Alberta Peak: Continental Divide National Scenic Trail

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South San Juan Wilderness

Alberta Peak: Continental Divide National Scenic Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near South Fork, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,233 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
snow
16 days ago

Really enjoyed this hike. We went mid October of last year and snow came in the morning of our hike. We still did about the first mile and a half and it was absolutely gorgeous in the light snow. Snow was supposed to pick up so we decided to not go all the way and visibility would not have allowed us to really enjoy the views. Overall the part we did was great.

This is a great trail....although I think it should be in the ‘moderate’ category. Easily doable, but not easy.

Easy footing but some climbing. Still some wildflowers. Great views mountain ranges at the top. Lots dead pines, I’m assuming from the beetles,, but the new super green ones are amazing

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful! We have skied here before but this was our first time at wolf creek in the summer. Pretty simple hike with gorgeous views along the ridge.

hiking
9 months ago

Love this trail!! It’s a good hike if your an intermediate hiker. Great views of Wolf Creek Ski!!

hiking
9 months ago

Lovely place and such a change in the landscape throughout the hike. We do again!

hiking
9 months ago

We loved this trail! So so beautiful! It has it all, rocky areas, wooded areas, open areas, incredible views all along the way. The trail is fairly easy but does have a pretty good incline in places. It is a smooth trail for the most part, rocky in a few areas. Some fallen trees over the trail in a couple of places but pretty easy to get over or around. When you get close to the top, there’s a couple places that the trail just disappears into some bushes, don’t fear, it’s there, just walk on through. These bushes are soft not scratchy (we all had on shorts). Alberta Peak is basically a huge pile of massive boulders. It was a bit of a tough climb for my husband and I (we are 52) we pretty much did some of it in a bear crawl. We had our 22 and 26 year old sons with us or we might not have done it. The view at the top was worth it though and little chipmunks running around up there. We did this trail up and back in about 4 hours and 15 minutes including our slow crawl to the top of those rocks.

hiking
9 months ago

great trail beautiful views nice hike

hiking
9 months ago

Nice hike, easy trail to follow. Took us slightly over 3 hours with many stops for pictures. Shady in parts, but glad I had a hat for shade near the top.

hiking
10 months ago

We loved this! It took us (family of four) around 3 hours to get the the top and back down, and to summit you have to do a bit of scrambling over rocks to get to the absolute peak, but once you do it is completely worth it! 360 views all around! Also there was a bit of snow left over on the trail which was exciting!

hiking
no shade
rocky
10 months ago

Should be rated as easy, but still great views. Go all the way to the top of Alberta Peak. Loved it!

hiking
off trail
rocky
10 months ago

great trail, not to long. pretty easy trail even for a fatty like me. whole trip was about 2 1/2 hrs. great view from the peak. the very top is a free climb but not to hard. great views most of the way. trail is kind of hard to follow because of snow and some bushes.

hiking
10 months ago

Great views from the top part of the hike. A few fallen trees across trail. Had to go off trail many times to navigate around areas of snow, but well worth the effort.

hiking
muddy
10 months ago

It was absolutely beautiful! Surprisingly to us, there was still a ton of snow on the ground so we kept losing the trail and ultimately gave up before we reached the top but lovely views up until then and nearly had the place to ourselves.

hiking
Wed Nov 21 2018

Beautiful scenic view at the very end. Aspens just happened to be turning. Gorgeous! ♡

Sat Sep 22 2018

Beetle kill trees along the beginning but stunning 360 view at the end. Changing aspens were a treat.

