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Bridal Veil Falls

Once again, Katherine and I ventured into Rocky Mountain National Park to do some hiking. We picked a less popular hike, although it was still very rewarding with the views when we reached our destination. The hike started at the Cow Creek Trailhead. The trailhead was right next to the McGraw Ranch, which is owned by the National Parks Service. What used to be a dude ranch in the early 1900's is now a research facility.

The hike was really nice, the first half of it was hiking through a meadow with lots of wild flowers, the second part of the hike was through trees and more meadows. The trail followed along side the Cow Creek, and we were on the northern side of Lumpy Ridge.

The hike was 6.3 miles round trip and took 3 hours and 19 minutes, including about 45 minutes that we were stopped at Bridal Viel Falls. It took an hour and 15 minutes to get to the falls, and the same amount of time to hike back out to the car. Total elevation gain was 1175 feet.

Trailhead Location
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6.3 mi 3.3 hrs 8,815 ft 1,175 ft
Dirt Road
Waterfall #1
At the top
Short Drop
Up the Rock
Bridal Veil Falls
We Made It!
Upper Cascades and Falls
At the Top
Great Spot for a Snack
Long Drop
In the Meadow
Tall Grass
Post Bloom
McGraw Ranch