Bridal Veil Falls - Hiking
Bridal Veil Falls is a fun day hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. The out-and-back hike ends at a spectacular waterfall, but also includes lovely mountain views and meadows along the way.
The trail straight out to the falls is about 3.1 miles one-way. However, shortly into the hike, the trail splits; you can continue to follow the trail out to the falls, or you can take the fork for a 1.2 mile (one-way) trek out to Gem Lake before resuming your hike.
Destination Distance From Downtown
This is a pretty mellow hike in Rocky Mountain National Park, but rated at a 3-star difficulty level due to the distance (just over three miles one way) and the small amount of scrambling required near the end of the hike.
Time To Complete
The trail, which is just over three miles one-way, takes 1-2 hours to reach the falls, depending on your pace. The trail is pretty mellow, without significant elevation gain until you approach the end of the hike. However, once you've reached the falls, you may want to explore the area a little bit, or just sit and enjoy the falls for a while. It's a great place for a picnic!
Spring, Summer, and Fall
This trail is open in the spring and fall, but be aware that weather in the mountains is not the same as weather in Denver. There may be snow, ice, and slush on the trail in the middle of spring. Just be sure to have proper traction, if necessary!