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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Boulder Area

Quick Facts

Chasm Falls Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,560 Feet (2668.3 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 400 Feet (124.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 8,960 Feet (2793.0 Meters) at Chasm Falls
Length: 2.5 Miles (4.17 Kilometers)
TI Topo Maps: Rocky Mountain National Park, #200




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General Description

This is a winter route up the lower end of Old Fall River Road, open for hiking while the road is closed during the winter months.

From the West Alluvial Fan parking lot, hike 1.5 miles to the junction of Endovalley Road and Old Fall River Road. Along the way, you will pass the remains of cabins used by the prison laborers who built Old Fall River Road early in the century. At the road junction, take the right fork and continue up Old Fall River Road one mile to the falls. Upon reaching Chasm Falls, notice beautiful but dangerous ice formations. Negotiate this zone with caution.

Directions from Estes Park: Follow Highway 34 into Horshoe Park. Turn onto Endovalley Road at the west end of Horseshoe Park and follow Endovalley Road over the bridge to the road closure.



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Chasm Falls Trail
Yes
ICON Winter Hiking This is a good route during the winter months when the road is closed. Lighter snowfall on the east side of the park leaves some low elevation trails open for hiking, without the aid of skis or snowshoes. Before each outing, check with park rangers for local snow conditions and current avalanche hazards.
Yes



Related Activities
Old Fall River Road - Fall River Road is an alternative to Trail Ridge Road, for reaching Fall River Pass. It is a one-way gravel road with many switchbacks and connects with Trail Ridge Road.



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