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1 day ago

Fantastic hike! Leave early to avoid heat and crowds. We camped at Longs Peak Campground and the next morning walked to the Chasm/Longs Peak Trailhead. Started at 7:30am and meandered the way up. Traffic was OK. Many of the Longs Peak hikers had begun a few hours earlier than us. Had fun scrambling at the end just before the lake. We stayed at the lake watching climbers, eating lunch, and relaxing then began the trek down around 1pm and it was really, really crowded. Cool weather at the lake. Hot on the way down above the tree line, cooler once in the trees. Beautiful views all along the trail! We stopped so many times to take in the scenery. Really great enjoyable hike! July 2018.

Amazing 360 views from the top. Beautiful trail with a steep incline, levels out then another incline.

One of the best moderate hikes in RMNP, I really love this one. Make sure you bring plenty of water and a camera as this trail offers great views, wildlife, and a relaxing journey. Get there early in the summer as the trail gets quite full the closer to noon you get.

Allow for at least 3 hours, maybe closer to 4 depending on how much time you take to rest. Also plan on it being close to 7 miles total if you park at one entrance or another as they are a mile apart from each other.

If you can, go in the fall, as the fall leaves are truly mesmerizing.

2 days ago

Great hike! Flowers still out in full force. I recommend getting there early because parking is tight later in the day. I got there by 8am and saw few people until 10am. I saw an elk and mule deer. The stream is beautiful. I was wearing a full pack for the first time and it was a great trail for that.

Crowded as hell so many rude people, couldn’t go more than 15 seconds without seeing someone else

4 days ago

Loved this trail. Switchbacks through the woods and then nice clearing with beautiful views on the way up. Near the lake, there is a bit of a scramble but it was such fun. Go early to avoid heat and the crowds!

great trail, inclines a bit rough but overall not too bad. view is awesome at the top, not too much rock scrambling

This one is all about the views at the end, a worthwhile reward for (what feels like) a lot of up and down along the way. Know that you absolutely must scramble up the rocks at the top to get the full experience - we brought our toddler in a carrier and it wasn't an issue to climb up with an extra person to lend a supporting hand. I think I might have convinced my parents to make the move to Colorado after this one :) On a Monday morning, the trail was plenty empty - we only encountered two other groups along the way. Enjoy!

7 days ago

This is a gorgeous hike. The final 2 mile push to Chasm lake is the most rewarding, as you pass several streams and waterfalls.

We left from Denver at 2am to catch the sunrise over the lake (5:40am). Even at 3:40am the parking lot was full, and we had to park further down the road. This wasn't a bother, but I imagine that coming later, would make this much, much harder. I would highly recommend opting for the sunrise to beat crowds!

8 days ago

Most rewarding hike I've ever done! Start before 5:30a if you want to park in the lot or along the road near the trailhead and not a mile away. Trail will be fairly populated but much busier on the way down than going up. This also gives you enough time to enjoy the hike before it gets too warm/sunny or afternoon storms above tree line. Bring lots of water and protein and good hiking boots/shoes with ankle stability. We were done by noon after spending around 30 minutes at the lake, stops for pictures, and small breaks every half mile or so.

This was our first hike along the Longs Peak trail and the entire route looks like a fairytale! First half is incline through the forest with views of small creeks/waterfalls and wild flowers. After tree line you can see everything and you are quite exposed, but it's gorgeous tundra and alpine ecosystems. Lots of critters and birds, and we saw a small herd of elk resting in the distance near the Boulder field. Once you're above tree line and hike up the steep incline there for about a mile, you'll get to your first reward of Peacock Pool. Keep going and you'll see Columbine Falls and eventually hike over it. Absolutely gorgeous. Finally, the last quarter mile you're climbing and scrambling up to get into the little bowl Chasm Lake is in. Be careful and follow the cairns for the best rocks and boulders to climb on because the trail is not clear. After that you get the beautiful and rugged alpine lake! So clear you can't quite tell how deep it is.

Very rewarding at 11760 ft! Just remember you have to climb all the way down and it's pretty unforgiving. By the end you're pretty much ready to never use your ankles or knees again. I would say this hike is moderate until the scrambling which would make the hike a bit more difficult and strenuous depending on fitness and ability. We are not athletic but hiked over 25 miles last week with a new steep or alpine trail everyday with a rest day to prepare for this one. Enjoy!

Beautiful hike. Loved all the wildflowers and the beautiful columbine fields. The waterfalls from Chasm lake falling into Peacock lake were stunning.

A good challenge but nothing too intense - the perfect balance. Stunning views at the top! We took family here that lives at sea level and it was the perfect hike for them to start with
- nice and steady. Definitely bring a jacket for the top, it’s quite brisk!

