Bridal Veil Falls – 6.2mi / 9.9km
Cruise through flower-filled meadows to a wonderful waterfall tucked up in a small valley.
You’ll pass through the historic buildings of McGraw Ranch as you start your walk up Cow Creek. The plain name of the creek belies the beauty of the valley. The trail is easy as it begins on an old road and transitions to a single-track trail. Stately ponderosa pines provide cover over the meadows filled with birds and flowers.
After hiking 2mi/3.2km, follow the well-traveled trail to the right at the junction. The valley narrows as it climbs up. Cow Creek cascades through the aspens and provides a preview to the falls at the end of the trail. After some steeper sections of granite, you arrive at the base of beautiful Bridal Veil Falls. Water flows over the rounded rock above, drops 20ft/6m, then kicks out on the boulders below, before cascading down the valley.
Trailhead: From Hwy 34 in Estes Park, head north on MacGregor Ave, then Devils Gulch Road. After 3.4mi/5.5km, veer left onto McGraw Ranch Rd to the trailhead and park in the marked parking alongside the road.
Elevation Gain: 1,100ft / 330m – Elevation Loss: 1,100ft / 330m