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Hike up into the treeless tundra, to a glacial lake tucked beneath a 14-thousand-foot peak.
- 13 km
- 776 m
- 776 m
A string of waterfalls along tumbling mountain creeks.
After passing a cluster of backcountry campsites (permit required for camping), the trail comes to Calypso Cascades, in a particularly dramatic part of the creek. A pair of footbridges cross a miniature gorge, connecting a boulder island in the middle, granting a view up and down the rocky stream, to waterfalls above and below. But the best waterfall is yet to come, about one mile farther, up the steepest section of trail. At Ouzel Falls, a creek plummets over a 40-foot cliff, spraying onto jumbled boulders below. The flow is strongest in late spring and early summer, and slows down by autumn, but you can always count on flowing water.
Ouzel Falls is the turnaround point for most hikers, but the trail continues higher into the mountains, eventually reaching lakes in an alpine basin. You may wish to press on to Ouzel Lake, or even higher if you like, and if good weather holds.
Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.