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

August 15, 2010 Comments (8) 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

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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.

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Tips & Resources for Hiking to Alberta Falls :

  • Visitors and Vacationers: Alberta Falls is a great place to take visiting family and friends because it’s not too difficult, and you have a lot of options if you want to explore the park
  • Bring a Lunch: Getting this far into the park, even just driving, is quite a trip from the outside world. We suggest packing a lunch so that you can stay longer. And food just tastes better outside anyway.
  • Trail Map for Bear Lake Corridor: Trail Map
  • Rocky Mountain National Park Maps: Maps Link
  • Colorado Road Conditions: Colorado Road Conditions
  • After the Hike: Poppy’s Pizza


Map & Driving Directions

Click for Driving Directions

8 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.

  4. Angie says:

    Do u have to pay?!

  5. Yes. There is an access fee for Rocky Mountain National Park.

  6. Megan says:

    Does anyone know if dogs are allowed?

  7. Dogs are not allowed on the trails in the park.

  8. pan says:

    is this doable with small kids? 4&2 yo?

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