Cow Creek Trail
From the trailhead it is a short walk to the North Boundary Trail. This trail travels north for 6.1 miles to the Lost Lake Trail. The Cow Creek Trail continues west, paralleling Cow Creek for about a mile to its intersection with the Gem Lake Trail. It passes through open ponderosa pine stands and grassy meadows. After about .75 miles it turns north from its junction with the Dark Mountain Trail. It soon enters more dense forest and begins a gentle climb toward Bridal Veil Falls. The trail follows Cow Creek, crossing it over foot-bridges three times. It gets more rocky as you get closer to the falls. There is a horse hitch rack about .1 miles from the falls. Horses are not permitted beyond this point. The trail beyond this point cannot be safely negotiated on horseback. From here the trail climbs up over rocks, getting steep at times, ending at the base of the falls. Bridal Veil Falls cascades over a steep rock face offering a cool atmosphere for a rest and a picnic lunch.
Except for the last tenth of a mile, the terrain traversed by this trail is easy to hike. The last stretch may be difficult for some but the reward at the end is worth it.
|Length:||3.15 miles (5.0 kilometers)|
|7,808' - 8,865'|
|Elevation change:||1,125 feet|
|Season:||May 15 - Nov 1|
|Difficulty:||Easy to moderate|
|USGS maps:||Estes Park|
No pets are permitted
|Suitable for mountain bikes:||No (not permitted)|
|Suitable for horses:||Yes|
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