Rocky Mountain National Park - Wild Basin

Activity Date: 
08/22/2009

We visited the southern part of Rocky Mountain National Park today, the Wild Basin entrance. There are several trails that lead into the mountains, we chose one that would keep us in shade, as it was hot today.

Unfortunately, since it was the weekend, we had to park about 1.5 miles away from the main parking area and walk in from there. Bummer. Anyway, we decided to see Copeland Falls and the Calypso Cascades. We were going to go up to Ouzel Falls, but once we got to Calypso Cascades, we decided it was just too darn hot to keep hiking.

Copeland Falls is about 0.3 miles up the trail. It's actually pretty small, hardly a waterfall. But, it's pretty.

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The trail follows near the river and you have plenty of opportunities to check it out.

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It's amazing how many trees were jammed across the water in many areas.

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This was a pretty spot we could see right from the trail. It was so darn hot, we considered sitting in the water.

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We made it up to Calypso Cascades (which is only about 1.8 miles in). There is a big 2-part bridge crossing the water.

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The "cascades" are just a bunch of jumbled rock with the water tumbling down. It's supposed to be a massive amount of water in the spring with runoff.

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We decided to turn around at the cascades.

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There was a really funny chipmunk on the trail. It was chasing people up the trail looking for handouts. Chasing in a very literal sense! We came upon a family that told us about the wild chipmunk and, sure enough, we looked past them and there was this chipmunk sprinting up the trail after them! It was very funny! When the critter got close enough to one of us, it hopped up on a rock and "begged" for food.

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The family continued up the trail, and the chipmunk proceeded to chase us down the trail. If we paused to take a picture or look, it did the begging trick on a rock.

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This guy must get lots of handouts this way! It was nice to be able to take a picture of a chipmunk. Usually, they are so fast that our chipmunk pictures show just their tails exiting the frame as they run away! This guy actually posed for pictures. :)