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Absolutely amazing hike. Not crowded at all so it's great for enjoying the nature of it all. There are a few places where it gets tough but the views from the top are totally worth it. 100% would recommend this if you want to get away from the crowds at some of the other places in the park!

4.5 hours to complete with my girlfriend and dumb yellow. Its a steady uphill walk from the intersection with Rogers Pass trail. But beautiful weather and cold water to play in (if you want). Always great views in this area if you like alpine lakes and high altitude excursions.

hiking
1 day ago

Definitely a fun hike. Great payoff for an intense (if you’re from the Midwest) hike. Would do it again in a heartbeat!

Beautiful! Crowd thins significantly as you start up the switchback and the lake at the end is worth it. The train tunnel can be heard clearly for the first half of the hike but it’s peaceful at the lake and what you do hear is more like white noise. The leaves were at varying degrees of color but the drive out to the trail itself is breathtaking. There’s tons of parking and when I got to the lake at 2 on a Sunday, I had the lake almost entirely to myself. There’s also some great dispersed camping as you approach the lake!

1 day ago

Beautiful hike, we got there at 7 am and made it to the top in 1.5 hours. I would say moderate to strenuous for sure, lots of rock steps. View at the top was totally worth it!

hiking
1 day ago

Nice hike stopped by on the way back from the key hole simple scramble to the lake awesome view of the diamond on longs. lake was alright there’s better lakes in RMNP to see Black lake and lake of glass are nicer this was a little more challenging to get to or it would only be a 3 star

on Forest Lakes Trail

2 days ago

Loved this hike! Must go to the 2nd lake! Sooo worth it!

hiking
2 days ago

Super challenging hike. Essentially 4 miles of stairs on the way up. Gets really windy when you hit the 1.7 remaining mark. Make sure to bring wind jacket, hat and gloves. First part is in the trees then you venture into the valley where it is super windy, once you get to the sign where it points to chasm lake or longs peak follow the trail to the left alongside of the mountain. First you will see peacock lake and continue until you see the chasm lake sign. Have to climb up a lot of rocks to get to chasm lake. Beautiful hike but definitely a challenge on the legs.

hiking
3 days ago

Worth the long climb up for the 360 panoramic views. RMNP at its very best.
Recommend doing on a day without winds as your are very high up and exposed. Parking was fine though we hiked midweek.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful fall hike . Fairly peaceful . Easy to follow trail. Second lake made a great spot for our hammocks . Didn’t see any wildlife though

This is a great hike with beautiful views of Longs Peak! This was one of our favorite hikes after a week of hiking in RMNP including Long’s Peak.

hiking
4 days ago

Nice hike with great views. Fun rock scramble at the end right before chasm lake.

It was an interesting hike . There is a lot of forest(roots) to get through to get to the pretty sites above the tree line. It takes about 1 hr 45 min to get out of trees into meadows and above tree line which is really nice. It took about 2 hr 5min to get to the lake. But guess what? If you hike up that ridge on N side of Lake there is another Lake twice the size of the main Lake. Also, if you have time recommend the hike up to the top of the Pass which takes about 45 min from Lake. The views are amazing and the switchbacks are well maintained . You can see the winter park complex and valley as well as both lakes. If you go to the top it is about 5 hr 30 min total trip plus time you eat and relax at top. If you just go to Lake it’s about 4 hr 15 min plus how long you hang at the lake. If you aren’t going to fish or going to hike to the top, there are shorter, prettier Lake hikes like diamond lake, brained, ect....

hiking
7 days ago

Amazing! Beautiful hike with a great variety of scenery. Fairly tough incline throughout, but manageable if you pace yourself, and is worth it for the amazing views at the top.

One of my favorite hikes for sure! Less crowded than Crater Lakes and so beautiful! Only saw a couple people on the trail and a few campers set up around the first lake. Make sure you hike up to the second lake and go off the trail slightly to find the third mini lake. I was jealous of the campers set up around the lake and wish I had packed my tent and stove to stay the night.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful views.

This was such a good sunrise hike. We had a very large group but everyone was able to make it up and down the scramble at the lake. If you’re not in great shape, the elevation gain will be challenging especially getting closer to the top. It was also super windy for us and I felt that I was going to be pushed over the edge into the gorges below us (it was also really dark too).

hiking
9 days ago

First off I would rate this as moderately hard haha. Only because of the elevation gain. The scramble at the end up to see the lake isn’t bad either and definitely worth it ! Lovely spot to rest and take in the beauty of the mountains and the crystal lake . Absolutely gorgeous .

