Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Bridal Veil Falls

We decided to do another late-day hike, this time to Bridal Veil Falls, on the Cow Creek Trail, north of Lumpy Ridge. We really like the area north of Lumpy Ridge and have even hiked all the way around it (about 10 miles).

The first couple of miles the trail was variable, sometimes with no snow at all, and sometimes snow-packed and/or icy. The last third of the trail up to the Falls was mostly snow-packed and icy. We didn't use snowshoes, but Susan used her MicroSpikes with good success. Once we got to the Falls, I put mine on too, as it was very icy on the steeper sections in this area.

Bridal Veil Falls was of course frozen, with just a trickle of water running under the ice. The falls normally makes a lot of noise, but it was beautiful and quiet.

Perhaps the thing we enjoyed most on this hike was not seeing another human being on the trail the whole day! It was like we had the Park to ourselves.

This hike is described in Lisa Foster's excellent book, Rocky Mountain National Park, the Complete Hiking Guide, on page 145.

Below are previews/links to photos and a map (click either to see larger photos/map).

View Bridal Veil Falls Hike in a larger map

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