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Elves Chasm

Intermediate/Difficult

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1.2 mile 1.9 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 109' 33 m
Descent: -101' -31 m
High: 2,237' 682 m
Low: 2,160' 658 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 8% (4°)

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Trail shared by Megan W

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

Megan W

Features River/Creek · Waterfall

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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in South Rim

#259

in Arizona

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