Glacier Gorge Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Larimer County and Boulder County, Colorado. It is within Rocky Mountain National Park. It is 5.7 miles long and begins at 9,177 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,581 feet. The Glacier Gorge Junction parking and Glacier Gorge Trailhead and another information board are near the trailhead. There are also restrooms, benches, and a recycling. The Glacier Gorge (elevation 10,000 feet) camp site can be seen along the trail. There are also bare rocks, an information guidepost, and a wetland along the trail.
Glacier Gorge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Eight unique falls from five water sources grace the trail in Glacier Gorge, Rocky Mountain National Park. At Alberta Falls, Glacier Creek gushes over boulders in a powerful horsetail, fills a punchbowl, and cascades past the trail. The creek flows just as strong at Glacier Falls, in segments hidden below the trail in a deep and steep-walled chasm. At higher altitudes, enjoy views of “Shelf Falls” and “Solitude Falls.” These waterfalls are hung high in the cliffs between 12,668-foot Thatchtop and 12,660 foot Arrowhead, are fed by Solitude and Shelf Lakes and Shelf Creek, and spill over the mountainside in segmented horsetails."
--Susan Joy Paul, Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado (Falcon Guides).
"The Rocky Mountains are a consequence of a little understood subterranean force that began pushing up the earth’s crust in western North America some 65 million years ago-about the same time the age of the dinosaurs was coming to an end. The land continued to rise for the next 60 million years before reaching its present height, but the initial uplift marked only the first phase in the formation of the Colorado Rockies. Nature’s real artistry began about 3 million years ago with the onset of the Ice Age. Since that time the Rocky Mountains have been encased in ice at least a half dozen times, and a succession of glaciations have gouged out valleys, cleaved off peaks, and excavated alpine lakes throughout the range. This sculpting process came to an end when the glaciers subsided some 10,000 years ago, and today a fine example of nature’s handiwork is preserved in the 409 square miles of Rocky Mountain National Park."
--David Day, Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing).
"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."
--Bob D Antonio, Hiking Colorado's Front Range (Falcon Guides).
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