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Perimeter Trail

Intermediate

Trail

4.8 mile 7.8 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,116' 340 m
Descent: -984' -300 m
High: 8,470' 2,582 m
Low: 7,725' 2,355 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 54% (28°)

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Trail shared by Dave P.

A trail circumnavigating Ouray with views of the Icepark, Box Canyon Falls, and Cascade Falls.

Dave P.

Features Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Family Friendly While the full route might be a bit taxing for younger kids, hiking out to the waterfalls along the way can be a fun outing for the whole family.

Description

The Perimeter Trail is a locally maintained trail, spanning multiple trailheads (Cascade Falls, Baby Bathtubs, Ice Park Trail, Twin Peaks) to give views of the listed attractions and the town.

The main trailhead is located across from the visitor center, and there are multiple TH's allowing for a full or partial loop of the town. From the main trailhead, the trail climbs quickly to give views of the town and surrounding areas. Cascade Falls is the first attraction, less than 1 mile from the TH. This scenic falls is a great place to stop for a break, or just a beautiful scene to admire.

Continuing from Cascade Falls, you'll hike through the pines, eventually crossing Highway 550. This part of the trail eventually gives views of the top of the Ouray Icepark, leading to Box Canyon Falls.

Box Canyon Falls (a fee area) is located about 2/3 of the way into the loop. It is a worthy little side trip, hiking down approximately 200' in elevation and entering the falls themselves. Enjoy this dramatic fall, or cool down on a hot day before climbing back to the main trail.

The trail continues to the Old Twin Peaks TH and into town. As of summer 2016, you exit the trail on South Pinecrest St., head downhill to Queen St., continue to Oak Street and continue through town on 550 to the main TH, which is where you began your journey.

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Local Club: Ouray Trail Group

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Check-Ins

Sep 27, 2019
Nicole Thompson
Sep 26, 2019
Felicia Asmussen
Started at Cascade Falls and hopped off around Ouray Ice Park for lunch. 3mi — 3h 00m
Sep 17, 2019
Mike Nugent
11h 00m
Sep 1, 2019
Eric H
Aug 1, 2019
Danny Lasseigne
Jul 16, 2019
Robin Gross
Jul 15, 2019
Katie Osland
Longer than expected and warm but great views! 7.8mi
Jul 9, 2019
Kivett Gresham
8h 11m

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 16 votes

#2

in Ouray

#2156

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#2

in Ouray

#237

in Colorado

#2,156

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2,865 Since Jul 23, 2016
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Photos

Another view of the canyon
Aug 10, 2018 near Ouray, CO
Looking back out Box Cañon.
Oct 2, 2017 near Ouray, CO
One of the steep sections on Ouray Perimeter Trail.
Jul 28, 2016 near Ouray, CO
Another View of the Canyon
Aug 10, 2018 near Ouray, CO
Box Canyon
Aug 10, 2018 near Ouray, CO
Water flowing out of the canyon
Aug 10, 2018 near Ouray, CO

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