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USA Chasm Lake (Eastern Edge)

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Chasm Lake is an absolutely gorgeous alpine lake in Colorado! It's a touch over 4 miles from the trailhead, and there's an elevation gain of roughly 2300 ft. Sunrises are especially wonderful here, as the alpenglow provides quite a show on the Western side of the lake.

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Start from the Longs Peak trailhead off Highway 7 (S St. Vrain Ave) south of Estes Park, CO. Follow signs for Chasm Lake. Make sure to turn left at the junction a few miles into the hike (if you go right, you'll end up at the Boulderfield on the Keyhole route to the Longs Peak summit, which is also a beautiful hike, but you might not make it to the Boulderfield in time for sunrise)! When you get close to the lake, the trail can be hard to follow. After continuing alongside the stream for a bit, you'll have to veer right to get up to the lake (it'll be a bit of a scramble, which can be tough at night, so just take your time).

You'll also want to exercise caution when planning trips above treeline, as the weather can move fast and be quite unpredictable. Be sure to carry appropriate protective gear for both yourself and your camera!
Crowd Factor Nearly no other people
Best Timing Sunrise
Sunrise & Sunset 07:19 - 17:05 | current local time: 20:44
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