Ouzel Lake Backcountry Campsite sits on the north edge of Ouzel Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park’s Wild Basin. The single campsite, located at 10,020 feet, lies in a spruce and fir forest below 13,176-foot Copeland Mountain. The scenic lake offers great trout fishing and hiking up to Bluebird Lake farther up the valley. Beginning from Wild Basin Trailhead, reach Ouzel Lake Campsite by hiking 4.9 miles up Thunder Lake Trail and Bluebird Lake, passing rushing Ouzel Falls along the way. Allow four or five hours to backpack from car to camp. The trail gains 1,520 feet of elevation from the trailhead. The site has a privy. Get water at the lake’s outlet stream. Boil or treat water before use. The site is usually clear of snow by mid-June.
Recommended season(s): Mid-June to September.
—Stewart M. Green