As much as I love to travel, it’s always wonderful to spend the summer in Colorado. And for me this means hiking and climbing mountains at least three or four days a week. Unlike traveling, where I’m almost always in the photography groove, when I’m on the trail my focus is on enjoying nature. And I love it that as popular as RMNP is in the summer, there are still lots of trails where solitude abounds.
Wild Basin in RMNP still has lots trails to get away from the crowds. Just like every National Park I’ve been to in the States, once you get 3 – 4 miles down a trail in RMNP, the crowds dissipate. Add a few more miles to that and you’re almost guaranteed to be alone for stretches of time. The loop I was on this morning is just six miles, and first two miles of that are on the popular Ouzel Falls trail but I only saw a couple other hikers on the trail because I got started at 7am. It’s a beautiful loop: stunning waterfalls, beautiful views of the Continental Divide and wild flower filled meadows. Here’s how to get there. Park at the Ouzel Falls trailhead in Wild Basin. It’s a fairly small parking area so get there by 9am to get a spot. Head down the only trail and follow the sign for Calypso Falls. From Calypso Falls there are a multiple forks in the trail but it’s well marked and all you need to do is follow the signs that says “Ranger Station”. This will take four miles to the Finch Lake trailhead. Head west (or left for you directionally challenged folks) down the dirt road and you’ll be back at the Ouzel Falls trailhead in about five minutes.
Feel free to message me with any questions on hiking in RMNP. I always love chatting about hiking and photography.
All images were shot with the Sony RX100 III. It’s my main hiking camera. Super light and pocketable. It’s the camera I most recommend to folks who are looking for a small camera with great files. The autofocus is super fast. The only thing I don’t love about the Sony is that the menus are convoluted and not very intuitive. Otherwise, it’s the perfect travel camera.