Alberta Falls Trail

EASY 165 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.

1.6 miles 275 feet 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.

3 hours ago

snowshoeing
12 days ago

Nothing to see at the falls with 5 feet of snow on the ground, but the backdrop of the Rockies offers plenty of grand views anyway. Trail was moderately busy on a Sunday afternoon, with about 1/3 of the crowd wearing snowshoes and the others on foot. We put on the snowshoes for traction (with a baby strapped to my front, I was much less anxious about the steeper sections), but they really weren't necessary. I recommend adding the mile (return) to pop up the hill and play around on frozen Bear Lake.

hiking
19 days ago

Amazing waterfall. First trip in 2013 and then made this the last section of our Bear Lake loop hike in 2015. Brought the kids to see it in 2016.

hiking
26 days ago

We traversed this hike in about a foot of more of snow in late April of 2016. It was breathtaking.

28 days ago

Snowshoe opportunity. Did it yesterday. Fresh powder. Good easy walk

1 month ago

If you want to do this in the winter... it's pretty underwhelming so much so that we didn't even take a picture. But just for S&G we kept going up the trail saw some birds and squirrels and some sick views!

1 month ago

snowshoeing
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3 months ago

Very easy trail. No one on it when we went last week (November 1).

hiking
4 months ago

Short hike with incline the whole way from glacier gorge lot to the falls.

hiking
4 months ago

Great little short waterfall hike. Not too steep.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail to sweet waterfall. Gets busy in summer. Steady uphill but not steep.

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hiking
5 months ago

Nice hike with a beautiful view of the falls at the top. Did this hike with my hubby and 2 daughters who are 4 & almost 2.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike in the fall.