Explore the most popular waterfall trails near Estes Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Crowded but so beautiful. Not much of a hike at all.

Honestly one of the best hikes I have ever been on. The elevation takes some getting used to if your like me (from North Carolina) so be sure to take some extra water with you. Went late afternoon, got on the trail around 3:15 because the parking lot was full. Got to sky pond around 6:00 without making any stops.
Trail is pretty rugged toward the end, but if you enjoy climbing, it shouldn’t be an issue for you. Be sure to bring bug spray because they will GET YOU!!! Also a change of shoes/socks (or water shoes if you want to swap). My feet got soaked climbing up the waterfall getting to the end of the trail and soggy feet can be a bit annoying after awhile.
All and all, probably one of the best hikes I have ever been on! Highly recommend!

Great hike! Beautiful meadows, wildlife, and the falls at the end are worth it.

love this hike! My first hike rated hard! It was challenging, but we did it! Beautiful! So many waterfalls, wildflowers, and 3 lakes! This hike won my heart!

Easy to moderate, gets your muscles working but nothing too strenuous. Maybe not the best for young children in some parts for inexperienced/non-local people like myself but still doable!

A quick and easy walk. I’d recommend doing this as a cool down from the Emerald Lake Trail.

scenic driving
2 days ago

A must-do if you’re at RMNP over the summer. Be prepared to spend a few hours cruising with your windows down and seeing some of the most spectacular views in the park. Be prepared, the path is narrow and requires very cautious driving.

Considering no one seems to go here or even know about it, it is worth the 2 minutes off the main road and 3 min walk. Impressive story. Bring swim trucks and shoes and get in or hike to the top and get a cool view

Such an amazing hike! I made the trek out to RMNP on a Tuesday morning, though made the mistake of getting there at 10am. Took a bit of time to find parking since everything was full (get there early!!!) but eventually parked and hit the trailhead at 10:30am. It took me 2 hours to get to lake of glass and then another .5 mile to get to sky pond. Beautiful views, definitely worth the longer hike! I went via bear lake trail so it ended up being a 10 mile hike total. Took me 5 hours total with stops and breaks for lunch. Trails weren’t super packed Tuesday morning but the parking lots definitely were, so just beware if you think you’ll luck out with a weekday hike.

3 days ago

Loved this trail. Switchbacks through the woods and then nice clearing with beautiful views on the way up. Near the lake, there is a bit of a scramble but it was such fun. Go early to avoid heat and the crowds!

If you’re a true hiker, definitely hike to Loch Vale. The view is absolutely stunning and worth every minute.

Highly trafficked but the waterfall is awesome. We hiked to Emerald lake first. Since the trailheads are basically the same, we kept going to see the waterfall. You can pick a nice rock for a nap once you get there. Great scenery, but if I came back to this park I’d pick a less trafficked trail. It was suitable for my brother, who was dying because he never hikes.

Did this hike Saturday July 7. We got to the trailhead at 530am and the lot was almost full. It took us about 2hr 45 min to get up and exactly 2 hrs to get down with a few breaks. We spent about 30 mins at Sky Pond. When we were hiking down, tons of people were going up. Tons. So glad we started at 530am because it was getting warm, although most of the trail is covered. Beautiful views going up and equally beautiful coming down. A really great hike. I wouldn't rate this hard, maybe moderate. Tracker said the hike is closer to 9.3 miles RT. Def recommend it!

Great trail with some awesome views! Decent elevation gain. Get there early!

My Husband & I hiked Alberta Falls on 4th of July & it was Beautiful! Sat on a rock & dipped my feet into the cold water stream... Over all it was a pretty easy hike. Worth it! Kid friendly. Parking lots get filled quickly & you have to use the park and ride after 7:30ish. So my advise is to go as early as you can. $25 fee for the national park also.

hiking
5 days ago

easy hike to do as soon as you get there, takes like five minutes and extremely worth it

A RMNP favorite! We love beginning the hike at about 4/4:30 am this time of the year to watch the sunrise at The Loch (and find parking and beat the crowds, haha). Based on RMNP's signs it's almost 10 miles RT, but very beautiful the entire way and not too difficult. The mini waterfall scramble is always fun. Don't mistake Lake of Glass for Sky Pond!

Great trail for all the family.

