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Perimeter Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (26)

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


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Map Key

4.8

Miles

7.8

KM

Point to Point

8,470' 2,582 m

High

7,725' 2,355 m

Low

1,116' 340 m

Up

984' 300 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

54%

Max Grade (28°)

Dogs Leashed

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.

Contacts

Local Club: Ouray Trail Group

Shared By:

Dave P.

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  4.3 from 26 votes

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#172

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#1

in Ouray

#42

in Colorado

#172

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Photos

Looking South on the Perimeter Trail
Jul 11, 2020 near Ouray, CO
Lower Cascade Falls becomes encased in ice come winter.
May 12, 2017 near Ouray, CO
View of Cascade Falls from below.
Dec 8, 2016 near Ouray, CO
Another view of the canyon
Aug 10, 2018 near Ouray, CO
From Perimeter Trail, overlooking Ouray.
Jul 24, 2016 near Ouray, CO
Looking back out Box Cañon.
Oct 2, 2017 near Ouray, CO

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Nov 6, 2020
Andreas Brieke
Oct 16, 2020
Daniel Culhane
Sep 15, 2020
Kari Vanderslice
Did counterclockwise from hotel. Up to Box Canyon, over by Ice Park, across the high side, crossed Cascade Falls and over scary narrow trail back. 8mi — 3h 00m
Aug 13, 2020
Chris Sal
Jun 20, 2020
Kimberly Taylor
Jun 17, 2020
Marie Magro
Jun 8, 2020
Kristy Slibsager
Jun 5, 2020
Gina Marie
2h 45m