Sunday, July 13, 2014

Alberta Falls - Rocky Mountain National Park - 7/12/14

After visiting Bear Lake, we hiked to Alberta Falls, about a mile from Bear Lake through beautiful forests. The waterfall is named after Alberta Sprague, the wife of Abner Sprague, one of the original settlers in Estes Park in the 1870s.

If you are taking the ride & hike shuttle, you can access the trail to Alberta Falls from either Bear Lake or the Glacier Basin parking lot. See the map in our Bear Lake post for a map of the trails in the area or check out the RMNP website (below).

Along the trail there are mixed pine forests and aspen groves, both beautiful. There were amazing rock formations and cliffs all along the trail.

We continue to see lots of these cute little chipmunks in the park.

The 30-foot waterfall thunders down a small gorge on Glacier Creek.

We loved this hike, although it did starting raining (as the weather here is so unpredictable)!  We were, of course, prepared and had ponchos (and plenty of water and CLIF bars for the hike).

Admission to Rocky Mountain National Park is $20 per vehicle per day (or an annual pass for $40). As I have mentioned in several posts, John has a Senior Pass that provides free admission to all National Park Service locations.


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