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Chasm Lake Trail

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A dichotomous trail leading to the renowned Chasm Lake.


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Map Key

0.9

Miles

1.4

KM

Point to Point

11,802' 3,597 m

High

11,527' 3,513 m

Low

310' 94 m

Up

35' 11 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

From its origin at a junction with Longs Peak Trail, this trail contours gently along the south face of Mills Moraine. The gentle positive grades give way to equally gentle negative grades before the trail shows its second, and much more drastic character.

After crossing the upper reaches of the Roaring Fork River, at roughly mile 0.7, this trail begins to climb very steeply. This short but strenuous pitch proves well worth the effort as you are quickly rewarded with the absurd views at Chasm Lake.

From the lakeshore, you'll be able to view the majestic "Diamond," one of the steepest and most iconic rock faces in Colorado. Located on the east face of Longs Peak, The Diamond rises roughly 900' straight up.

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Brian Smith

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  5.0 from 9 votes

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in Bear Lake

#290

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in Bear Lake

#66

in Colorado

#290

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Chasm Lake, Longs Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado with permission from Richard Ryer
Jan 14, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
A rather inquisitive pika.  Unusual considering they are pretty skittish
Aug 14, 2015 near Grand Lake, CO
Longs Peak and Mt Meeker
Jan 14, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Approaching the descent down to Chasm lake with Long's Peak looming above.
Nov 27, 2017 near Estes Park, CO
Chasm Lake Trail- Peacock Lake and Falls
Aug 27, 2016 near Estes Park, CO
Chasm Lake- 8/18/16
Aug 27, 2016 near Grand Lake, CO

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