Thursday, December 17, 2015

Ouzel Falls Bridge in Wild Basin Now Open

As many of you are already aware, Rocky Mountain National Park received significant damages to bridges, roads and trails during the historic flood of September of 2013. More than two years later the park is still working to get back to normal. Just this past July, Old Fall River Road finally reopened. During that period the Bridal Veil Falls and Cow Creek Trails have been repaired. The Bridal Veil Falls footbridge, as well as the footbridge across Fern Creek to Odessa Lake have been replaced.

On its website, the park recently announced that the Ouzel Falls footbridge has finally been replaced, and is now open. Over the last two years the missing bridge has all but prevented hikers from reaching Ouzel Lake and Bluebird Lake - a destination that I consider to be one of the best in the park.

Hikers may want to note that the park website states that the spur trail to Ouzel Lake is still damaged.

You may also want to note that Rocky Mountain is considering reroutes and repairs to several trails around the park that were heavily damaged or lost during the flood. In November of 2014 the park announced a proposal to reroute or repair several trails, including: Alluvial Fan, Ypsilon Lake, Lawn Lake, Twin Sisters and Aspen Brook.


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