This area has a climb that can be fickle, fun, or even "not worth the walk" depending on the time of year and your desired type of climb. Still, it may tickle the imagination of a few determined souls (or fools) who just want to see things in person.
From the winter parking lot (1.2 miles from the Wild Basin entrance station), walk along the road ~1 mile to the trailhead/warming cabin area. Continue past Copeland Falls (~1.3 miles), past the Pine Ridge campsite, past the turnoff for the Tahosa/Aspen Knoll/Twin Lakes/North St. Vrain campsites (~2.4 miles), past Calypso Cascades (~2.7 miles) which doesn't have climbing, contour WNW to a last few switchbacks on a blunt ridge to the signed "Ouzel Falls" (~3.7 miles). Elevation gain is close to 1000'. Expect 2-3 hours.
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Ouzel Falls WI2 Easy Snow CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Ouzel Falls area
This is a climb that can vary dramatically in its appearance, steepness, and protectability. Apparently, according to a couple guidebooks, this can be a WI3...likely in January or late December? Later in the season, this can probably be a boot only snow slog. So, probably a WI1-3 rating would be most descriptive, but that isn't an option.The climb gets early sun. The left side of the climb is in the shade at 12pm. The rest of the climb goes into the shade ~215pm.As with many waterfall ice c...[more] Browse More Classics in CO