Is it too soon to say “Take me back” because we loved this place.
Adam’s Falls is in Grand Lake and was on our list of places we must see before we came to Evergreen. We didn’t really know what to expect because what I read said that it was an easy, short hike (less than half a mile to the falls I believe). We always go into a hike with the mindset that even if it’s not all that wonderful and we don’t make it that far at least we were outside. Sometimes the kids whine the entire time but sometimes they are so enthusiastic and we get further than we expected. This hike we told them they would get to see a waterfall and they were pumped up. The whole way to the falls I was praying that it would live up to the hype we had created. I honestly wasn’t sure because it was such a short hike. Was it going to be too good to be true?
Nope, we were not let down.
Adam’s Falls is beautiful. I know that there are some huge, amazing waterfalls out there but for these kids who had never seen a waterfall up close, this was pretty amazing. This hike is in Rocky Mountain National Park (one of my favorites) and was well maintained. You could clearly see the trail and it was easy for the kids to climb all the steps. Once you get to the waterfall, they have a lookout point for you. I usually don’t like lookout points because they are always crowded and this trail was busier than the ones we usually take, but when you are out with two younger kids, it’s ideal. The nice thing about this lookout point is that you could go to the left and walk a little bit more along the trail and end up at an area of the falls where you can explore, walk into the creek, use the trees as balance beams, find bugs, have a picnic and hang out for a long time.
It started sprinkling on us about halfway through our hike. We had looked at the forecast before we left and brought rain jackets for the kids but forgot ours at home. No one seemed to mind a little rain though.
Olivia got a hold of the selfie stick again and I ended up with about 70 pictures of her face on my camera roll. You can see in these pictures how well the trail is maintained which makes it great for kids.
We spent the majority of our time right by the creek. When it started raining we found a spot under the trees and had a snack.
I love when I do something that the kids think is crazy, like standing on rocks in the creek. The water wasn’t deep and I was close to the shore but to them it seemed like I was in the middle of the creek and I would float away if I slipped. Gray is my more cautious child. He weighs out the risks before he does anything and he really didn’t want to get his socks wet. It took him some convincing to stand on those rocks with me. Olivia is usually down for whatever. Once she saw Grayson out there she had to be a part of it too. Of course, in true Olivia fashion she couldn’t just stand out there.
We saw these fallen trees and naturally had to use them as a balance beam.
And always the center of attention, Olivia had to give us her impression of an unicorn.
Our only regret about this place is that we wish we had more time to spend there. We waited until we were about to leave for Evergreen before we went but if we had known we would love it so much it definitely would have been a multiple visit hike. It gives us something to look forward to in the future though because we will be back. We could have wandered those trails for hours. It’s places like this that draw us to Colorado.