Chasm Falls Trail via Old Fall River Road

MODERATE 53 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.

2.5 miles
465 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly


mountain biking

road biking





wild flowers


no dogs

CLOSED to Motorized Vehicles October - July 2019 (Bicycles and leashed pets - Opens April 1) 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.

2 months ago

Beautiful area

3 months ago

Hiked the road on 10/27/18 as it was closed to vehicles. Needless to say it was a calve killer but worth it!

4 months ago

We drove to the small parking lot by the falls. Very short hike but it is steep. That being said I saw an 80 year old man in his orthotics making the trek. The falls are beautiful! Old Fall river Road is about 9 miles and is a one way road. It has sharp switchbacks and very deep ruts. I mean DEEP. If you are skilled enough to navigate on top of the ruts a car could make it but if not you will bottom it out and be stuck. The SUV in front of me actually attempted to drive in the ruts instead of on top and bottomed out immediately. Luckily he drove in instead of falling in so was able to spin his tires and back out and attempt again. If you don't want to risk it park at the picnic area and hike up.

5 months ago

Parked at the picnic area and hiked up. The road had a lot of vehicle traffic but the hike was good. Saw some deer. Right before the first switchback there is a pull off for vehicles. If you go back in there you can see the falls and follow the creek up to them. Kid had a good time.

8 months ago

Falls were unique, trail was a little confusing to get to since the road is closed off this time of year so you had to hike but very pretty.

8 months ago

The falls aren’t that impressive, cool but not jaw dropping. The incline is steady the whole way there. Park in the picnic area and head up the road, great to do when old falls road isn’t open to car traffic.

9 months ago

Easy hike that I think would be prettier in the winter for a snow shoe since you are mostly following a road. The only path is a short one down to the lovely falls. Nice views. The road was dry to the falls, but higher up there was still snow pack. For pics and more details, visit

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Great, quick little hike. 5.4 miles total with added mileage from winter gate. Did not see a soul all day. Snowshoes are overkill. Traction devices maybe, only really handy for very end to descend steep area to view falls from bottom. Many sections of road/trail still exposed dirt. Not my favorite hike in Rocky but I’ll take a day spent in the park over the office anytime ;)

Monday, January 15, 2018

Great hike, although it had little elevation gain. I think it would be even better if there was more snow but it’s a light snow year. Overall, it was easy and very enjoyable - 5.2 miles round trip.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Great easy hike. We parked at Alluvial Fan, near where the road closes in the winter. (It was late December.) Not much water in the falls, but still pretty. Very few people. Nice overlooks and views of West Horseshoe Park.

Friday, October 27, 2017

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.

Monday, August 07, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

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 views are right there.

Friday, July 21, 2017

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

Monday, July 10, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

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!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

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.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday, March 06, 2017

Very nice falls

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Starts off slow along a dirt road. Be aware of cars. Eventually, you'll come to the falls. Unfortunately, when I went, it was packed.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

We were able to get up Fall River road, a very short walk to the waterfall

Friday, August 07, 2015

Very nice trail.waterfalls.lake.cliffs.this trail had it all.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Access to trail is still closed due to the September 11, 2013 flood damage, but it is possible to hike with a bit of persistence. We hiked it as a family and even got to sit out a good storm under what we call "Muppet Rock." Beautiful views of the Sheep Lakes Valley and surrounding mountains.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Great little Horseshoe Park hike with a neat little waterfall at the end. When the road is closed this is a good one for kids, as you can let them run ahead on the road and still easily keep an eye on them.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

This is a beautiful little spot, but you don't hike to it. I was actually looking for a 2.5 mile hike, but I think the 2.5 miles is the distance it is up the Old Fall River Rd.. The road is one way - up - so if you don't want to drive all the way to the top, (9 miles) don't go up there looking for a hike.

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