel Lake. The site is located north of the trail and east of the privy in a mixed lodgepole, spruce, and fir forest. The sites are located along the unimproved, backcountry campsite access trail, right where it rejoins the main trail. Lower Copeland Falls, your first destination along the route, arrives at just over three-tenths of a mile from the trailhead. The Wild Basin Trailhead is located 2.15 miles from the entrance station. Ouzel Lake - 9.9 Miles Round-Trip Ouzel Lake (10,010') is located 4.95 miles from Wild Basin Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park.It lies midway up a valley partially culled by fire in 1978. To continue on towards Ouzel Lake hikers should turn left here and proceed down the half-mile spur trail. 8: N40 12.094 W105 36.197 — 3.0 miles : Ouzel Lake and Bluebird Lake Trail junction : 9: N40 12.040 W105 36.332 — 3.3 miles : Reach E-W ridge over Ouzel Lake drainage : 10: N40 12.196 W105 36.898 — 3.8 miles : Undulating travel along exposed ridge : 11: N40 12.141 W105 37.518 — 4.5 miles : Ouzel Lake spur - bear left Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake, or Lake Roosevelt, is a popular destination of choice for much of Eastern Washington. Bring your fly rod and extra batteries for your camera. A subalpine forest culled by a 1978 fire yields sweeping views across the Wild Basin Area while illustrating the natural recovery and ecological succession of plant communities in a burn area. Obtain water from the creek. Start and end in Rocky Mountain National Park! A $20 Day Use Fee is required to enter Rocky Mountain National Park (or $30 for a 7 Day Pass). The hike to Ouzel Falls is on the easier side of moderate, passing by several lovely waterfalls. On Thursday, August 9, I hiked to Ouzel Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. The sites lie in a thick lodgepole stand on the north side of the trail, just after it crosses North St. Vrain Creek. You can expect to find most anglers here bait casting, spin casting, fly fishing, and still fishing. Can't decide between Ouzel lake backcountry site or Upper Ouzel Creek in rmnp? This does not include: (a) any hand malleable material designed to attract fish by the sense of taste or smell; (b) any device to which scents or smell attractants have been externally applied; (c) molded plastic devices less than one and one-half inch in length; (d) foods; (e). Use of lead sinkers (or other lead fishing materials) is strongly discouraged. The American dipper's nest is a globe-shaped structure with a side entrance, close to water, on a rock ledge, river bank, behind a waterfall or under a bridge. On slough next to Round Lake. 3. Obtain water from North St. Vrain Creek, approximately 200 yards downhill from the site. The campsite is awesome. Canon Rebel XSi, 200mm. It’s a great hike to do if you don’t want to hike too far and still see some amazing sights. Reservations will be available to enter the park from June 4 thr The upper site is a tad farther from the trail-head, though in either case the whole walk would have been roughly 10 miles round trip. From lake at the head of Depot Creek (Lake Ouzel, 5,700 ft), scramble up the large, broken buttress southwest of the lake (the route should have cairns to prevent confusion on the descent). They can be found down to sea level, and up to alpine zones, as long as there are suitable streams. American Dippers are typically found in turbulent mountain streams within forested zones. American Dipper, Lacamas Lake, Washington. Destination: Ouzel Lake (+5640') Date: August 2-3, 2003 Difficulty: 4+ Payoff: 5+ Starting Point: Depot Creek Road ( c.') High Point: Lake Ouzel (+5640') Round Trip Distance: c.10 miles Equipment: The ten essentials Mountain Skills: Route finding I met Sergio early, well before 4:00am, then we were on our way to border. Les and I helped, many years ago, in taking out the brook trout in the outlet stream in preparation of introducing the greenbacks into the lake. Bluebird Lake is another 1.5 miles past Bluebird. The site is located along the unimproved, backcountry campsite access trail in a mixed aspen-spruce-lodgepole forest. Why you should go: An alpine lake with spectacular scenery at the base of Longs Peak and Mount Lady Washington. Water is very close. Only used to identify you to ProTrails. Ouzel Lake Backcountry Campsite sits on the north edge of Ouzel Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park’s Wild Basin. Comments, Backcountry Campsites in the Wild Basin Area. As nice as this camp is, we really came to camp above Silver Lake and climb Mount Spickard. Ouzel Falls | Photo via NPS. Most people turn around and head back at this point, but you can continue along the trail to Bluebird Lake, Ouzel Lake, and Thunder Lake if you’re feeling adventurous. Will not show on comments list. Be sure to bring lots of water. From there, an ambitious and experienced person might consider climbing up to Ouzel Peak … In total, the five campgrounds offer seven individual campsites. Natascha’s dad (Karl), brother (Alex), and I chose to #OptOutside this weekend by hiking to Ouzel Lake in the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park. In most of its habits, it closely resembles its European counterpart, the white-throated dipper, Cinclus cinclus, which is also sometimes known as a Water Ouzel. The trail wraps up a north-facing valley wall and passes through an area touched by lightning-induced fire in 1978 (2.1 miles : 9,100'). 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