Alberta Falls Hike at Rocky Mountain National Park - Day Hikes Near Denver

August 15, 2010 Comments (3) About 90 Min, best winter hikes colorado, fall colors, hikes near estes park, Medium, Mountain Range Views, Rocky Mountain National Park, visiting family friends, Waterfall Hikes, Waterfalls

Alberta Falls Hike at Rocky Mountain National Park

alberta falls rocky mountain national park

Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park is full of waterfalls and this hike takes you to one of the most accessible waterfalls in the park. Alberta Falls is one of the most popular, short destination hikes in the park, and for good reason. If you only have time for one short hike on the East Side of RMNP, this is a great choice.

To get to Alberta Falls, park at at the Bear Lake Trailhead (see google directions below), then follow the signs south for Glacier Gorge and Alberta Falls. The waterfall is .8 miles down the trail from the parking area, make this a 1.6 mile out-and-back hike. Start early and hike the full 2.8 miles of trail in to stunning Mills lake inside Glacier Gorge.

Trail Snapshot: Alberta Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park

  • Hike Distance: 1.6 miles (RT)
  • Denver Drive Time: 2hrs
  • Difficulty:Medium
  • Duration: 1hr
  • Activities: Picnicking, Hiking Trails, Snowshoing
  • Dogs: Prohibited in the Park
  • Town Nearest Hike: Estes Park, Colorado
  • Directions: Click for Google Map
  • Trail Type: Out & Back
  • Seasons: Spring thru Fall
  • Beauty: Sub-Alpine Lake, Mountain Views, Wildlife: Abert’s Squirrel, Elk, Bear
  • Trail Map for Alberta Falls: Click Here
  • Fee: Park Pass Required

Tips & Resources for Hiking to Alberta Falls :


Estes Park, CO
71% humidity
wind: 4mph W
H 77 • L 48

Map & Driving Directions

Click for Driving Directions

3 Responses to Alberta Falls Hike at Rocky Mountain National Park

  1. Carrie says:

    Does anyone know if this hike can be done in winter? Late Feb? Are ground conditions ok? Ever any water flowing?

  2. Carrie, much depends on the weather. Having been up to the falls during different seasons, it has always been flowing. However, your best bet is to check the trail conditions at RMNP via this link:
    or contact the visitor line at 970-586-1206

  3. Laura says:

    Thank you for your reply to Carrie. The link for trail conditions was exactly what I needed. I appreciate the information.

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