August 7th 2018 – Oh baby, baby it’s a Wild Basin

Picking up where we left off yesterday, we’ll be exploring a new area of the Rockies today. We’re off to see Wild Basin.

This area is known for being one of the most beautiful parts of the park, so I’m excited to explore it. Out handy Lonely Planet book tells us to bring some food and drink and spend the day here.

So, that’s what we’re going to do.

chuber channel lunch picnic alpaca chuber GIF

There’s loads of different routes to choose from, so how do we decide?

We do them all.

Recording Academy / GRAMMYs music performance grammys adele GIF

I mean – we’re hoping to, Adele.

The trail we’ll be doing is Bluebird Lake, and as well as having an amazing final destination, it has some pretty impressive stops on the way.

Lower Copeland Falls is the first stop and the first waterfall of the route. It’s a nice easy 0.3 miles from the trailhead, so we’ll be getting some great sights right from the start.

We’ll have the opportunity to visit the Upper falls if we follow up stream for about 0.1 mile, too.

After just over one and a half miles, we’ll come to Calypso Cascades.

Where, as well as the awesome waterfall, we’ll also get some amazing angles of Longs Peak and Mount Meeker.

Ouzel Falls, will be next up.

We can go a bit off track to get a better view, but a flood in 2013 has destroyed the footbridge which signposted to a viewpoint, so we’ll need to be careful not to get lost!

For a large part of the route we’ll be following Ouzel Creek.

We’ll also go through a section of the park that was devastated by a lightning fire in 1978. Although it started off small in a low-risk area of the park, after five weeks of burning it started threatening a nearby town. It wasn’t until nearly two months later that they managed to get it under control, and nearly four months until it was put out completely.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah reaction happy excited reactions GIF

Insane.

We’ll eventually reach Bluebird Lake after around 6.3 miles of hiking, where we’ll be greeted by this:

Pretty delightful.

At that point, I imagine we’ll chow down on that lunch alpaca’d (see GIF above for reference point), before heading back.

The good thing about this route is that because it’s an in and out trail, we can decide to turn back at any point really. So if we’re not up to the challenge of making it the whole way, or we decide to re-route to the Thunder Lake Trail instead, we can do that.

Pretty good.

– Lorna

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