Upper Cascade Falls

Distance: 4.4 - 5.9 miles (loop)

Uncompahgre National Forest, near Ouray in Southwest Colorado

Great views to the southwest with Ouray in the foreground

Great views to the southwest with Ouray in the foreground


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
  • More Hikes in:
    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.

Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile for the Upper Cascade Falls Trail

Best Hiking in Southwest Colorado around Ouray, Telluride and Silverton

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