Chasm Lake

Chasm Lake Private Hike

Estes Park, CO
5.0 (3 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Views of Longs Peak
  • Breathtaking Mountain Cirque
  • Stunning Alpine Lake
  • Top-shelf Backpack & Trekking Poles
  • Amazing Natural & Cultural History
  • Tasty Trail Snacks & Picnic Lunch

Description

Chasm Lake is a stunning alpine body of water at the base of the Rocky Mountain National Park‘s most famous summit, Longs Peak (14,259 feet). More specifically the lake lies in the bottom of a cirque below the 2400-foot-tall, east-facing cliff (“Diamond”) that protects Longs Peak’s lower flanks. Because of Chasm Lake’s views of The Diamond, Longs Peak, Mount Lady Washington (13,281 feet), and Mount Meeker (13,911 feet), it is regarded as one of the most breathtaking destinations in the Park.

The hike to Chasm Lake takes us through dense spruce-fir forests into subalpine stands and finally the big views, stunted trees and scree fields of Colorado’s famous alpine mountains. We pass views of distant peaks and waterfalls before finally arriving at the shores of Chasm Lake.

(Important: We run hikes in almost all weather conditions and very rarely cancel. See our terms and conditions for information on cancellations and refunds.)

6-8 Hours
$115-$495 Per Person
Season: July-Oct

Season: July-Oct

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Trip Type: Day Hike Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 1-10 Guests
Trip Length: 6-8 Hours
Distance: 8.5MI / 13.5KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 3

  • Level 1: 2-6 miles, less than 500 feet elevation change on good trails
  • Level 2: 3-8 miles, up to 2000 feet of elevation change on good trails
  • Level 3: 4-10 miles, up to 3000 feet of elevation change on good to rugged trails
  • Level 4: 4-12 miles, up to 4000 feet of elevation change on rugged trails or off trail
  • Level 5: 6-16 miles, up to 5,500 feet of elevation change on rugged trails or off trail

SOLITUDE LEVEL 2

  • Level 1: around other hikers the entire time
  • Level 2: around other hikers most of the time
  • Level 3: around other hikers some of the time
  • Level 4: see a couple other groups during the hike
  • Level 5: most likely to have the trail to ourselves
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Rates

Rates

  • 1 person: $495
  • 2 people: $245 per person
  • 3 people: $215 per person
  • 4-5 people: $175 per person
  • 6-7 people: $145 per person
  • 8-10 people: $115 per person
  • 10 and younger: $105 per person

Private day hike tours are only open to your party.

*Prices do not include guide gratuity

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

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GOING FAST

This trip has 1 or 2 spots remaining and is bookable online! Click on the date to book now or contact us online to book through customer service.

Request a Reservation

REQUEST A RESERVATION

This trip is exclusively booked through customer service due to logistics with lodging, permits, staffing, availability, or something else. Please contact us online or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request a reservation.

The listed dates reflect general availability for Rocky Mountain National Park day hike tours. You will select your exact hike during the registration process. The season for this hike is July-October.

Don't see your dates? Call us! We may be able to add new trip dates.

800-715-HIKE (4453)

Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • A professional, knowledgeable, medically trained, friendly wilderness guide.
  • A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you’d like, and as is possible in a day
  • Transportation to the trailhead and back (originating/ending in Estes Park)
  • National park entrance fee
  • Trail snacks and a picnic lunch
  • Use of a top of the line, technical day pack
  • Use of trekking poles

What's Not Included (Required)

  • Lightweight hiking shoes or hiking boots
  • Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
  • Warm wool or fleece top (Spring, Fall)
  • Warm hat and gloves (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • Water bottles or bladder (2 liters total capacity)
  • Sunhat

What's Not Included (Recommended)

  • A cold or frozen bottle of water or Gatorade (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  • Sunglasses
  • Knee braces (if needed)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Gratuity for your guide

Food: What To Expect

Day hike tours include energizing trail snacks and a delicious picnic lunch. Your guide will customize the food for your hike, but a typical lunch consists of gourmet sandwiches or wraps, fruit, veggies, chips, drinks and a dessert. On wintery or cold days you may be treated to soup or a hot, freshly cooked lunch (if you’d prefer a hot meal, please let us know!)

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Estes Park by 7am or earlier the morning of your hike. If you are traveling into town the day of the tour, you will meet at the Estes Park Mountain Shop – 2050 Big Thompson Ave, Estes Park, CO.

Tours hiking above the tree line or attempting mountain summits will begin before sunrise. An early start is essential for safety to avoid afternoon thunderstorms.

Your guide will contact you approximately one week before your hike to coordinate the exact time and location of your rendezvous in Estes Park, as it may also be affected by weather forecasts.

Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Group Size and Age Restrictions

The maximum group size on this hiking tour is 10 guests. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we’ll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:

  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval on a case by case basis

Weather in the Colorado Rockies

Being a high mountain environment, the Rocky Mountains are prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in Colorado’s high country. On trips in June, snow is a slight possibility, and the rest of the summer rain is always a possibility on your trip. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). See below for average summer temperatures:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

MonthHighLow
June71°48°
July79°55°
August78°53°
September69°45°
October61°38°

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (3 reviews)
Karyn R.
5.0

AMAZING Day

6 months ago

We had an AMAZING day with Floyd on our hike to Chasm Lake. We lucked out with beautiful weather, blue skies and the smoke subsided that day, so our views were incredible! Floyd was a great guide! Taught us about different wildlife, history of the area (avalanche and flooding), weather, hiking tips, and some great hiking stories! Not only that but he packed us a wonderful lunch full of goodies and we all sat on the best rock at the lake for our lunch. We were big into taking pics and Floyd was also a great photographer. We had a great hike and can't wait to head west again for more hiking.

Peggy R.
5.0

Amazing Guide!

8 months ago

Our guide Hayley was amazing! She was very communicative before the trip and answered all of our questions. During the trip she was very informative, personable (we loved hearing all of her stories!) and helped set the pace so we wouldn't burn out at the end. Her lunch and snack selections were spot on. Without Hayley's guidance, we likely wouldn't have made it to Chasm Lake, but she helped us accomplish our hiking goals. Thank you Hayley!

Issei N.
5.0

We Had a Great Time

8 months ago

Our guide Floyd has a lot of knowledge about culture, ecosystem, and environment of Rocky Mountain National Park, so we learned lot and had a great time. Lunch boxes he prepared was excellent because he brought Japanese food and veggies he grew.

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