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Jul 11 2016
big_load
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 Routes 23
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61 male
 Joined Oct 28 2003
 Andover, NJ
Upper Cascade Falls Trail #213West, CO
West, CO
Hiking avatar Jul 11 2016
big_load
Hiking7.95 Miles 3,469 AEG
Hiking7.95 Miles   6 Hrs      1.84 mph
3,469 ft AEG   1 Hour   41 Mns Break
 
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gretchNboo
This was my first day at elevation, so I planned just an easy walk to Lower Cascade Falls with a bunch of attendees at the family reunion in Ouray. We scrambled all around the falls and explored the heck out the overlooking ledges. (Upon descending from them, I learned there was a fatal fall from my vantage point three days earlier). It didn't seem like enough adventure, so I broke off with Cousin G. for a little more. When we neared the Amphitheater Campground access, she dropped off, too, and I decided to go for the top.

It was a hot afternoon, and the elevation gain was relentless, but eventually I topped out and not long after reached the Upper Cascade Falls. The creek was running pretty good, and the crossing was a bit trickier than I expected. Safely on the other side, I proceeded to the ruins of the Chief Ouray Mine a little farther along the contour for a brief exploration of an old bunkhouse and a machine shed.

On the way back, I spied my brother-in-law John at the crossing, where he'd just discovered a leak in his water bottle. I didn't know that he was hiking that day, or I would have asked him to join for the ascent. We made the return trip together and took an alternate route for a little variety. As we went, we made plans to hike Mt. Sneffels a few days later. We finished the day with an ice coffee in town.
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Feb 14 2015
John9L
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Lower Cascade Falls TrailWest, CO
West, CO
Hiking avatar Feb 14 2015
John9L
Hiking0.30 Miles 130 AEG
Hiking0.30 Miles
130 ft AEG
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clairebear
After Box Canyon Falls we had a few more minutes to kill. We drove over to the Lower Cascade. This is a very quick “hike” that leads to a nice waterfall. We pretty much had the area to ourselves and we really enjoyed the views. This is another nice one to check out if you don’t have a lot of time.
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Feb 14 2015
clairebear
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38 female
 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
Lower Cascade Falls TrailWest, CO
West, CO
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clairebear
Hiking0.30 Miles 130 AEG
Hiking0.30 Miles
130 ft AEG
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John9L
From the edge of town its a very short walk to check out this waterfall ! No one else was really around and the falls are pretty awesome :D
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Aug 18 2011
trailzrus
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67 male
 Joined Jul 24 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Lower Cascade Falls TrailWest, CO
West, CO
Hiking avatar Aug 18 2011
trailzrus
Hiking0.28 Miles
Hiking0.28 Miles
 
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Lower Cascade Falls is located at the end of 8th avenue in Ouray, Co. There is a small lot for parking. The hike to the falls is short and easy.
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Lower Cascade Falls - Ouray
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Aug 15 2011
Vaporman
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 Joined Mar 28 2005
 SLC, Utah
Cascade Creek - UncompahgreWest, CO
West, CO
Canyoneering avatar Aug 15 2011
Vaporman
Canyoneering4.00 Miles 1,600 AEG
Canyoneering4.00 Miles   10 Hrs      0.40 mph
1,600 ft AEG
Advanced Canyoneering - Mix of exposed/aid/complex rope/poor anchor/problem-solving
C - Strong current; wading/swimming; waterfalls; possible wet/dry suit
Risky - Extraordinary risk factors exist; solid skills/judgement reqd; no beginners
IV - Long, full day, bivy possible
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With 3 BIG waterfall rappels from 200-300ft, this canyon is easily the big daddy of the Ouray Valley! :y: We had an opportunity to do this sweet canyon and we of course jumped all over it. The hike up was again a bit of a struggle up at elevation and loaded down with canyon gear, but I was glad when the climbing was over and we started to gear up. :sweat: The rock is this canyon was especially chossy making for loads of tough down climbing. The canyon really got amazing when we hit the first 200ft waterfall. :y: A couple more shorter rappels and we hit the even sweeter 2nd 200ft waterfall. :GB: It was pretty cool to see Ouray down off in the distance and realize that the HUGE drop is not too far off... A few more sweet rappels and we reached the top of the 300ft Cascade Falls. :o I actually have a few 300ft rappels under my belt so I wasn't that nervous yet this was the first one that was a waterfall. : rambo : Such an amazing way to finish off such a superb canyon! :y: Unfortunately we coreshot the 300ft rope near near the mid-mark on a sharp ledge, but sounds like that's quite common... :roll:
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Yea, canyoneering is an extreme sport... EXTREMELY dramatic!!! =p
Jul 14 2007
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75 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Lower Cascade Falls TrailWest, CO
West, CO
Hiking avatar Jul 14 2007
Grasshopper
Hiking0.30 Miles 130 AEG
Hiking0.30 Miles      30 Mns   0.60 mph
130 ft AEG
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Another local, in-town and short .3mi round trip hike. This waterfall is visible from almost any location in Ouray and reminds me of Yosemite Falls; A solid contender! :DANCE:
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average hiking speed 1.22 mph

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