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.


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

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Glacier Gorge Jct.

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 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

Year Round
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