This hike to Chasm Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park begins from the Endovalley Picnic Area in Horseshoe Park, located just west of Estes Park. If you have plans to spend several days in Rocky Mountain National Park and you are a hiker, this is one of the best trails to put on your to-do list. Above the tree line we saw a moose grazing at a distance. Longs Peak's iconic 'Diamond' rises 2456' above this striking alpine lake. As we crossed over the ridge into the main canyon that lead down from Chasm Lake we were treated to our first views of Columbine Falls feeding into Peacock Pond below us and a full view of Longs Peak above us. So it's easy to get to. Chasm Lake is located 4.2 miles from the Longs Peak Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park. You still have another uphill mile or more until you reach Chasm Junction. Not a bad spot to stop and eat. Chasm Lake is a 8.4 mile round trip … This elevation is all the more impressive considering the lake already sits at 11,803 feet. It was a gorgeous trail! › Rocky Mountain National Park › Chasm Lake Chasm Lake › Photos Photos This is one of my favorite hikes I've ever done. Chasm Lake - 8.4 Miles Round-Trip. Not doing these things could mean massive problems part way through the hike. Trail is mostly packed down so didn’t have to get my micros out. definitely layer up because the wind gusts are pretty heavy at times and it's cold. Get Here. Simply park along the road and walk uphill to the ranger station. This trail contours gently along the south face of Mills Moraine providing excellent views below of Peacock Pool and Columbine Falls along the Roaring Fork river. It fills a deep cirque carved from the base of Mt Meeker (13,911'), Longs Peak (14,259') and Mount Lady Washington (13,281'). There are … 2-4" of snow after trail goes off to Ypsilon Lake. Once you're out of the trees the trail opens up and enters the alpine zone. There is a privy there if needed. Inside the park, you’ll have the chance to take short hikes or simply relax. When snow lingers, ascend and descend carefully – do not slide. Trail Attributes. After the junction you go downhill for a bit, and then have to scramble up a ~150 rockfall to reach the lake. accident. Chasm Lake is in the cirque just ahead. This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in the United States. I used spikes just to have a little more traction but they are not really essential. Sorry, there are no tours or activities available to book online for the date(s) you selected. To access Chasm Lake, start from the Longs Peak Trailhead off of Highway 7. Simpl, It's not a hard hike, but it is pretty long and at elevation. Longs Peak's iconic 'Diamond' rises 2,456' above this placid alpine lake. Chasm Lake on 10 October 2012 with Reiner Chasm Lake is located 4.2 miles from the Longs Peak Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park. Please ignore the bad recording at I drove home, was simply trying to mark the pack we found in case it was lost. The frozen lake is magical. Once you get above tree line, it’s a little bit hard to find the trail so the downloaded map was helpful. The trail to the lake was hard to see because of the wind and snow. Take your time and follow the cairns. Trail is fantastic. Afternoon showers are common in the Rockies so be prepared if not starting early. Estes Cone via Eugena Mine and Longs Peak Trail, The Keyhole and Longs Peak via Longs Peak Trail, Lookout Mountain and Horsetooth Peak [CLOSED], Wind River, Storm Pass, Sprague Lake, and Glacier Creek Loop, Sandbeach Trailhead to Bierstadt Lake Trailhead [CLOSED], Keplinger Lake from Sandbeach Lake Trailhead [CLOSED], Copeland Falls from Sandbeach Lake Trailhead [CLOSED]. Just beyond a Park Service patrol cabin, the trail disappears in the rock slabs, but Chasm Lake Trail 1 by Andrew Marjama, on Flickr Chasm Lake Trail 2 by Andrew Marjama, on Flickr A little further up the trail. An old road, which leads along the southern edge of the chasm, offers occasional spectacular views and a very pleasant experience of dry pine and fir forest. Just wanted to add that if anyone wants to shorten their morning hike there is a backcountry campsite along the Longs Peak trail. The trail climbs. Climb is consistent and gentle, very easy. If anyone lost a polaroid photo on the trail, we put it on the brown cabinet at the trailhead. Bring goggles if it's windy, I didn't and I definitely regretted that. There is a privy there if needed. We went on Sept 4th and it took us 6.5 hrs up and back. I took hiking poles and wore hiking boots but my friend wore tennis shoes and did not have poles. Featured Routes. Unless you arrive well before sunrise you will probably not get a parking space in the lot during the summer. Unless you arrive well before sunrise you will probably not get a parking space in the lot during the summer. There's only one fork in the trail. I don't think they're necessary but I liked having them. As others have stated, trail is a bit hard to find above tree line, but you can find your way. The Boulder Field and Long's Peak trail heads right and Chasm Lake heads left. From the junction the Chasm Lake Trail travels southwest along the wall of a deep gorge that offers birds-eye views of Peacock Pool and Columbine Falls as you proceed towards the lake. For the first part of the hike, you will walk the same trail as the hikers on their way to Longs Peak, the highest point in the hike. The trail climbs steadily uphill and in the forest for the first 2.0 to 2.5 miles or so. This hike is a long, gradual climb of almost 2,500' and 9 miles out and back. Nestled against the granite wall that forms the Eastern face of Longs Peak, pristine Chasm Lake is a truly spectacular sight to behold. Even above treeline some areas get icy, snowy, and windblown. Rappelling at the Chasm. To actually get to the lake will require you to climb up some boulders. The wind was whipping! The Boulder Field and Long's Peak trail heads right and Chasm Lake heads left. Not too hard of a hike at all. This park has informal hiking trails (generally following old roads – there are no signs to mark the routes). You'll see a lake to your left before you get to Chasm Lake (which will be on your right). One of the cool features is that this is the same trail for about half it's distance that many of the hikers take heading to Long's Peak. This intermediate level hike is highly trafficked, and is a common detour for those hiking Longs Peak.The well traveled trail rises steadily to the lake, but the views are worth the difficulty. Crazy wind today. About 3.5 miles from the Longs Peak Trailhead, the Chasm Lake Trail splits from the Longs Peak Trail and heads south. Beef Jerky that I smoked the previous day. Distance: 8.2 miles Starting Elevation: 9,400 feet Highest Elevation (Chasm Lake): 11,800 feet While a little nerve wracking, it is complete doable. Did this hike yesterday! Reservations for non-summer months can be made HERE: Make a Reservation. Don’t let the mileage deceive you – the Chasm Lake hike is a challenging trail that begins at 2743 m in elevation and is harder than it looks. 11/29/2020 Chasm Junction ... 11/25/2020 Lawn Lake Trail I went about 3 miles up the Lawn Lake trail beyond the wilderness campsites. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Saw a pack of bighorn sheep on the climb to the lake. I think I ate 3 bars and some jerky during the whole trip. Adventure Trail is open daily without reservations during the summer months (July 1st through Labor Day), or weekends during the fall. Chasm Lake is at N40 15.520' Latitude and W105 36.208' Longitude with an elevation of 11,760 ft. Chasm Lake is one of the most beautiful alpine lake in Colorado. Horses are also able to use this trail. Spikes aren't a need, but could help with traction on the snowpack. I never really had to use spikes. The terrain change is exciting (including. The snowpack near the lake had just melted at that point. NO WIND! Download the free Longs Peak topo map. To reach the trailhead drive 2.1 miles past the Fall River Entrance Station on Highway 34 and turn right onto Endovalley Road. Weather changes quickly, be prepared. Definitely be prepared with plenty of water and food. From the meadow, follow a trail that heads west, and scramble up a break in the rocks to reach the lake. Chasm Lake by Gordon S. Novak Jr. Chasm Lake is my favorite moderate hike in the Park. 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