Timberline Falls at Loch Vale

Estes Park, Colorado 80511

Timberline Falls at Loch Vale

Timberline Falls (at Loch Vale) Professional Guide

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"Melting snow from Taylor Glacier trickles north into Sky Pond, spills into Icy Brook and Lake of Glass, and plunges over cliffs at Loch Vale. Timberline Falls is a pictureperfect waterfall in a storybook setting, and one of the best in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The first section of this hike takes you into Glacier Gorge and past Alberta Falls, also described in the hike Glacier Gorge Trail Waterfalls. Follow signs to Alberta Falls, then
continue 1.3 miles past the falls, and take the right fork to get on the Loch Vale Trail. As you approach The Loch, Icy Brook cascades past the trail, and you’ll have great views of the brook and glimpses of 13,153-foot Taylor Peak at the southernmost switchbacks."

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"These falls are a gauzy strip of white hanging below ragged crags above The Loch. Timberline Falls was aptly named by Robert Sterling Yard, a journalist who wrote the first brochure to inform visitors about the newly established Rocky Mountain National Park. Yard was chief of the educational section of the National Park Service. The demarcation known as timberline wanders up and down at roughly 11,500 feet above sea level (varying according to exposure to wind and sun) in Rocky Mountain National Park." Read more

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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
5 hours
Rocky Mountain National Park, (970) 586-1206, www.nps.gov/romo
Local Contacts
DeLorme Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 29 C5; USGS Colorado Quad Map: McHenrys Peak
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Dec 2018