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Alberta Falls Trail is a 1.6 mile heavily 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.

Length 1.6 mi Elevation gain 252 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

No dogs

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Getting There

Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through Recreation.gov at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, May 28. Reservations will be available to enter the park from June 4 through July 31. The next release will be on July 1, for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July. On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days that have not been booked for August. On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability between 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. This process will facilitate advance payment of entrance fees, minimize contact between park entrance station staff and visitors and limit congestion in parking lots. The permit system will apply to all areas of the park. In the initial opening phase, the park will open approximately 60 percent of the park’s maximum parking capacity or 4,800 vehicles (13,500 visitors) per day. 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.

Rocky Mountain National Park 1000 Highway 36 Estes Park, CO 80517-8397 Visitor Information 970-586-1206 (Daily 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mountain Time, recorded information after hours) Trail Ridge Road Information Recorded Message 970-586-1222 (available 24 hours a day, updated when conditions and/or road status change) Backcountry Office 970-586-1242 Lost & Found (Backcountry Office) 970-586-1242 Campground Reservations 877-444-6777 In an Emergency contact the park's dispatch center at 970-586-1203

TH is just 10 minutes on the bus from Bear Lake Parking at Glacier Gorge Jct. TH is Glacier Gorge Junction parking area, 8 1/2 miles up Bear Lake Rd. or 1/8 mile before Bear Lake on the left.

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Jason Why
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Hiking

Pretty view and pretty easy hike. I moved quick and then hiked over to bear lake to see it. Lots of people and not a majority wearing masks. I parked at the trail head around 6pm and there were a few spaces available on a Wednesday evening.

Thomas Platen
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Hiking

Our family of 10 ranged from a 13 to an 86 year old. So here’s our advice... Take parking shuttle to Bear Lake lot rather than Alberta Falls lot. This enables you to walk the short .5 loop trail around Bear Lake and then take the downhill .5 trail to the Alberta Falls Trail. The Alberta Falls Trail was gorgeous! Easy trail to navigate with ample shade and a beautiful stand of Aspens. The falls can be viewed at various points and provide great photo opportunities. Trail can be quite crowded.

Melanie Barbour
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Hiking

Great trail! We took the shuttle up to Bear Lake and did the walk around the lake. Afterwards, we headed down the trail to Alberta Falls. The trail was most downhill until some slight inclines right near the falls, but nothing too difficult! The falls are absolutely beautiful! There are a lot of places to stop and take a break right near them or to climb the rocks nearby. On the way back, we walked down to the Glacier Gorge Trailhead. Again, this was mostly downhill so limited elevation and climbing. Overall took us about 3 miles and 2 hours (this included some breaks and climbing). Loved this hike!

Jonathan Greer
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Hiking

Nice little hike up to a raging waterfall. Plenty of families on the way up. You’ll need to be able to climb stairs but it’s a short hike. Please wear masks as this is a very popular hike!

Percival Mosaedi
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Hiking

Combined a bunch of trails to make a loop. See recording for route. Beautiful park. Was very crowded on 7/7, wear your masks.

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Nicole Leatherby
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Hiking

This hike up to the falls was nice. There's a pretty aspen grove on the way up. We were very surprised at the force of this river. It was really gushing! There were cute little pikas that were running around begging for food. There were some river crossings with nice bridges and pretty wild flowers.

Trey Trey Williams
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easy hike that leads to multiple other trailheads. really crowded

David Frederick
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Hiking

Fantastic easy hike for families with kids. Saw two moose on the way up.

Stephen Savage
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Hiking

The trail has a lot of aspens along it and the waterfall was beautiful.

Heather Roldan
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HikingBugs

Nice easy to moderate trail-especially for those not accustomed to the altitude. Mostly uphill towards the falls and then downhill on the way back to Glacier Gorge Trailhead.

Amber Hutchison
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Hiking

This is such a short trip to see a beautiful waterfall!

Lexie Damian
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Hiking

The way to the falls is a steady drop in incline, meaning the way back may be more difficult. However, it is manageable for any visitor looking for an easy to moderate level trail while still enjoying fantastic Rocky Mountain views. A must see!

Becca Puntoni
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Hiking

Awesome trail! Definitely easy for anyone from Colorado that hikes often, but even for visitors it’s very manageable and kid friendly. The falls are beautiful and flowing strong this time of year! Absolutely a must see if you are visiting RMNP!

Hany Morsy
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Nature trips

These falls were powerful - very fast water. Beautiful scenes when you hike up above the fall itself. The hike itself from Bear's Lake was easy as the first half mile is down hill. The way back is surely harder as you gain elevation, but you can also walk towards the shuttle around half way then take the shuttle to Bear Lake parking lot.

Robert Johnson
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Hiking

Very nice trail and beautiful falls. Close to moderate. Suggest starting at Bear Lake then end at Gourge and take Bus back.

Stephanie Mersman
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Hiking

A beautiful hike. Nice, wide trails, allowing for passing folks. Nice & shady, great stopping points and well maintained. Downside, it was very heavily trafficked. Everyone was respectful, but still super busy. Be sure to climb to the top of the falls too. Absolutely mesmerizing.

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Chris Bindi
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Hiking

Not too crowded. Slightly muddy in a few spots.

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Jennifer Barnes
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Hiking

Great Trail. We took our 8 month old daughter and she enjoyed it. We all did. Shady areas, water near. No mosquitos that we noticed. Obviously they are there but we didn’t get bitten. Very kid friendly. When we went, it wasn’t very crowded. Unfortunately no dogs. Scenic and there were a few areas that were muddy. Ohhh and there were cute little chipmunks that are photogenic. I think they wanted food.

Lynn McConnell
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Hiking

I hiked this today, it is open and really nice hike. The falls are awesome. It’s a very worthwhile hike. I was surprised at the amount of people on the trail

Christi Romney
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Hiking

Quick easy hike with kids age 0-12y, trail mostly dry, managed fine in chacos/Keens, lots of fun creek crossings, raging falls and beautiful view of the region from the top. We were there early about 4p and only saw a couple other people.

Christian Butler
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Trail conditions aren't ideal but the Fall is flowing so fast it was well worth it!

Veronica Ploetz
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Hiking

Great hike, only a couple spots still had snow, totally manageable, wearing athletic shoes, the falls are worth every step of the hike

Keaton Krell
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A nice hike, but with the heavy crowding there, you definitely want to wear a mask. Honestly, once you're there, keep going to Mills Lake. It'll be worth it.

Christian Krzysik
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Hiking

We went from Bear Lake Trailhead, to Alberta Falls, then up to a Loch Lake. Gorgeous hike, and it got even better as we continued past the falls and up to Loch Lake. After our long hike, the hardest part of the trail was returning from Alberta Falls to the Bear Lake trailhead. We were really tired by that final stretch, and the incline was increasing again at the end of the hike. The trail is slightly wet, but basic hiking boots will work (I have Columbia newton ridge).

K Miller
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Hiking

Nice and easy, family friendly hike. Beautiful views. Pretty busy.

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Michael Magnelli
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Hiking

Great trail deep in the woods. Easy to get to with 40ft waterfall at the end. I was there in early July. Didn’t see any snow

Charley Van Amburg
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Hiking

Easy hike with a pretty waterfall at the end

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