Chasm Falls Trail via Old Fall River Road

MODERATE 31 reviews
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Chasm Falls Trail via Old Fall River Road is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
534 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

road biking

snowshoeing

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

snow

no dogs

When Old Fall River Road is closed, you can easily hike the road up to Chasm Falls. For a road hike there are a surprising number of wildflowers and interesting items to view. From the falls you there is a labyrinth of trails that follow along the river. The view of Horseshoe Park from the curve of the road just above Endovalley is very scenic on a clear morning or evening. You can easily get to the falls by leaving the road at the road's first switchback turn.

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

With so much planned for my July visit to RMNP, (rather than taking the extended hike up) I stopped the car at the turnout for the short path down to the viewing area for this pretty 25 foot waterfall and cascades. There is also a nice view from here looking back down the valley. And the trail lets you explore the river further if you would like. It was definitely worth the stop shortly after beginning the fun drive up Old Fall River Road.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

We enjoyed this trail, however if it wasn't for seeing other people going up the climb we never would have know where it was. there are no signs or indications where to climb.
secondly and MOST importantly this road is one way and takes you ALL the way to the top ridgline road.... again no signs or indications. So don't go here low on gas or your screwd. We won't do this again unless we plan to be in the car all day.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

I didn't do the full 2.5 miles (sounds like many see that as a waste since much of the trail is Old Fall River Road). I'd suggest driving and taking a shorter route from one of two pullouts. You can make the harder climb up the trail/boulders along the falls if you stop at the first pullout (unmarked but you'll see water). If you're feeling less ambitious, stop at the marked pullout and walk down some stairs to the observation deck...best views are right there.

3 months ago

3 months ago

Definitely don't waste your time walking down the road. Just drive and park and then do the small trail along the falls.

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

The views are beautiful, but the trail is mostly just the road so a lot of cars passed by. The falls are lovely though. I would do this hike again on a weekday when there is less traffic.

hiking
4 months ago

I parked at the picnic area right by the beginning of the one way Old Fall River Road and walked up the road. The road is inclined the whole way but not too bad. Pay attention and realize folks are driving up behind you on the way up. You will see the pull off for the falls on your left after a couple switchbacks. Cool falls!

4 months ago

The fall wss beautiful! The trail was only a service road.

hiking
4 months ago

GORGEOUS! We only saw 9 people in the 2 hrs we spent on this trail! The hike didn't take that long, we just spent a lot of time sitting and enjoying the views!
At first, it seemed like we might not be going to right direction but the falls are off Old Falls Rd. You can access at the base and hike up the side of the falls, or keep going along the road and access from the trailhead where there is a clearly marked sign for the falls.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

This is a fairly easy trail with a wide path. The scenery is beautiful and we even saw some big horn sheep. The waterfall is small but pretty.

snowshoeing
6 months ago

We snowshoed along the road. Very scenic in winter . . . and NO CARS!!! Not a major workout trail, but an easy, pretty winter trip.

The falls were covered deep in snow . . . probably varies depending on snow fall. Just manage your expectations.

hiking
7 months ago

8 months ago

8 months ago

Very nice falls