Alberta Falls Trail

EASY 344 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
275 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.

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Great hike for kids

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4 hours 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!

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1 day 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.

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9 days 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.

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13 days ago

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

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18 days 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!

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28 days 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.

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