The Half Mile Hike That Can Get You To An Epic Colorado Waterfall
Fall is here and winter is fast approaching and in my humble opinion, there is no better time to hit the great outdoors than Fall. Especially with the colors all around and in full force now, there are some incredibly post card worthy hikes that can get you to some breathtaking spots (before the big snows come) that don't require a ton of effort...like this one.
I recently finished an incredibly awesome 12 mile roundtrip hike to the summit of a 14'er that had an almost 4000 foot elevation gain and took nearly 8 hours to complete. Now...if that sounds miserable to you and you're thinking, that's why I don't hike, you're in luck.
Thankfully, we have a LOT of hikes here in Colorado that aren't like that and can be just as rewarding. If you're looking to get outside and enjoy some scenery and NOT have to do a "crazy climb", this hike in particular could just very well be one of the best in the state, where you don't have to do a ton of work for an epic payoff...a stunning waterfall.
According to All Trails, this is about a 1/2 mile hike with an elevation gain of a little less than 100 feet to an overlook bridge that has some beautiful views.
The trail is located in stunning Ouray, Colorado and requires a small $5 fee to park. It is great for all skill levels and ages, however just a heads up that no dogs are allowed on this particular trail.
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Something to keep in mind, especially if you're heading to check out a waterfall, is that this time of year may not be the best time of year to see waters raging off the falls since it's the dry season, but that should not detract you from checking this place out. It's not for me because I know my 6-year-old would LOVE to walk through that cool canyon/cave area.
That's the cool thing about this hike, even if the falls aren't filled with water, the area itself looks absolutely beautiful.
So far, my favorite waterfall hike (and I've only taken a few of those since I've been here) is good old Horsetooth Falls: this is one that is in our backyard and is just an awesome spot.
Whether you're looking for an easy waterfall hike or ANY kind of hike that doesn't require a ton of work, there are plenty of sweet spots in Colorado...check some of the best that aren't too far away HERE.