My Favorite - John Gilbert


Alberta Falls

Alberta Falls Trail is a 2.2 mile round trail moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Horses are also able to use this trail. The trail winds through aspen forest, where there are many sunny outlooks and vantage points of the gorge.

I started the trail at Bear Lake and hiked down about a 5/10 of a mile before coming to a Y intersection. Going to the right was the trailhead to Alberta Falls and was an additional 6/10 of a mile. Going left for 3/10 of a mile took you to the Glacier Gorge Trailhead and parking lot. Because it had snowed and the snow had turned to slush and ice made for an interesting hike.

Alberta Falls was named by Abner Sprague and his wife, early residents of the park who named many of the landmarks in their backyard - now Rocky Mountain National Park. Alberta Falls is one of the most prominent waterfalls in the park and can be glimpsed from the trail to Lake Odessa from Bear Lake.


From Colorado 2017