Adams Falls

Estes Park, Colorado 80511

Adams Falls

Adams Falls Professional Review and Guide

"This is likely the most popular hike in the Grand Lake vicinity.

East Inlet is at the West Portal, confusing to those uninitiated to water demands in Colorado. The inlet is where a creek enters the east side of Grand Lake; the West Portal of Adams Tunnel reverses the flow to east of the Continental Divide. You will not encounter this confusion again, so just ignore it. Adams Falls is an easy stroll along the initial stretch of the East Inlet Trail.

Lucky coincidence oriented the falls so that the spray of falling water often refracts rainbows in sunny weather. To see a rainbow, orient yourself to view the falls with the sun at your back."

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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
90 minutes
8,391 feet
Trailhead Elevation
8,470 feet
Top Elevation
Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242,
Local Contacts
USGS Shadow Mountain; Trails Illustrated Rocky Mountain National Park
Local Maps

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Jul 2018