Bear Lake to Alberta Falls to Mills Lake

MODERATE 16 reviews
#73 of 145 trails in

Bear Lake to Alberta Falls to Mills Lake is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and horses and is best used from June until September. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1023 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

hiking
21 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike, beautiful fall colors, incredible mountain lake with many rocks on shoreline to relax on. One of the best in the park. Started at Bear Lake parking lot and took Alberta Falls trail, less people after the Falls. On last 1/2 mile of hike out took Glacier Gorge trail after the Falls and rode shuttle bus back to Bear Lake.

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

Great weather

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

easy climb, very crowded trail. The falls are beautiful to sit next to and you can get quite close to the waters edge. The rolling and crashing sounds of the water are relaxing to listen and watch.

hiking
3 months ago

Mills Lake is one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited. The trail gets busy so head out early in the morning (which helps with parking too).

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

There are other combinations of these trails, but I prefer this one. Starting at Bear Lake, continue to Alberta Falls, then on to Mills Lake and back. As you approach Alberta Falls, you climb adjacent to a series of increasingly beautiful falls prior to reaching Alberta Falls which are a prime photo stop for many. I love the sound of a stream to river to fall escalation as I hike. Many hikers turn around and return from here so there will be less traffic out to Mills Lake. Mills lake is the exception to AM hikes being the best. There are beautiful dusk to twilight to evening reflections on this lake. Simply stunning. Combining these makes this hike between easy and moderate. Horses are allowed on parts of these trails. You always have the option to turn back after the falls. Though I highly recommend the hike out to Mills Lake and back.You may wish to add the Bear Lake Trail loop of 0.8 miles at the beginning or end of your hike: this adds an easy and scenic lake hike.