Alluvial Fan Trail

EASY 92 reviews
#33 of 156 trails in

Alluvial Fan Trail is a 0.6 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 is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
0.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
127 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

hiking
6 months ago

I explored the west side of the debris field and falls. It was a lot of fun scrambling over the rocks and boulders of all sizes. This was the first stop during my visit to RMNP back in July. I knew immediately that I was in for a treat when a coyote wandered very close by just as I was getting out of the car. And in an update, I recently read that construction of a new trail and bridge has just begun, replacing what was destroyed in a 2013 flood.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice easy trail with an explanation of what occurred years earlier that formed the area.

walking
8 months ago

7-30-2017
Very pretty waterfall, and a very good place to take a visitor from out of town to see some beautiful views. Not a hike at all. Chaotic crowd and limited parking, as to be expected.

hiking
8 months ago

We parked at the West Alluvial Fan parking lot and were able to cross over to the east side. Nice short hike with sounds of rushing water. Nice water fall and great picture opportunity.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice Waterfall. Hard to find trail.

hiking
8 months ago

The walk to the falls is too short and the little climbing there is it is dangerous

9 months ago

We parked on the east side and went off the trail and climbed up the hills. We took off our shoes and crossed the falls stream and that was possibly the highlight of this hike. We hiked up the west side hills. Amazing views!!!

10 months ago

Awesome! We loved it, and the kids could have played all day. Only one fell in - and it wasn't a kid. Get there!!!

10 months ago

had lunch there and a quick hike if you can call it that. nice falls i crossed over to the middle and got right up in there. not sure if i would classify this a s a hike, just a place to see

hiking
10 months ago

Great views from waterfall

10 months ago

Awesome! Recommend parking on the west side for an easier boulder scramble to the top. East side was tough but 8yo made it.

10 months ago

constant bouldering/rock scramble makes this lots of fun, as of 7/17 the east side offers a longer though more difficult climb.

10 months ago

Good large rocks for kids to play around and on.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful short little trail. It's awesome to see before going up on Trail Ridge Road so you can appreciate how massive the footprint is. I didn't see a clear place to cross the water so the trail is really only half as long. The left coast of the stream looked to have better boulders to climb.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful area to climb on rocks along the falls and river. The water was moving very quickly and was exciting to sit back and listen to.

hiking
11 months ago

beautiful views and easy to traverse!!

hiking
11 months ago

Short and sweet

walking
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Awesome place to take the family and play on the rocks and waterfall.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Fun for kids.

hiking
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Quick and easy. If you are adventurous more to explore up the the waterfall

hiking
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Super fun. Kid friendly hiking. Water proof boots are a plus to cross over the river.

hiking
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Super fun. Kid friendly. Hiking. Water proof boots are a plus to cross over the river.

hiking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Easy. Nice change up from typical areas in the park.

hiking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

Absolutely beautiful!! Fun, short hike.

hiking
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Such a fun little hike, especially if you have little ones. Lots of rocks for them to climb on and loads of possible routes to the falls. At one point my son asked if he was going the right way. I responded by telling him there isn't a wrong way here. Very short and very worth while side trip while in the park.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

More of walking over rocks along the falls..kids had a blast..

hiking
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Short trail leads to a lovely rock formation/waterfall with an interesting history. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.

rock climbing
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Great for something different - climbing on the rocks great fun and if you go up a bit, not crowded.

hiking
Monday, August 01, 2016

Great short hike up to the river, especially for kids. Once you get there, lots of opportunity to scramble around on the rocks and climb up for higher views. Our kids loved playing here and wading in the river.

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