Elves Chasm

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1.2 Miles 1.9 Kilometers


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109' 33 m

Ascent

-101' -31 m

Descent

2,237' 682 m

High

2,160' 658 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

8%

Max Grade (4°)

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This braided path next to the Colorado River ends at beautiful and enchanting Elves Chasm waterfall.

Megan W

Overview

Features: River/Creek — Waterfall
Dogs: No Dogs

Description

Getting to Elves Chasm via this riverside trail is quite a bit more time consuming than the mileage would suggest. From the beach at Toltec drainage, head west (downstream) following several hundred feet up the riverbank. There is a fair bit of boulder hopping and tough scrambling to do- some people are glad for leather gloves here. Upon entering the Royal Arch Creek drainage that houses Elves Chasm, you have a bit more slippery slithering and climbing to do, but it is all worthwhile.

Elves Chasm is a lovely, shaded grotto with a waterfall. Its emerald colored pool is perfect for swimming on a hot day. There is a cave-like climb up into the waterfall and a spot that people jump from, but this can be treacherous unless you have an experienced guide to point the way. (note: there are reports of high fecal content in the water and definitely a lot of unwashed bodies swim here, so filter and treat if you must drink this water.)

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Nick Wilder
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Nick Wilder   The Bubble  
Jumping off the rock walls into the pool is a blast! One of the highlights of any river trip, or at the end of a long hike. Jul 9, 2015

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