Family Summer Trip Day 3 - RMNP Alberta Falls
Our plan was to make the short hike up to Alberta Falls. We had heard there was a lot of snow in the area, but figured that the low elevation of Alberta Falls and the warm weather they had experienced recently, that there would not be an issue with snow pack. We were badly mistaken. Within about 200 yards, we ran upon our first patch of snow/ice and we were on and off it all the way up.
My kids decided they didn't need to wear their hiking shoes, since this was going to be a short, easy hike. This would make traversing the snow a bit of a challenge for my oldest boy. My daughter opted for her Keen Newport H2 sandals. Her feet got a bit cold. My two youngest just enjoyed slipping and sliding and stabbing the snow with the trekking poles.
We made the trek back down to the trail head safe and sound and everyone enjoyed the hike. If you have about 3 hours and your looking for a nice short hike with great scenery, I'd highly recommend the Alberta Falls trail. Don't expect to get much solitude, as "short" and "easy" translate to "busy", but it's worth hiking in company because it is gorgeous. Plan to spend some time sitting by the falls. There's a lot of great places to sit and have some snacks and just enjoy the rushing sounds. I will often record the falls just for the sounds. Here's a short video I took of the falls. Enjoy.