Alberta Falls Trail

EASY 129 reviews

Alberta Falls Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, CO that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

1.7 miles 312 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Family-friendly, easy hike from Glacier Gorge Junction trailhead. Beautiful falls and views of surrounding peaks. One of the most popular hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park, it can be quite crowded. The hike is short and easy and one of the most scenic hikes in the park. The trail starts at Glacier Gorge Junction trailhead, and heads south, paralleling the creek. At about 0.3 miles, the trail intersects with two others, one branching back toward the north to Sprague Lake, and slightly further with the trail coming down from Bear Lake. At the intersection with Bear Lake Trail, turn left. The trail passes several aspen groves, and into pine forest. At about 0.5 miles, it opens up onto a ledge of rock offering an overlook of Glacier Gorge. From there, the trail parallels Glacier Creek to the Falls. Alberta Falls roars through a granite chute. The rock slabs surrounding the Falls are a great place to explore and picnic. You can take the trail further to several beautiful lakes in the park: The Loch (aka Loch Vale), Mills Lake, Lake Haiyaha and Black Lake.

1 month ago

Very easy trail. No one on it when we went last week (November 1).

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1 month ago

Short hike with incline the whole way from glacier gorge lot to the falls.

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1 month ago

Great little short waterfall hike. Not too steep.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Nice trail to sweet waterfall. Gets busy in summer. Steady uphill but not steep.

1 month ago

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2 months ago

Nice hike with a beautiful view of the falls at the top. Did this hike with my hubby and 2 daughters who are 4 & almost 2.

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2 months ago

Beautiful hike in the fall.

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2 months ago

Definitely beautiful once you reach the falls. Only 1 mile from the parking lot and an easy hike if you're somewhat used to the elevation. But once you get to the beautiful falls don't be afraid to go another 10th or a quarter-mile up because it still beautiful.

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2 months ago

Visited Alberta Falls on our way to Mills and Jewel Lakes. Very nice trail and good waterfall, but expect this early portion of the trail crowded.

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2 months ago

Very easy hike from the Bear parking lot. Waterfall is fun to climb around on the rock ledges.

2 months ago

Beautiful and short. Great for kids if you want to see a good-looking waterfall.

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2 months ago

Wonderful maintained trail. Beautiful Fall color. Too many people at one time though.

2 months ago

Very well marked and heavily hiked but to see the fall colors in full bloom was glorious! We hiked up hill on the way out and downhill on the way back.

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2 months ago

Very easy. parking lot is full by 6- 7am... so you'll have to shuttle.

Beautiful views of the mountains Ann's the waterfall.

More than likely going to be a very populated area after 8am or so

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2 months ago

Very well maintained trail with lots of coverage. Nice waterfall at the end, but the later you go the worse the crowds. Due to traffic, trail can get pretty dusty. You can follow this trail farther for more beautiful scenery. You can get on the trail from either Bear Lake TH or Glacier Gorge TH.

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3 months ago

Amazing waterfall

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3 months ago

This is a great trail of you have younger kids. I took my 5 and 7 year old and they loved it.

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3 months ago

It's definitely a trek but worth it.