Chasm Lake:   D/R/E: 8,4 miles - 2,360' elevation gain
Hiking Distance Is The Total Length Of The Hike

The trail starts at the Long Peak's Ranger Station. It ascends moderately through conifer forest. At a third of a mile, the trail to Estes Cone branches right. You stay left and continue through the woods. At a little under two miles, the track hits timberline. At this point, you will be glad you started early. Late afternoon thunderstorms can make this open terrain treacherous. You continue onward through a slope covered with evergreens hugging the ground but no trees blocking the vista. At about 3 miles, bear left; the right fork heads for Granite Pass and the Keyhole. You have a little over a mile to go. The first stretch is along the marshy banks of the headwaters of Roaring Fork Creek. Once you pass Peacock Pool, a ridge rises sharply ahead - still no sign of the lake itself. You need to clamber up the steep rocky slope. A couple of false summits will have you questioning whether the lake really exists, but as you scramble over the top, a scene of unbelievable majesty unfolds before your eyes, dominated by the Diamond - the world class climb of Long's Peak east face!

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