A group of us cousins and friends went for a hike in the Colorado Rockies during the 4th of July weekend. Of the several hiking trails located in the Rocky mountains, we chose a simple hike to the Bridal Veil Falls located in the Rocky Mountains National Park, a few miles off the Cow Creek Trail-head.
The hiking trails in the Rocky Mountains are known for their scenic beauty, the wildlife, and the pristine and relaxing experience. The trials are divided among various levels of difficulty. Some might be better for a day long tour and others are more suitable for a night stay.
Our day hike comprised of a couple of hours drive from Denver to reach the popular weekend trail. The hike passes through meadows and then some dense vegetation and some rocks as you draw closer to the falls.
The Falls are at an elevation of 10,200 ft. At that altitude, we did experience thinning of the air (less dense atmosphere and slightly reducing levels of oxygen). Furthermore, it might tend to get slightly chilly for those of us acclimatized to warmer climates.
We had hoped to get a glimpse of some wild life along the way but we were hugely disappointed. If you are on the Cow Creek Trail, you will see Deer and Elk among other forms of wildlife.
The parking spots are pretty less and you might have to wait in order to park your car so make sure you reach early. We couldn’t figure out the parking spot at the Estes Park and almost wound up with a ticket.
Over all, it was an 8 mile hike: with 3 miles of walking through dense grass and one mile of uphill walk. The trail seemed like it ended at a point when we had to start scaling a huge and smooth rock. We then climbed over some boulders and small rocks to reach the falls. The falls were amazing. We were following the Creek all along and the Bridal Veil is situated at the highest point of this trail.
The return trip was breathtaking as you can clearly see more of the Creek while coming downhill.The last 3 miles were plain grasslands and there after on reaching Estes Park, the visitor’s center guided us to a park on the 34th from where we were able to watch the July 4th Fireworks.
There was a huge traffic jam after the fireworks and it took is about three hours to reach Boulder from Estes Park. Thereafter the road to Denver was fine.
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