9 days ago

limited parking at 0450. hardly any hikers tho. recommend going early to beat the heat and the hikers.

I'd personally rate this trail easy, with the last tid bit as difficult. before you actually get to chasm lake, you'll have to boulder/climb your way up.

you'll see a little lake off to the left when you are getting close. that's not chasm, keep going.


My GPS clocked this trail at 4.4 miles one way. so the site is slightly off.

we were done with the trail under 6 hours. but we also journey off the trail some and hung out at the lake for about an hour.

9 days ago

Wow!!! What a beautiful hike filled with waterfalls, wildflowers, and nice folks along the way.

Went on a windy, cloudy morning before a thunderstorm and it was a magical experience. Definitely follow the ridges where the sand is more firm. The wind was blowing the sand around, making beautiful eddies but blasting our legs. Wear pants on a windy day (easy to say when it was cloudy) and stay on the windward side of the ridges.

Tips aside, one of the coolest things I’ve ever done, 100% recommend!!! The beauty was otherworldly. If you go beyond the first high dune ridge, all that you can see for miles are dunes and mountains.

Update: we went again the morning after a steady rain, and the sand was solid and cool to walk on. Perfect conditions for hiking, and the patterns that showed up were breathtaking. I walked barefoot in the dunes for hours with plenty of sunscreen and plenty of water.

11 days ago

Tough call on whether to rate as 4 or 5 stars, but I'm going 4 because it was quite busy and frankly I've just been on more beautiful hikes in Colorado.

It is an awesome, beautiful hike - especially if you make it all the way to the Chasm! Note that the Chasm is not the first lake you see, way below the trail. You have to get to the end of the marked path and then climb up a little bit to get to the Chasm. It's worth it - go all the way.

I would rate as moderate rather than difficult.

11 days ago

Great hike with fantastic views for several miles of trail. The lake plunge was quite chilly!

Beautiful hike, and though sandy, hot, and hard, it’s so worth it! We tried sliding down in a cardboard box, but it didn’t work very well for us and we ended up just tumbling down the dune. Overall, it was a wonderful trip!

12 days ago

Fantastic hike - 8.8 Miles overall by my tracker and about 2300 ft elevation gain. Some scrambling to get to Chasm and my tiny legs wouldn’t take me the final part but views still worth it. Started at 6am and parking lot was full and road filling up. I went through 3L in about 4.5 hours, so bring lots of water. Very cool to meet some rangers heading up on horseback with supplies.

This was such an amazing hike!! Tough in the end but the views are off the carts of Pikes Peak, Catamount Lake and a 360 view of teller county!! Amazing

12 days ago


13 days ago

Great hike, but make sure you complete this hike in mid-week and in the a.m or be prepared for a human highway. Took a dive into Chasm - 41 degrees. Departed at 12:48pm,total dist: 8.4 miles, total hike time: 3:32, max alt: 11,831, total gain: 2,413.

14 days ago

What an amazing hike. The scenery is spectacular.

15 days ago

Our favorite hike in Colorado! Pine forest, then stunted growth near the tree line, then alpine hiking to the ridge. From there a gentle traverse along a hillside and then along a stream, before the final scramble up to the lake. The forest stage is very pretty, with a canopy more open and sunny than most. After you emerge from the trees, the scenery is breathtaking for the rest of the hike - especially at the lake. Absolutely gorgeous. As of July 1, no snow at all - even in the spot along the traverse where it usually remains year-round. So leave your microspikes in the car and enjoy this hike!

Loved this trail.. It was steep at first until you get past the cement creek caves. Then it was beautiful meadows on the hills with a forest feel at the end. It was easy enough and beautiful!

Nice little 10K loop.

19 days ago

So charming. Two thumbs up.

19 days ago

My new favorite hike. The falls and lakes are absolutely gorgeous! It’s a stunning hike once you’re above tree line. I’d rate it more of a harder hike than moderate. We arrived around 7:30am on a Monday and there were only about 4 parking spots left. Get there early!

19 days ago

This is a great trail but just FYI both the Nationals map Park Service signage and our GPS have it as an 8.9 mile trip, not 7.7. Either they aren’t measuring from the Long’s Peak trailhead or they aren’t including the final push to the lake.

A couple of pointers. This is a popular hike in its own right and shares a trailhead with those climbing Long’s Peak, so between Memorial Day and Labor Day I’d either not go on the weekend or really look at an extremely early start. Not just for parking but to deal with lighter foot traffic.

A good workout on the uphill but it left me feeling a bit beat up with a steady descent of big rocky steps.

And it was harder than when I did it 20 years ago ! :-)

20 days ago

The app is forcing me to give a review of a trail I haven’t hiked in order to see other reviews.

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