Alberta Falls Trail

EASY 220 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

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.

44 minutes ago

21 hours ago

2 days ago

Easy trail, multiple lookouts to the waterfall, and it's heavily trafficked in the afternoon

2 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

A beatiful trail! Nice and easy for kids. Definitely one of our favorite so far for this trip and in addition to this we've done Emerald Lake and Fern Lake.

hiking
4 days ago

Nice trail with streams and waterfalls. Go early so you can find parking and avoid the shuttle (7am-ish). Can access from Bear Lake Trailhead or Glacial Gorge Trailhead.

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

Great short trail. A lot of people but it didn't seem too crowded. Great variety on the trail.

hiking
6 days ago

6 days ago

This was a great hike - not too much elevation change, but definitely affected our out of town friends (they just had to go slower than they do on other hikes they do)

hiking
8 days ago

Hiked out of the Glacier Gorge parking area, went to the falls, then hiked over to the Bear Lake parking area. Trail was crowded, saw some patches of snow just off the trail. Good trail for kids - our 3 y.o. was able to do a decent amount of it, and loved the stream crossings and views. Definitely pick up the shuttle at Bear Lake if you want a seat.

hiking
9 days ago

Easy hike. Crowded during tourist season.

9 days ago

10 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

Fun trail and pretty easy. Great if you're looking for something light! A warning though- it's very busy!

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked this June 9. Easy hike with a nice waterfall. No snow and good path.

hiking
12 days ago

Incredibly easy hike. But nonetheless, a beautiful view is available. Good hike for younger families. Beware of crowdedness during busy hours of the day though.

hiking
13 days ago

One of the best trails I have been on. The waterfall was amazing. The views were perfect. It was a little busy as expected but totally worth the crowd.