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Alberta Falls Awakened

Alberta Falls - Glacier Gorge Trail - Rocky Mountain National Park.

The white stuff on the ground is not snow .. it is hail ..

I have posted so many "melted water" images I thought this would be almost avant-gard : ) .. I do like the raw power of the spring snow melt off seen this way

(although I probably will get some slow shutter ones of this fall up eventually ... My attempts at it last summer were too crowded and on the day it was empty it was just too bright).

This is a special place for me. I proposed to my wife (Rachel) here .. on a summer morning .. this was actually taken on our anniversary ...

we both felt being hailed on at the place I proposed was an all to appropriate analogy : )

.. Rachel's a violinist .. she has been in Los Angeles (1500 miles away) 3 days a week since September .. she got back this morning .. so an image of Spring ..

Spring comes late to the higher elevations in the mountains .. These falls are at 9400 feet (2865 meters)

Alberta Falls is one of a number of wondrous places found on a hike from the Glacier Gorge trailhead. If you continue from here up the mountain and then across a ravine you can take one fork into Glacier Gorge and onto Mills Lake and another up the vale to The Loch
. This is one of the true "must see" trail systems in the park and is often crowded.

To reach Alberta Falls take the Bear Lake Road to the Glacier Gorge Trailhead. The falls are about 0.8 miles up the trail. They used to be 0.6 miles up the trail but they reworked the Glacier Gorge trailhead and added some distance. It is an easy (in summer anyway) paved trail. Due to the short hike Alberta Falls is often crowded.

Rocky Mountain National Park is built around hiking as the primary activity. A great guide to hiking Rocky Mountain National Park is The Explore Rocky Trail Guide I believe put together originally by wonderful Colorado photographer Jesse Speer.

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