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Scenic hike with a lot of fall colors. We did see a Moose on the trail (that startled us). We kept our distance and warned hikers after we were able to continue.

Beautiful trail, would recommend in the spring. After Mills lake the trail to Black Lake can be a little challenging with some steep areas. But totally worth it. The waterfall right before Black lake is beautiful.

hiking
4 days ago

We loved this hike! The colors were brilliant today, the hike is a little steep but so worth it. The falls at the end are spectacular!

Beyond gorgeous ! Worth the extra distance to the last lake !!:)

hiking
5 days ago

started from bear lake to lake haiyaha to alberta falls to glacier gorge shuttle stop. don’t get me wrong, the hike was beautiful, just didn’t find the falls too impressive. maybe it would have been different if i looped the other way?

on Alberta Falls Trail

hiking
5 days ago

I was just going to Black Lake and saw the trail heading higher so I went up to explore Frozen Lake. It was a hard up hill and no well mark trail but not to hard to find, but I wouldn’t follow my tracks lol..,

Good spot! Pretty easy and heavily trafficked but worth seeing the waterfall!

hiking
8 days ago

Loved this hike! It was easy enough for my 10 year old to do. Gorgeous views, several bridges to cross. The Falls were beautiful and changing colors of the fall leaves made it even prettier.

Trail trekkers
Sept 2018

This was our favorite hike (so far) in RMNP. We only went as far as Mills Lake, but it was breathtaking. We fished there, too. It’s one of the only lakes where you can fish in the National Park and between my husband and I we caught more than 40 trout (catch and release). We used a spinning rod with a fly. The traditional fly fishermen didn’t have as much luck, so keep that in mind.
Even if you don’t fish, it’s an excellent spot for a picnic!

Took a 10yo and two 7yo kids. It was a stretch for them but there enough gold coins along the way for them to explore and stay interested. And the payoff at the end is awesome.

Excellent hike. Excellent views. No problem parking, but we arrived just after 6 AM.

What a great trek! Got to the parking lot around 6:15am with about four spots left. The hike up to Mills Lake is a pretty easy hike. Between Mills lake and Black lake the path turns a bit more uneven with more steps and roots. Beyond Black lake is a decent amount of scrambling. We lost the path several times trying to find Frozen Lake but were able to find it by opening the All Trails app and looking at our current location on the map. Highly suggest having that handy as even some of the rock piles were misleading on direction. We got back to the parking lot around 3pm; a pretty leisurely pace on the way up and a faster pace on the way back. Overall great hike!

Couldn’t have asked for a nicer hike with my 8 and 11 year old kids. Started at Bear Lake Trailhead so it was .6 mile to the top. At the top there was a great view and a nice place to have a snack and feed the chipmunks.

it was cold and windy but worth it! I would rate it as a moderate. I am a lettercarrier and walk everyday. With the altitude I need to rest often. Coming down piece of cake.

Favorite short fall hike to bring friends.

First hike in RMNP was great. We arrived at 6:15am and managed to get one of the few parking spots left at Glacier Gorge. There are a few rock gardens but trail is mainly clear and manageable. Mills lake was beautiful, can’t describe it. Trail was super crowded by the time we headed down. People constantly heading up. We made it back down to the car by 9:30, and made someone’s day by opening up a parking spot.

Harder than advertised, but worth the climb.

hiking
25 days ago

Huffers Hill

Up hill the whole way to the lake. Beautiful! We have 4 kids who did this with no problems. All 7 and under.

moderate hike with beautiful views and waterfalls.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing trail with plenty of water view and river trail!

easy hike for the kiddos....we actually preferred these falls over Alberta!

mills lake was awesome...hike is fairly crowded, but a lot better once you get past Alberta falls...the lake and landscape is a must see!

So beautiful

hiking
1 month ago

WE ARE GOING AGAIN! Do I need to say more. Great trail. VERY busy, but that is to be expected in RMNP. The trail gets warm by midmorning so start early.

Finally found parking at Glacier Gorge Trailhead. Hiked out to Alberta Falls and then headed back to the trail junction and headed to Bear Lake. Walked the .5 mile loop around Bear Lake. Took the shuttle back to Glacier Gorge. Absolutely beautiful hike. Took a lot of pictures. Not a pro hiker. Uphill stretches are tiring but well worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy beginner trail but so beautiful everyone will want to go. I walked Bear lake trail first then took Alberta Falls Route. A lot of people on weekends.

Beautiful trail in Park. Falls, trees lots of boulders. Be aware no cell service in area so have a map if not familiar w roads. Drive up 7 from Lyons is gorgeous!

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