Glacier Gorge

Estes Park, Colorado 80511

Glacier Gorge

Glacier Gorge Professional Review and Guide

"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.

Dogs are not permitted."

Glacier Gorge Reviews

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5/31/2018
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5/26/2018
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6/13/2013
Loved the trail! Can see why it's so popular. Would definitely go back to explore more.
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8/1/2011
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.
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1/1/2011
Relaxing, Charming, Natural Trail; Enjoyed it very much.
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6/1/2010
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.
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9/25/2008
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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8/19/2008
This was my very first backpacking experience years ago. I absolutely loved and and have wanted to return ever since. There are some truly breathtaking views up there! It is a really amazing trail.
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7/30/2008
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6/11/2007
As a totally blind hicker, i went with a sited guide. this was a easy access trailhead from a parking lot. well maintained trail and easy walking even for a blind person. great sounds and wonderful smells. it took 28 minutes to the falls and 19 minutes back to trailhead. i would recommend it to everyone even persons with site issues. GREAT WALK
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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
9.6
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
4 to 6 hours
Duration
June to Oct
Season
Fishing, Camping
Additional Use
Waterfalls, Wildflowers
Features
Rocky Mountain National Park
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Rocky Mountain National Park #200
Local Maps