Alberta Peak Trail Map (click here)
Length: 2.9 miles one way 5.8 miles roundtrip.
Elevation Stats: Elevation Gain 1,007ft (10,863 ft to 11,870 ft) with ascent 1,067 ft and descent 60
Trail Facilities: Just a large parking lot.
Trail Summary: A very popular hike with great views of Wolf Creek Ski Area and Archuleta lake. The trails starts just east of the Great Continental Divide Display. The trail is a section of the Continental Divide Trail # 813. Hike across the meadow and cross the bridge on the other side of it. Then turn left immediately after the bridge and stay left going up through the trees. The trail switchbacks up through the conifer forest for the first mile, with the Wolf Creek Ski area on your left and often a rocky talus slope on your right, referred to as “the Rock Garden”. At the top of the ridge, keep right as the trail enters the trees again. Along here you will see a trail going off to the right, downhill this is the Treasure Pass trail. At 2.1 miles the trail emerges from the trees and contours around the top of a steep bowl to your right. From here there are views down into the East Fork Valley. The trail will then bear left and come out on top of a ridge that is the top of the ski area. Follow the trail across the ridge to the base of Alberta Peak . The CDT goes around the peak to the right but the peak may be summited by scrambling up its rocky slope to the top at 11,870 ft elevation. The summit provides a great lunch spot with unbelievable views in all directions.
Options: Because this hike is part of the CDT it is possible to extend it to any length desired.
Driving Directions to Trailhead: From Forest Service Office on Highway 160 head east on 160 for 22.9 miles till you reach top of Wolf Creek Pass. The large parking lot will be on the left next to Continental Divide Display sign.
Driving Direction Map (click here)