Chasm Lake Trail

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

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Chasm Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Larimer County and Boulder County, Colorado. It is within Rocky Mountain National Park. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 11,539 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 669 feet. Near the end of the trail is an information guidepost.
Distance: mi Elevation: ft
Chasm Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Larimer County and Boulder County, Colorado. It is within Rocky Mountain National Park. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 11,539 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 669 feet. Near the end of the trail is an information guidepost.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Snowshoeing, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Rocky Mountain National Park
Distance: 0.8
Elevation Gain: 669 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 11,539 feet
Top Elevation: 11,806 feet
Additional Use: Skiing
Driving Directions: Directions to Chasm Lake Trail
Parks: Rocky Mountain National Park
Elevation Min/Max: 11515/11806 ft
Elevation Start/End: 11539/11539 ft

Chasm Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The journey to Chasm Lake can be a life-changing experience, infecting national park visitors with a perpetual passion for hiking."

"Chasm Lake lies nestled in a rocky alpine cirque below the towering summits of Longs Peak (14,255 feet) and Mount Meeker (13,911 feet), the two highest summits in Rocky Mountain National Park. The cirque is absolutely stunning and is one of the most beautiful spots in all of Colorado. Do this hike!

This hike starts at the very popular Longs Peak Trailhead. The trailhead is extremely busy during the summer months, and it is difficult to secure a parking spot during this time. Having hiked this trail at least fifteen times for climbing trips to the east face of Longs Peak, I recommend that you arrive early or do the hike during the week to increase your chances of getting a parking spot. The hike follows the Longs Peak Trail up through a dense coniferous forest on a well-maintained trail."

"Once you are above treeline you enjoy 360-degree views that include Longs Peak and Mount Meeker as well as Twin Sisters. The lake is in a magnificent setting with the heights of the Loft between Meeker and Longs soaring above. Hiking this early in the season before Longs Peak is accessible to climbers means far fewer crowds."

"The Chasm Lake Trail provides a classic above-treeline adventure.You will enjoy alternating views of Longs Peak, Mount Meeker,Mount Lady Washington, Twin Sisters, and Estes Cone. The trail begins below treeline as it winds through a spruce forest, then opens into an alpine meadow.Next, it traverses through an alpine wetland, complete with waterfalls, to finally summit at the tarn known as Chasm Lake.

Hikers are treated to the comical antics of the marmot population, while ground squirrels, pikas, ptarmigans, and various songbirds are almost-guaranteed wildlife sightings. On occasion, you may share the trail with a pair of llamas, as the park rangers use these sturdy pack animals to restock."

"“Wow!!” comes to mind as a ?tting description for this popular hike! The trail winds up through lodgepole pine forest, then climbs through limber pines and krummholz to the alpine tundra. On clear days, you can see for miles across the eastern plains. Longs Peak, Mount Meeker, and Mount Lady Washington loom to the southwest.

Along the shelf trail, Peacock Pool, Columbine Falls, and colorful wild?owers captivate your eyes. Chasm Lake, snuggled beneath the shear East Face of Longs Peak, can’t be beat for scenic beauty. Glaciers quarried and sculpted this gorgeous land through which you hike."

Recent Trail Reviews

7/27/2013
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One of the most popular hikes near RMNP. We started early, leaving the trail head at 7am so that we could avoid crowds. It's a beautiful hike, and we were down back in the car by noon.


7/9/2007
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A great half day hike, beginning under cover of pine trees and ascending into the alpine tundra. I would call the difficulty level easy to moderate due to the nice switchbacks and well defined rocky steps. If you come from sea level like me, and you feel like you can't breathe after the first 500 feet, take it easy and keep going, that rocky mountain high will carry you the rest of the way!


7/13/2004
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6/10/2004
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We tried this route yesterday (June 9); not too arduous and some beautiful views, not only west toward the "Diamond" and Long's peak but also to the North and back Eastward to view the Estes Cone and Twin Sisters formations. There are still a few snowfields along the way and hiking poles are useful. When you get almost to the lake there is a large and treacherous snowfield which almost no one wanted to attempt as it was quite slippery and one could slide all the way down the the waterfall going to Peacock pool. This is the largest we have ever seen this snowfield at this time of year and it could be a few weeks yet before it is safe to cross here. At a very modest pace it took us just over 4 hours round trip. Bill



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