Denver June 30, 2016
Everyone In Denver Must Visit This Epic Waterfall As Soon As Possible
The short, gentle hike to Adams Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park near Grand Lake is an ideal family-friendly day trip from the Mile High City that’s accessible to all levels of hikers. Many of Colorado’s most breathtaking waterfalls are hidden deep in our state and national parks and often require long, strenuous treks that are difficult for most, making this beautiful waterfall near Denver (only about a two hour drive from the city) somewhat of a novelty. A roundtrip distance of less than a mile and a minimal amount of elevation gain with outstanding views of forests, meadows, lakes, streams, and more, makes the jaunt to Adams Falls a win for the whole family!
Begin your brief, beautiful journey at the East Inlet Trail on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Meander through a mixed forest of conifers and aspens on the East Inlet Trail, which was designed using naturalistic and sustainable local materials and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
After a short hike of about a third of a mile, you'll come to the Adams Falls overlook.
Adams Falls drops approximately 55 feet through a narrow rock gorge in a series of steps.
Continue on the trail past the first official overlook to the top of the falls for more breathtaking views...and perhaps a few butterflies in your stomach. Don't look down!
The trail then leads you along the relatively calm river (depending on the time of year), where you and your kiddos can frolic in the chilly waters, refuel with a picnic, or simply enjoy respite and a good read beneath a shade tree.
This is a great spot to explore the cascades, test your photographic prowess, and play around with shutter speeds.
If you start your hike in the early morning hours, you're much more likely to have the advantage of seeing local wildlife and reveling in a bit of solitude. (And be sure to hike past the initial overlook to lose the crowds and experience a little extra Rocky Mountain beauty).
If you continue on the trail just about a quarter to half a mile, you'll reach the lovely East Meadow.
Here at the confluence of the East Inlet Creek and Echo Creek, you'll have the opportunity to see more local wildlife, namely moose (and again, your chances are best at dawn).
In the summer you can also enjoy a wide variety of vibrant, happy little wildflowers that inhabit the expansive meadow.
Take one last glorious look at Mt. Craig before continuing down the trail to Adams Falls and reconnecting to the East Inlet Trail where you'll enjoy views of the Rockies and Grand Lake in the distance.
After your hike, head into the quaint, friendly town of Grand Lake, where there are plenty of additional activities, restaurants, and shops to experience. This little gem has so much to offer, you may even choose to stay the night at one of their hotels, lodges, cabins, or campsites.
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