Thu Sep 13 2018

Nice hike, but know that many of the big firs have been killed by beetles. But it is interesting to see all the new, baby firs growing to replace them. The trail is well-maintained, so all the fallen trees are not an issue. September is a great time to go because it is neither too hot nor too cold, and there are not many, if any other hikers on the trail.

hiking
Mon Sep 10 2018

Beautiful hike with great views. Worth repeating any time. This is must do hike. Put it on your list.

hiking
Tue Aug 21 2018

Outstanding 360 degree views of Rocky Mountain peaks. Was just under 3 miles up and 3 miles down. Took us about 3 hours to do the whole thing. Well worth it once you get to the peak!!! It’s pretty forresty and shady, but the trees are pretty dead once you’re up at the top of the ski lift. Truly one of my favorites though.

hiking
Sun Aug 19 2018

I absolutely loved this hike! We started on a Saturday around 6pm right after a major hail storm so the trail was covered with about 1-2” of hail. Made for a wet, sloshy but unique experience. Saw pikas, marmots, Clark’s nutcrackers, ravens, and even a set of weasels! This time of day was magical! The sun cast golden hues on the mountains the entire hike. We didn’t make it to the Peak because it started getting dark. But the open meadows at the top literally took my breath away. one of my new favorite spots. So peaceful ...not another person on the trail! Setting varies from shady woods to open rock fields and meadows. Could hear some highway noise for the first 1/2 mile or so but not terrible. We walked down the ski slope to shorten the time so we’d get back before dark. It was just amazing overall. Can’t wait to go back and go all the way to Alberta Peak! We went about 4 miles round trip, in the hail and mud in just over 2 hours. Loved it!

Sat Aug 18 2018

Beautiful trail, and not very difficult or long. The whole hike took me 2.5 hrs, not stopping often or long. I didn't keep track of time, but the first lift tower for Wolf Creek could probably be reached at 30 min, and that is a good view a s beautiful hike in itself. There was an offshoot for Treasure Mountain. I'm not sure where that is but have a good guess it was the beautiful neighboring peak to the west. You could also continue to keep following the continental divide. Stunning views.

Thu Aug 02 2018

I did this hike with 2 other grown women and our 18yo daughters and their friends. The views are spectacular. The trail is well maintained, with just 2 downed trees that were easy to get around. It was easy walking, but a lot of elevation gain. It took us about 5 hours to hike it, but we stopped for a lot of pictures and we were not acclimated to the altitude. I rated this a 4 and not a 5 because there was a lot of man-made stuff to distract from the views. Truck noise from the highway, backhoes and pile drivers working on the ski lifts. The trail basically follows the upper boundary of a ski area. But otherwise a very nice day hike.

hiking
Tue Jul 24 2018

Great 2.5 hour out and back. Trail was easy to follow with only one down tree i can remember. Scenery along the ridge at the top of the hill is phenomenal. Loved to lush meadows as well and seeing the ol chair lifts. My German Shepherds loved this hike.

hiking
Wed Jul 18 2018

Especially fun to end up at the top of the mountain at the Wolf Creek chairlift.

Mon Jul 16 2018

This was such a fun hike! There are lots of dead trees, but honestly, all the grass and wildflowers make you forget those. It’s so fun to hike part of the Continental Divide Trail in a really pretty spot. We did an easy scramble onto the top of Alberta Peak, which was also fun. The peak isn’t marked, so look at pictures of it so you recognize it when you come upon it. It’s recognizable if you know what you’re looking for! A big pile of rocks, that is. Also spied three pika. That was super exciting.

hiking
Sun Jul 01 2018

Great hike. Glad we had our jackets when we reached the top. There are several trees down across the trail on the first half, but are easy to get over, around, or under. Our German Shepherd had no problems.

hiking
Sat Jun 23 2018

Fun, great views, not too difficult. Brought the dog and he loved the small snow banks along the way. Accidentally walked past Alberta Peak initially then turned back and did the "scrambling" up to the top which was a highlight!

hiking
Mon Jun 18 2018

Great hike on well marked trail. Follows the Continental Divide. Had to climb over, under or go around fallen trees in the beginning. Recommend a warmer jacket and beanie for the top portion of the hike - was windy and cold for about a mile at the top portion of the hike. You can continue to follow the trail beyond the peak area.

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