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There are parking lots on both sides of the Falls area. This is not really a hike but more fun scrambling and bouldering expedition. We did manage to hike about a mile back into the canyon but beware of falling rock. It looked very dangerous. Lots of fun for kids 8+ years old as far as climbing.

10 hours ago

Definitely a fun hike. Great payoff for an intense (if you’re from the Midwest) hike. Would do it again in a heartbeat!

11 hours ago

Beautiful hike, we got there at 7 am and made it to the top in 1.5 hours. I would say moderate to strenuous for sure, lots of rock steps. View at the top was totally worth it!

14 hours ago

It was absolutely beautiful! We loved every second of it! We actually went ahead and hiked all the way up to emerald lake. The hike wasn’t too bad at all! We had our 7 year old son with us and for the most part he did good! We were able to get really close to the chipmunks and they’ll come right up to you. Overall very beautiful and great hike!

20 hours ago

Nice hike stopped by on the way back from the key hole simple scramble to the lake awesome view of the diamond on longs. lake was alright there’s better lakes in RMNP to see Black lake and lake of glass are nicer this was a little more challenging to get to or it would only be a 3 star

One of the most beautiful hikes! You get to see at least five different water features. For the most part, the trail is fairly easy up until you get to the rocky area leading up to the Glass Lake. The trail can get a bit confusing when you get up there, but it’s still so worth the trip!

1 day ago

One of my favorite RMNP hikes! It is 9 miles, not 8 as stated in the app.

The scramble at the top was too much for a 3 year old but maybe we'll do it again in a few years.

this Trail is wonderful. The first one point five miles are very challenging and difficult. However they are in the forest so you're protected from the elements. For a considerable distance once you passed the tree line it is a wonderful Trail to walk on. Unfortunately we didn't make it to the summit. The weather was cloudy and it was incredibly cold, and it is very windy as everyone says. We did make it to Peak 12150. I would do this hike again no doubt. However the next time, I would go more prepared with the proper attire. While we were dressed in the appropriate coat and pant layering, the lack of a hat and gloves made it unbearable. I recommend all of these if you plan to take this hike. Far better to be able to remove them if its cold then to not have them at all. Again, I do plan to make the hike again, so that I can get to the summit of Mount Ida. It's a stunning hike and well worth every step.

Nice hike up to pretty waterfalls! Lots of big rocks for big kids / adults to climb on to get extra close! We took advice from previous post and started trail at Bear Lake trailhead and then took Glacier Gorge trailhead to shuttle on way back down —> there was no point in climbing all that way back to Bear Lake since we hiked all of those lakes the day before!

Gorgeous trail, did this for our anniversary. It’s definitely more of a moderate hike. The elevation gain is so gradual up until the waterfall, we were able to power walk the whole thing with very little, short stops.

The waterfall wasn’t nearly bad as I thought, either. The scramble up is intimidating to look at, but just watch your step and wear good shoes and it’s totally manageable- There are practically stairs leading up the whole thing, nothing too precarious. I’m terrified of heights and only had one minor freak out LOL. For real though, not nearly as bad as you’d think, and the climb down was even easier. SO SO WORTH IT. This trail was gorgeous, and the colors have just began to change. Waterfalls, lakes, the river, forest and high elevation views. This trail has it all.

1 day ago

Super challenging hike. Essentially 4 miles of stairs on the way up. Gets really windy when you hit the 1.7 remaining mark. Make sure to bring wind jacket, hat and gloves. First part is in the trees then you venture into the valley where it is super windy, once you get to the sign where it points to chasm lake or longs peak follow the trail to the left alongside of the mountain. First you will see peacock lake and continue until you see the chasm lake sign. Have to climb up a lot of rocks to get to chasm lake. Beautiful hike but definitely a challenge on the legs.

Easy day hike to one of the most magical lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park. Get to the trail early to avoid parking hassle and tons of other hikers.

Would not rate this as difficult - more like a moderate trail. There isn't too much elevation gain. The only real gain you see are first at the switchbacks and then later on right before timberline falls, and up timberline falls. Other than that it is really mellow and virtually impossible to get lost. Great trail and very accessible to hikers of all ages. Please wear shoes with better grip than regular Nikes/gym shoes. Saw many people try to climb timberline falls in those and were slipping and sliding all over the place which makes it dangerous for yourself and everyone around you. So many good views on the way to sky pond. Get there before 7am on a saturday if you want to park at the trailhead. If you don't you will need to park at the lower lot and take the shuttle.

Great challenge. Pack layers. Views spectacular

My new favorite hike in RMNP!! Great place to see the aspens changing colors in September. The scramble at the end is a fun challenge. Don’t forget to continue on past the Lake of Glass, about 0.3mi past the scramble.

on Deer Mountain Trail

1 day ago

Good hike for families. Beautiful views!

no way this is a easy kid friendly trail

Absolutely worth the hike. Our watches clocked it in at around 9.5 miles though. We are fit runners from the flat land and it wasn’t a problem. Take your time and really enjoy the views on this hike. Took us 5 hours. Parking was an issue as the road was already closed so figure an alternate way to get there.

Moderate hike especially the first 1 1/2. Stop to see all the different Vally views on the way up. Once on top, enjoy the great views of Estes Park. Good for a 3 to 4 hour hike.

2 days ago

Since we had already seen all we wanted to near Bear Lake area: (Bear, Nymth, Dream, and Emerald) we hiked to Alberta Falls and then hiked to the Glacier Gorge trail head and then shuttled back to Park and Ride.This saved some uphill walking and was recommended by a ranger.

Waterfall was busy with people and was just OK.

Be there before sunrise to experience the AlpenGlow.

The reviews below cover just about everything. If you are worried about the scramble up the waterfall, stay to the right, take your time and bring some microspikes. They will help immensely. Especially now that it's getting colder. The short jaunt passed the steep steps to the waterfall was icy.

Hard hike, but the views are incredible. It was VERY cold up at the lake. Also saw a male moose on the way back down.

Fun hike. Very much worth it to continue up to sky pond

Great hike. Very serene up at sky lake

love this hike. the views are amazing! my husband and I loved it.

Awesome fall colors and all around gorgeous hike!

Good hike. Cold and windy at sky pond, so be sure to pack a jacket

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