When we went to Denver in July, we knew we wouldn’t have tons of time to get in all the scenery we wanted. We did have a day though. We debated between Rocky Mountain National Park and Garden of the Gods. Both were roughly the same distance from Denver. Mom and I hadn’t been to either in years, but my sister was at Garden of the Gods last year, so Rocky Mountain won.
We ended up doing one small trek to see Alberta Falls. It’s an eight of a mile from the parking lot at the Glacier Gorge trailhead to the falls and the elevation change is only about 200 feet. Easy peasy. Should have been anyways. We somehow missed the sign to take a left towards the falls and continued on the trail. It was basically all uphill. I’m not in the best shape, but I know I can do that. We were just walking, rather quickly, but that’s how I always walk. I though I was going to die. The elevation kicked my ass. Did I mention the elevation started at 9,200? Then we ended up at another trail head and were extremely confused. So, we turned around and went back. Thankfully it was downhill this time and I didn’t almost die again.
We saw the sign for the falls then. In our defense, it was turned so you couldn’t really see it from the way we came originally. Oh well. Extra exercise never hurt anyone. It was an easy walk to the falls from there. I don’t know exactly how tall the falls are. Google wasn’t helpful with that. This is one of the more popular treks at the park. I guess I’m not alone in my like of waterfalls.
After this, we took the long way back to Estes Park to get in as much scenery as possible. Then we shopped for t-shirts for everyone in our family.