Alberta Falls

Estes Park, Colorado

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The deservedly popular hike to Alberta Falls leads to one of the most frequently photographed waterfalls in Rocky Mountain National Park. No one turns off a faucet at Alberta Falls. Winter, however, does much reduce Glacier Creek’s glorious gush through a granite chute. Such is human fascination with moving water that easy access on a well-designed trail makes Alberta Falls one of the park’s most popular hiking goals. Do not romp from rock to rock around the falls, at least one fatality has occurred here.
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by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

The deservedly popular hike to Alberta Falls leads to one of the most frequently photographed waterfalls in Rocky Mountain National Park. No one turns off a faucet at Alberta Falls. Winter, however, does much reduce Glacier Creek’s glorious gush through a granite chute.

Such is human fascination with moving water that easy access on a well-designed trail makes Alberta Falls one of the park’s most popular hiking goals. Do not romp from rock to rock around the falls, at least one fatality has occurred here.

© 2015 Kent Dannen/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 1.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 9,176 feet
Top Elevation: 9,400 feet
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242; www.nps.gov/romo
Local Maps: USGS McHenrys Peak; Trails Illustrated Longs Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Alberta Falls

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