This great half day hike climbing high above the eastern side of Ouray features fabulous views of the Uncompahgre Valley, Cascade Falls and the Amphitheatre.
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- Distance: 4.4 miles (round trip) to Upper Cascade Falls
5.9 miles (loop) to Return via the Portland Trail
- Elevation: 8,500-ft. at Trailhead
10,030-ft. at Upper Cascade Falls
10,030-ft. at Return via the Portland Trail
- Elevation Gain: 1,530-ft. to Upper Cascade Falls
1,530-ft. to Return via the Portland Trail
- Difficulty: moderate-strenuous
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Ouray / Southwest Colorado
Why Hike Upper Cascade Falls
Scenic views of the amphitheatre rock formation, Upper Cascade Falls and Ouray along with a good workout are the rewards of this half day hike, located just a mile south of Ouray. Links to the Portland and the Lower Cascade Falls trails create interesting options to extend the trip. The length of the hike, its close proximity to town and good views make it a nice option if the weather is expected to turn for the worse later in the day.
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