Chasm Lake is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, CO that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, birding, horses, and snowshoeing and is accessible from June until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Take Hyw. 7 out of Lyons to Longs Peak trailhead.
Beautiful view. Well worth the hike and navigation through snow and ice at the end.
Well worth the strain at the end. Snow and ice on the final vertical climb.
Great hike. The views of longs peak above the lake are awesome. Good trail and a good workout.
I did this hike Sunday 18-Sep-2016.
I arrived at the trailhead at 0445 and there were about 6 spots left. If you are hiking before the sun comes up I would 100% recommend a headlamp. However, there were a few hikers I came across who were not using headlamps.
After you emerge from the trees, you are in a pretty bare alpine tundra. This day, the wind was absolutely insane, even before the sun rose and on my way down. I did not bring gloves - which I regret. But a beanie stayed securely on my head with my headlamp holding it in place. The wind nearly knocked me over quite a few times and I felt like I was hiking through cement on the ascent.
The first lake you see down below is NOT Chasm. Keep pushing.
Take note that it is fairly easy to lose the trail to the lake once you get in sight of the Privy by the ranger station. The trail continues to the right of the Privy, and you scramble up a lot of rocks to get to the other side.
The hike was challenging for me due to the wind, but the views were well worth it. Sunrise was one of the most beautiful sites I've seen in a while. I am only giving the trail/hike 4 stars because the trail gets wonky at some parts, but nothing is perfect :)
The trailhead starts at the longs peak trailhead and you follow this trail for most of the day. I got to the trailhead at 6:30 and the lot was already full so I would plan on going early or waiting till later in the morning when some People are coming down. For some reason today the wind was intense, sunny skies but so windy it was literally blowing me away. Once you get near the lake it is difficult to see where the trail goes, I ended up scrambling over rocks on the side of the lake instead of in front of it but still very beautiful. Make sure you wear something warm with a hood and gloves in case of the wind.
Fun day hike that offers a steady push through the legs and lungs and delivers fantastic views. Weather can change rather quickly so highly recommend bringing along ultra lite rain cover...just in case.
Gorgeous hike just under 10 miles round trip. We arrived at sunrise, 6:30 am and had to park a bit down the road as the lot was full. The entire hike was beautiful as the terrain varies through trees at the start, then a tundra hillside with wildflowers and grasses and lastly along a stunning ridge line to the lake. If you're not going to summit Longs Peak, this is the perfect hike to see the peak up close. The lake has plenty of space to picnic and take pictures. Biggest marmot I've ever seen chilling up at the lake. Great hike to bring out of town visitors that want a longer hike. Wildflowers mainly done for the season.
I really loved this hike. Once you get above the tree-line the views are gorgeous, and they get better once you get to the chasm and the lake(s). I got to the lake in 2 hours but I was moving pretty fast. Coming back down isn't too bad but can be very slippery if it rained. One of the best hikes I've done in CO so far.
This is one of the best hikes all around. Fantastic scenery and odors in the alpine forest as you start out with streams and waterfalls. Once you clear the tree line the views are breathtaking all the way to the top. For a 4 to five hour hike there and back that isn't too difficult or demanding it's well worth the effort.
Awesome views of Long's Peak and surrounding mountains, plus multiple lakes and waterfalls towards to end.
Water spigot at the trailhead, and a privy just before rock scramble to Chasm Lake. If you're getting there past early morning, plan on parking along side of the road (there's a decent amount of space). Many people stopped around Peacock Pool, but trail continues on. Once you get above the treeline, wind picks up.
This was my favorite hike so far in Colorado. Got there at 10:50, and had to park down the road from the parking lot. Only a 4-5 minute walk to the trailhead. Started at 11:15 and made it to the lake by 1:30. We then started back around 2:00, made it to the trail head by 4:15. Th rock scramble that people talk about is not difficult. It's fun! If you are able to walk the 4ish miles to get there, then you are more than athletic enough to get up to the lake. We had a perfect day. Clouds never rolled in. The views are incredible once you are into the alpine tundra. You will see lots of little waterfalls along the way! This hike is a must do.
We lucked out and had beautiful weather. Definitely a hike worth doing. We started at 12:30pm, reached the lake around 3pm, and hung out for a bit before heading back. Round trip took us 5 hours. Next time we'll be sure to get there sooner so we have more time to enjoy the lake. Happy hiking!
First hike in Colorado, absolutely amazing!