Alberta Falls Trail

EASY 359 reviews

Alberta Falls Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
219 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

hiking
11 days ago

Very nice hike. Defiantly need micro spikes!!

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful views! Easy hike.

hiking
20 days ago

Very easy trail but lots of snow this time of the year. I used trekking poles and wore microspikes so it was perfect! I wouldn’t suggest going without it. It was pretty cool to see Alberta Falls almost entirely frozen!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail! Easy and user friendly hike to the falls.

1 month ago

Great trail. Some of the signs were confusing as to which path to take to see certain areas. Heavily populated. Lots of places to take pictures!

1 month ago

Easy, lovely hike to the waterfall. Great for all ages. Today the trail was clear of ice and snow.

1 month ago

Great hike for kids

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful and easy for families with small kids. Trail starts getting icy after the falls so if you are not prepared I would not go much further. Falls on that ice hurt!

hiking
2 months ago

We did not have time to go all the way to Loch Vale today, but the trail to the falls is a beautiful short walk. It was a little icy in some places, but not wet or muddy.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy trail with a big reward at the end. Hike up to the top of the falls results in a great view above the falls.

hiking
2 months ago

Really popular / crowded trail. Good hike for families - lots of children. Pretty underwhelming falls

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful scenery, but I was not a fan of the crowds. If you can avoid taking the shuttle from Estes Park, I would. There are lots of trail heads off of this path. GO EARLY!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy family friendly hike to a scenic waterfall that can be accessed by most people. You can choose to go back to the Bear Lake parking lot or hike down to the Glacier Gorge Trailhead where we caught the shuttle at after completing Emerald Lake earlier in the day. Plenty of other spur trails to make a full day out of this as well.

3 months ago

The best part of the trail is the gorge. The falls is ok. Very crowded and no good angle to see the full view of the falls.

3 months ago

The first part of the hike is a little uphill but it does level out and the views all along are awesome. there are alternative paths so you can get closer to the water before the actual falls. you can also connect to Bear Lake half way.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike. Mostly downhill going in and uphill coming out. Great view of the waterfall!!

3 months ago

Great for kids!

3 months ago

Very nice hike!

hiking
4 months ago

Nice short hike to a great view of the falls.

4 months ago

Beautiful and pretty easy hike, well kept wide trail, so although there were a lot of people it was easy to move around others. The falls were full today!

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