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Elves Chasm

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Length

1.2 Miles 1.9 Kilometers


Elevation

109' 33 m

Ascent

-101' -31 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

8%

Max Grade (4°)

2,237' 682 m

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2,160' 658 m

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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
Boulder, CO
Nick Wilder   Boulder, CO  
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
This trail doesn't necessarily change much in elevation but it is still brutal. Lost of climbing over or around boulders with lots of potential to get scrapped or cut up. It is a hard hike. I've done it a few times. The waterfalls at the end more than make up for it though. Definitely worth the effort. Apr 13, 2018

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