Accessible by hike in Rocky Mountain National Park, Chasm Lake is known around Colorado for its stunning panoramic views and brilliant coloring. It’s located at close to 12,000 feet, so the hike is a hard one. But believe us, with a view like this, the hard work pays off.

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The name “Chasm Lake” comes directly from the definition of chasm, meaning a deep hole or gorge in a rock.

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The hike to get to Chasm Lake is roughly 8.5 miles round trip, starting at the Longs Peak Ranger Station on the Longs Peak Trailhead. It’s rated as moderate to difficult, thanks to its length and the rock scrambling that’s necessary to reach the final destination.

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The hike starts at an elevation of 9,405 feet, reaching a top altitude of 11,823 feet at the lake.

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Chasm Lake sits at the base of Mount Lady Washington, a 13,281 foot mountain, as well as the east-facing wall of Longs Peak, the highest point in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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For the most part, people tend to visit this lake from June to October, though the trail is snowshoe friendly as long as you’re careful and prepared. Some experts also recommend microspikes during the colder times of the year if there’s not enough snow coverage for snowshoes.

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