We hiked this trail in mid-April. Absolutely beautiful hike! The way up was more difficult than we anticipated - we stopped frequently towards the summit, but we are from Ohio we were not acclimated to the altitude. Getting near and above tree line was very snowy, very cold and very very windy!! We stayed on the summit for about 20-30 min before we retreated due to the harsh conditions. But it was a beautiful, sunny day, just a bit early in the season. It was our first summit hike; and we just completed our second in Lake Tahoe.

Got to the trailhead and started around 7:30. I was able to park in the parking lot and walked up the road to the trailhead. There were no other cars in the parking lot which was surprising for a Saturday. Took about 2 hours to make it to the peak and 1:30 to head back down. There was only one other person I saw on the way up. When I started the descent I ran into more people, but it wasn’t overly crowded. I would def recommend this hike for being a great workout and scenic hike with little foot traffic for RMNP!

Departed at 7:10, made it to the top by 9:15 with a nice little break during the hike. It was a Thursday but only saw four people on the ascent and another six on the descent. Awesome views, and considering the other high volume foot traffic in the park and the fact that you don’t even need a pass to hike this trail, I’d highly recommend it. Trees are poppin’ off, get there quick. Also, currently no horses due to trail maintenance stemming back to the floods of ‘13; lo siento to all you equestrians. Also, don’t park in the lot. Head to the top where you can park on the right side (uphill) and save yourself some futile effort.

14 days ago

This is so worth the hike. The lake is pretty and the view from the top looking down to the lake was awesome. The first part goes through the forest and I almost thought there isn’t much to see but as you gain elevation, it gets prettier and prettier. A little windy on the top. Don’t forget your wind jacket.

15 days ago

I had a great time on my trip to Chasm Lake, the views are remarkable and everyone I met along the way couldn’t help but gush about how unreal it is. My trekking poles helped me out a lot on the way back down, as did my headlamp - just keep your eyes peeled, I had a nice little run-in with a baby brown bear and had no intention of waiting around for it’s momma! Enjoy

Tough trail but the views are worth it.

Hiked on 9/8. Started around 7:30AM and there were about 10 other cars in the parking lot. I didn’t see anyone on the way up and got to the top about 2.5 hours later. I climbed the east peak (also heard this was the “official” peak.) The trail is nice and gentle with steady elevation gain the entire hike but it wasn’t hard. Th views are incredible and worth going to the peaks. Will definitely do again but probably with an earlier start.

backpacking
16 days ago

This was my first time backpacking, and it was a great way to get broken in! Gradual elevation gain until the last mile to Heart Lake. Without a pack, this is a very doable day hike up and back. Beautiful views all the way. Set up camp at Heart Lake, and hiked up to Roger’s pass the next morning. Only problem I had is we didn’t stay long enough!!

FOUND (9/8/2018}: hiking poles at the peak. If you are missing your poles DM me with brand / description (919-622-3772)

Got an early start and missed most of the crowds. Trail is well maintained. Class 2 scramble looked impossible from below but was rather friendly once we got started. My 8 year old dog made it up without a problem. Wild flowers were beautiful and views were incredible!

backpacking
16 days ago

Gorgeous trail! So many different types of terrain. Loved the open meadow entering into Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. We got a permit and camped overnight at Jasper Lake - it was rainy and windy, but campsite 3 is pretty protected. Used our bear canister as recommended - didn't run into any wildlife other than squirrels and chipmunks. The lake is rather low, but the views were still pretty and the aspens are chainging for a beautiful, colorful site.

hiking
17 days ago

In my mind this qualifies more as a climb than a hike. Very strenous. the first part of the hike to the tundra is like a staircase with steps created from logs and rock. These steps can be couple feet high and it is interesting to see how people have created mini diversions around the steps. Be prepared for a very tough day and try to avoid weekends. Gets very crowded.

hiking
20 days ago

There are some reviews that are a bit misleading here, so I want to clarify: The Brainard Lake Recreational area is *extremely* popular and is a toll and permit camping area. DO NOT TRY TO SHOW UP AFTER 8AM AND EXPECT A PARKING SPOT. The upper lot fills by 8AM nearly the entire season it is open.

The hike for Mt Toll largely consists of the hikes for Blue and Little Blue lakes - both incredibly beautiful, but also highly trafficked. The Mt Toll 'trail' continues past both - and it becomes a talus and boulder field with some class 2 scrambling to gain the ridgeline and summit. This section is very lonely, and moderately technical - but very worth the additional distance for its isolation, prominence, and 360 views. You should be comfortable trail-finding and hiking off-trail for this section as realistically there isn't more than a loose 'route'. The map here even reflects this, suggesting two different paths to ascend and descend. I would recommend coming and going from the route that travels to the north closer to Little Blue lake rather than trying to bushwhack between the two lakes lower. Do your best to hike on durable surfaces to practice LNT.

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