Rocky Mountain National Park
Part D - Hike to Alberta Falls

Elk Meadow Lodge and RV Resort - Estes Park, Colorado - Altitude: 7,786 feet.
August 13-15
2007 Fall Trip - 10 days and 1,707 miles into trip

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The Alberta Falls trail is 3.2 miles round trip.
As mentioned earlier, it rains almost every afternoon this time of year. The park is
so large it is possible to have rain in one part and sunshine in another. When we
decide to hike to Alberta Falls we knew that the rain was coming but we were
hoping to get to the falls and back before it arrived. We did not make it!

Near the start of the trailhead. The trail was flat and dry.

There is a cool breeze but it feels good while hiking.
We can see the dark storm on the other side of the mountian.

Why are we always walking up hill!
The river water is cold and inviting to drink.

Alberta Falls.
You can't tell from the picture, but it is pouring, thunder, and lightning.
Mom took one look and headed back because of the lightning.
I climbed to the top of the falls and then went back to catch up with her.
There is one rain drop on the lens near the bottom of the falls.

Its really pouring. Many rain drops on the lens.

This Mule Deer doesn’t mind the rain.
Notice the green earrings? They are NP ID tags- one in each ear.
We had plans to hike to Bear Lake after returning from Alberta Falls.
It is just over that ridge but we decide to cancel due to rain.
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