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Absolutely amazing!!

Beautiful view with the snow and lake. Highly recommend spikes.

4 days ago

Spikes only needed on 3/17

Spikes are definitely needed, hiking sticks come in handy as well. Bundle/layer up for sure and enjoy the beauty that is Chasm lake, so worth the climb!!!

Short bit difficult; went in March (3/14/18) and very icy. Made harder and less fun. Want to go back

I definitely recommend crampons/shoe spikes!! Very necessary. Very steep slick icy spots still, saw multiple people slip! It’s totally worth the incline up!!!

Beautiful lake.

Microspikes were definitely helpful, but snowshoes are probably overkill now. We had no problem making it to the lake with just spikes. The snow was only not packed down right near the lake

10 days ago

Steady climb but easy pace and well trafficked. Nice reward at the top.

Icy, but beautiful & worth the effort.

Don’t let the trailhead fool you! The path gets extremely(!!) steep and slick. Even with crampons it was tough! Saw lots of people attempting it with Converse/Nikes/Keds and slipping or having to just slide down. Many people turning back halfway too. Ice spikes are a must!

Great hike did it yesterday 03-10 about 3 Miles round trip.. beautiful lake the water was just as pristine as u can imagine and waterfall .. the trail is somewhat doable without micro spikes but highly recommend them because a few places were pretty slippery

Make sure to wear ice spikes! Can be pretty slippery. Great views and a great hiking workout - uphill madness!

Fun hike, needed my microspikes. Trail was snow packed and ice after the first 600 or so feet. People without traction devices were having lots of problems. Beautiful ice on the falls. Crystal clear water. I will definitely be back in the spring.

Gorgeous winter hike. Tough with the extra mileage due to the road closure. Definitely bring snow shoes.

20 days ago

It is an amazing and beautiful hike to Hanging Lake. This trail is heavily trafficked and the parking lot fills up really quickly. They have plenty of areas to rest on your way up and it’s almost all up hill. It can be difficult for anyone not from the area with the high altitude. The way down is easy, up is the only semi difficult part but worth it!!

23 days ago

I did this hike on 2/27, arrived at 8am and the lot was empty. I got to spend a nice 40 minutes or so alone at the top before anyone else showed up.

Trail was snow packed and icy most of the way, especially at the very top. Traction control highly recommended.

I did this hike on a February Tuesday and it wasn’t crowded at all. Even in the winter the hike was wonderful, with some ice on the falls. I just wish I had brought spikes or hiking poles! Places were very slippery.

24 days ago

Tried to do this hike a week ago. The snow was not packed at all unlike many of the other reviews. Our feet sunk in 3 feet with every step on the way up and it was incredibly tiring. Once we broke the treeline, the wind was so strong that the trail disappeared and my gps unfortunately glitched out. We brought microspikes and trekking poles, but I imagine snowshoes would've made it a lot easier. We had to turn around past treeline due to the aforementioned things, but I still enjoyed it and will be trying again soon.

24 days ago

This is a great hike! Amazing pay off. We hiked it on a Thursday after a snow storm that week. Arrived around noon, parking was no issue. There was minimal traffic on the trail, I’m guessing because of the weather and time of week. Only saw about 10 other people on the trail. There is quite a bit of snow on the trail, some of which is packed down and very iced over in spots so I would bring some sort of crampons, as it was not snow covered enough for snowshoes. What did shock me was how close to the edge the trail brings you at the top of the mountain. While there are good guardrails in place this would be an issue if heights aren’t your thing!! If you’re planning on doing this hike I would plan soon as they are going to begin regulating the amount of traffic this trail sees per day with permits and capacity limits and shuttle transportation.

27 days ago

Attempted on 1/27/2018.
I used my Microspikes and found it very doable. Made it all of the way to the base of the lake after pushing through 50+ mph winds. Only to find that there was a giant snow field to pass. The guy in front of me had 2 ice axes and crampons and was not able to make it across. It was absolutely beautiful and will try again!

29 days ago

I arrived around 8am last Saturday and had the lake to myself for nearly 30 minutes. Two other people arrived as i headed down. Very rewarding hike and not to difficult. Bring yaktrax and arrive early.

Nice elevation gain in short span, but nothing too bad. Started early to beat the crowds. Only 2 people at the lake when I arrived. Beautiful, stunning and peaceful! On the way down, I passed by at least 100 people or so.

This was a beautiful hike however be aware that the road (county road 7 I believe) is closed. The last 4.4 miles of driving become walking. Also the snow was very deep (up to my waist at points) so bring snowshoes. It was still beautiful but be warned that this 8 mike hike is a 17 mike hike in the winter!

One of my favorite trails, although very heavy trafficked. A pretty steep incline but the view of the lake is ABSOLUTELY worth it! Don't forget to check out the waterfall up and behind the lake and many people miss!

Yak tracks are recommended in the winter. Absolutely gorgeous at the top!

1 month ago


1 month ago

Chasm Lake is one of my all-time favorite hikes. The views
along the way, ... Peacock Lake, Chasm Falls, wildflowers,... just awesome! I did this hike in July 2016 - perfect hiking weather, and the snow had just melted past the boulder field. The boulder field is one of the most challenging / taxing parts of the hike; your thighs and legs get a workout an it slows your hiking pace down. The last part of the hike, you need to scramble up a steeper area and I needed to watch my footing and take my time. But the views of Chasm Lake over the ridge and of Longs Peak were just Amazing! The CO Hiking book and RMNP said this hike was 9.4mi. I know it is rated moderate here; CO Hiking rates it Moderate - Strenuous and I agree. I was glad I started this early morning. Had time to eat and take a break at Chasm Lake before hiking back. By the way, did any of you hikers try that "outhouse" that hangs over the ridge? Crazy!

1 month ago

Gorgeous trail, worth the climb year-round. Mid December I used my micro spikes since snowshoes weren’t needed. Dress in layers! Warm on the way up but hanging out by the falls and coming down gets chilly and damp.

It was very slippery with ice covering most of the trail. Lots of traffic came in around 10:30am as we were leaving.

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