Chasm Lake – 8.6mi / 13.8km
Nestled below the awe-inspiring east face of the famed Longs Peak is the gorgeous Chasm Lake. From the Longs Peak Ranger Station, the trail steadily climbs through a lodgepole forest, interrupted occasionally by Alpine Brook.
After the trail crosses the creek, the landscape opens to incredible views looking up to mountains on one side and the plains on the other. After a deceptively long climb up through the tundra, the trail for Chasm Lake breaks off to the south.
Peacock Pool glitters down below while Columbine Falls drops stunningly at the head of the valley. The jagged peaks seem to grow as you approach them. After crossing over the falls, a sign points in the direction of the scramble up the rock outcropping that hems in the lake. At the top of the climb, the lake comes into view.
Longs Peak reflects in the lake amongst a rocky moonscape full of steep cliffs, crumbling mountainsides, and a boulder strewn shoreline.
Trailhead: From Colorado Hwy 7, turn onto Longs Peak Road to the ranger station at the end of the road.
Elevation Gain: 2,650ft / 795m – Elevation Loss: 2,650ft / 795m