6 days ago

This is a gorgeous hike. The final 2 mile push to Chasm lake is the most rewarding, as you pass several streams and waterfalls.

We left from Denver at 2am to catch the sunrise over the lake (5:40am). Even at 3:40am the parking lot was full, and we had to park further down the road. This wasn't a bother, but I imagine that coming later, would make this much, much harder. I would highly recommend opting for the sunrise to beat crowds!

I arrived at the trailhead at 5:45 am, and the parking lot was already full. The trail can be accessed from the Bear Lake trailhead, though, without adding much distance.

My favorite hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. The trail is well maintained up until the waterfall at glass lake, which you have to climb. I can imagine this waterfall climb getting dangerous, and annoying, towards the middle of the day with lots of people trying to climb up and down.

hiking
7 days ago

Great trail. Great views. Very crowded.

Well worth every moment, I wouldn’t say it was “hard” by any means, maybe challenging at times. Definitely a place to revisit. Side Note: 1 way was 5.0 Miles

hiking
7 days ago

Nice trail but we were not able to get to far as we had a Black bear blocking our path about 3/4 of a mile into the hike. Hopefully we will be able to do it again soon.

Great little hike. Since it's off the 3 lake loop from Bear Lake trail head, make sure to get there early. No idea why this isn't as popular a stop on that loop because it's much prettier than the other lakes, but that might be a good thing! Each time I've hiked this, it's been fairly quiet and empty however I've noticed a lot more climbers with their huge mats blocking up the trail recently, so be careful on the narrow parts and let them pass first. A little steep in some parts, and you will have to climb over boulders to see the full lake, but it's completely worth it. One of my favorite lakes!

hiking
7 days ago

Most rewarding hike I've ever done! Start before 5:30a if you want to park in the lot or along the road near the trailhead and not a mile away. Trail will be fairly populated but much busier on the way down than going up. This also gives you enough time to enjoy the hike before it gets too warm/sunny or afternoon storms above tree line. Bring lots of water and protein and good hiking boots/shoes with ankle stability. We were done by noon after spending around 30 minutes at the lake, stops for pictures, and small breaks every half mile or so.

This was our first hike along the Longs Peak trail and the entire route looks like a fairytale! First half is incline through the forest with views of small creeks/waterfalls and wild flowers. After tree line you can see everything and you are quite exposed, but it's gorgeous tundra and alpine ecosystems. Lots of critters and birds, and we saw a small herd of elk resting in the distance near the Boulder field. Once you're above tree line and hike up the steep incline there for about a mile, you'll get to your first reward of Peacock Pool. Keep going and you'll see Columbine Falls and eventually hike over it. Absolutely gorgeous. Finally, the last quarter mile you're climbing and scrambling up to get into the little bowl Chasm Lake is in. Be careful and follow the cairns for the best rocks and boulders to climb on because the trail is not clear. After that you get the beautiful and rugged alpine lake! So clear you can't quite tell how deep it is.

Very rewarding at 11760 ft! Just remember you have to climb all the way down and it's pretty unforgiving. By the end you're pretty much ready to never use your ankles or knees again. I would say this hike is moderate until the scrambling which would make the hike a bit more difficult and strenuous depending on fitness and ability. We are not athletic but hiked over 25 miles last week with a new steep or alpine trail everyday with a rest day to prepare for this one. Enjoy!

hiking
7 days ago

Pretty hike with a variety of terrain. You’ll get a workout at the end but very doable. We started at 7:30am and the trailhead was full but we were able to park at the first pullout. The big falls were gorgeous and we saw tons of cutthroats at Fern Lake plus a mama and baby grouses (ptarmigans?) on the way back. Go early and deep to avoid the crowds (the Pool was jam packed at noon).

Wonderful hike, breathtaking views. Challenging climbing up the waterfall but so worth it!

Do not disregard the need for bug spray! Literally no other review is even needed, just bring bug spray!!!

Other than that, best and most beautiful hike I’ve ever been on. Not too difficult, but it takes awhile. We got lost for the 1st hour due to some confusion with the signs, but it took us 6 hours total. 10 + miles and 25,000+ steps!

Beautiful hike. Loved all the wildflowers and the beautiful columbine fields. The waterfalls from Chasm lake falling into Peacock lake were stunning.

A bit crowded when we were there on a Saturday but a great hike for kids or older folks. We passed these falls on the trail to Loch Lake.

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