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Cow Creek Trail - Bridal Veil Falls, CO

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Distance One Way 3.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,837 feet
Elevation Gain 1,090 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,110 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 6.8
Interest Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
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Overview: Cow Creek trail begins at McGraw Ranch - formerly a dude ranch, now one of the sites of the Continental Divide Research Learning Center. Go through the ranch following "Trail" signs. Shortly after you'll find a trailside toilet built using entrance fees paid in the main RMNP area. Follow "Bridal Veil Falls" signs. At 0.6 mi from trailhead the old road will become an actual single track trail and will continue following the wide ravine along Cow Creek. At 1.15 mi you 'll find a juction with trail going to Gem Lake and Lumpy Ridge trailhead - continue straight ahead. At 1.95 mi from trailhead veer right at the junction following the sign. Soon you'll enter the denser forest and get closer to the creek. Shortly before the destination there's a horse parking allowing only foot traffic further, after this point trail will become significantly steeper but not for long as you'll reach the lower tier of Bridal Veil Falls. To get to the upper cascade tier cross the stream and follow the well seen trail up and be sure to use grippy enough footwear to go on the steep slickrock.

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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Rocky Mountain National Park
    $20 per vehicle, good for up to 7 days. It is free to hike but backpacking/camping permits are extra. View NPS Info


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    To hike
    From the main intersection in Estes Park (US-36 & US-36) take US-34 west and drive 0.4 mi. Turn right on MacGregor Ave (County Route 43) and drive 2.5 mi, at some point the road will become Devils Gulch Rd. Turn left on McGraw Ranch Rd and drive 2.2 mi (this road is dirt but well maintained and suitable for cars). Arrive to Cow Creek trailhead, turn around and park along the right side of the road. Parking is limited (about 15 cars). There is no parking or entrance fee.
    page created by AndreyP on Sep 09 2011 8:44 pm
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