Thing to Do

Hike Alberta Falls

a waterfall flows over a rocky cliff
Alberta Falls

NPS Photo / Kim Grossman

  • Distance: 1.2 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 160 feet
  • Type of Trail: Out & Back, Easy

Glacier Creek thunders down this spectacular waterfall that ranks as one of the park's more popular hiking destinations.

From the Glacier Gorge Trailhead, Alberta Falls is a well-traveled, beautiful hike. At 1.2 miles round trip with 160 feet of elevation gain this trail is a great option for hikers of all abilities. Pass through aspen groves, pine forest and overlooks on the way to this scenic 30-foot waterfall thundering into Glacier Creek.

The rock slabs are an excellent spot to enjoy a relaxing picnic – but be wary of critters! Animals that learn people are a source of food can become aggressive or stop hunting or foraging on their own. Keep your distance - it's the law! You could be hurt or issued a fine. Continue along this trail to The Loch, Mills Lake, Lake Haiyaha, or Black Lake – all gorgeous hikes!

Note: Due to the popularity of this hike, you might want to consider taking the free shuttle from the Park-and-Ride during summer. The hike is also accessible via Bear Lake, adding about a mile to the total hike.

Details

Pets are prohibited on all trails in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

From May 27 to October 10, 2022, Park Access + Bear Lake Road Timed Entry Permit Reservations are requied to access destinations along the Bear Lake Road corridor, from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Timed Entry Permit Reservations are only available to be booked through https://www.recreation.gov/timed-entry/10086910. One Timed Entry Permit Reservation is $2.00 and non-refundable.

A Timed Entry Permit will cover one vehicle and all passengers in the vehicle.

To learn more, visit the park's Timed Entry Permit Reservation webpage at https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/timed-entry-permit-system.htm

Accessibility Information
This trail is not paved. The trail is rugged with an elevation gain of 160 feet.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Last updated: July 13, 2022