Glacier Gorge

Estes Park, Colorado

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17 Reviews
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In my opinion this is the most beautiful spot in Rocky Mountain National Park. Spectacular scenery, beautiful wildflowers, cascading waterfalls, and beautiful alpine lakes are what you will find on your hike into Glacier Gorge. Bring along a fishing rod and a camera. Cross the road from the parking area to reach the trailhead. Go left, following the sign for Alberta Falls. Cross a bridge and ignore a trail on the right. Continue straight and enjoy easy hiking through a forest of aspens, spruce, and lodgepole pines. Cross over several bridges and climb to Alberta Falls. Step to the left and enjoy the spectacular waterfall, which has cut an impressive gorge with its forceful waters. Alberta Falls is a mere 0.6 mile from the trailhead and can be extremely crowded. Don’t worry, like most trails in the park, the farther away from the trailhead you get, the fewer people there are.
Hiking Colorado's Front Range

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Hiking Colorado's Front Range

by Bob D'Antonio (Falcon Guides)

In my opinion this is the most beautiful spot in Rocky Mountain National Park. Spectacular scenery, beautiful wildflowers, cascading waterfalls, and beautiful alpine lakes are what you will find on your hike into Glacier Gorge. Bring along a fishing rod and a camera.

Cross the road from the parking area to reach the trailhead. Go left, following the sign for Alberta Falls. Cross a bridge and ignore a trail on the right. Continue straight and enjoy easy hiking through a forest of aspens, spruce, and lodgepole pines. Cross over several bridges and climb to Alberta Falls. Step to the left and enjoy the spectacular waterfall, which has cut an impressive gorge with its forceful waters. Alberta Falls is a mere 0.6 mile from the trailhead and can be extremely crowded. Don’t worry, like most trails in the park, the farther away from the trailhead you get, the fewer people there are.

© 2012 Bob D'Antonio/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 9.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4 to 6 hours
Season: June to Oct
Local Contacts: Rocky Mountain National Park
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Rocky Mountain National Park #200
Driving Directions: Directions to Glacier Gorge

Recent Trail Reviews

6/13/2013
1

Loved the trail! Can see why it's so popular. Would definitely go back to explore more.


8/1/2011
1

This trail was simply wonderful. Lots and lots of waterfalls, beautiful creeks/rivers and the mtn. views were amazing. We sat by black lake and ate our lunch and a small herd of elk came meandering down to us, very, very close. It was a little busy at the beginning but as we went on, the crowds dissipated. Enjoy.


1/1/2011
0

Relaxing, Charming, Natural Trail; Enjoyed it very much.


6/1/2010
0

A must do hike! The mountains were beautiful and you won't see anything else like it. The waterfalls were crowded, with steady traffic on the trails. Lots of snow in June - wear layers! Very high elevations to start and you only go up so hydrate plenty.


9/25/2008
1

A spectacular hike. There are several waterfalls and lakes mixed in this hike into the mountains. The first half of the hike is moderate, the second half gets more strenous as you begin to make a significant elevation gain.



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