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A bit hard to follow after you leave the main trail, but the views are amazing and I didn’t see a single other person the entire hike.

8 days ago

Excellent

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9 days 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!

Loved this trail! Steep at times for a challenge, but quick enough for a half day trip. Views at the top of short scramble were incredible. Off the beaten path and super quiet (not much parking at the trailhead, plan accordingly). Snowpack was melting so it made the trip out a little slippery, but doable in just boots.

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15 days ago

Fantastic trail with incredible views all the way to the top. Covered in snow on 2/4, but was fine in boots, didn't even use spikes. My 10 year old daughter made it to the summit, so can you. Worth it.

15 days ago

My daughter and I loved this trail, it was well kept, beautiful scenery and somewhat of a challenge for us since we don't hike often. We will be back soon!

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15 days ago

Great views for such a short hike. A couple inches of snow made trail finding tricky at times but didn’t need spikes. Incredibly windy at the top.

Good, fairly easy hike. Some pretty views, but the 1st half of the hike is along a dirt road.

Snow was packed. Went up to 2 miles from the lake with snowshoes, then had to take them off because no snow. Came down with just boots; no snowshoes or microspikes. Poles were useful though. It was super windy today.

Dog friendly, not actually in the national park. Have to walk down 7 to get to the trailhead. Parking at Lily Lake. Lily Lake not dog friendly as it is in national park.

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30 days ago

Great trail, easy with pretty views. We went yesterday and the weather was gorgeous- packed snow and we just needed spikes. However, last night and this morning the mountains got a ton of snow— I would assume you would need snow shoes now. Trail is well marked and easy to follow- just keep looking for Odessa Lake signs.

Really I want to give this hike a 3.5. The views are great and it’s a manageable hike for all levels BUT you are on a dirt road for good portion of the hike which is not really my jam.

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1 month ago

Such a gorgeous area. Today we wore micro spikes and Yak Trax. Spikes were better. I was glad I had a pole for stability in a couple of stretches. Most of the trail is packed snow, but some areas are more difficult to follow because of blowing snow. We wished we had snow shoes the last 500 feet. Overall a great day.

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1 month ago

Went yesterday. Not a lot of snow above treeline. Made it to the lake with just microspikes, but there was one pitch that was icy and one traverse over deep, unstable snow on a steep slope that made me wish I had an ice axe and crampons. Nothing too sketchy. Was able to detour around the ice by scrambling and push through the snow on the traverse, even if nervous.

Certainly windy in spots, but tolerable enough that I never felt the need to break out the windbreaker.

Lake itself was beautiful and frozen and creaking. Cold but not as windy as the ridge. I don't like wearing microspikes if I am on rocks and I also dislike taking them on and off, so I ended up slipping a few times. Definitely slick in spots!

Took me just over 4 hours from the car to the lake to the car. I tend to stop and take a lot of photos, though.

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1 month ago

Hiked 1/14/2018 - Started at 8:30am - Back at Car 1pm

Very beautiful hike. Snow is well packed for the beginning. Didn't use microspikes until about 1 or 2 miles from Chasm Lake (just for a short period).

Poles and Snowshoes would help. Deep snow walking from Boulder Field to Chasm Lake (parts up to 3-4ft). Steep final climb up to the lake. Either on a sheet of ice (with microspikes, not recommended though) or scrambling up rocks on all 4's (what I did up and down)

Very windy about the treeline. Make sure you have sunglasses and a good wind jacket

Honestly for winter would say this is more towards HARD over MODERATE.

Did this solo as a pretty fast hiker but also took a lot of photography breaks (my main reason for going there)

Only needed spikes, very little snow above tree line.

Great hike for the Family and dog. And the Dogs can be off the leash for a bit.!!

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1 month ago

Wind was killer today. Trail was in great shape. A couple of icy patches in the shade otherwise all dry.

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1 month ago

Attempted 1/9. Trail was packed down, only needed microspikes. The wind was the main issue with 60 mph gusts. Only saw a handful of people and two that ended up turning around ahead of me. I ended up turning around at the juncture. Will try again. Beautiful scenery and well maintained trail

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