Explore Colorado: Snowshoeing to Chasm Trail

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Jennifer Broome takes us snowshoeing to Chasm Trail in the Rocky Mountain National Park.

 

Rocky Mountain National Park is celebrating its 100th birthday this year.  This time of year iced over waterfalls are amazing sights to see.  Chasm Falls is considered one of the prettiest waterfalls in the park.  The falls are easily accessible in summer but winter offers an entirely different experience.  In winter, you start at the West Alluvial Fan parking area, which was damaged in the September 2013 and now fully restored.  The round trip hike is five miles.  The first mile of the hike is pretty flat but you do gain some elevation as you go up Old Fall River Road.  Chasm Falls Trail is short and steep as you turn off of the road.  The effort is definitely worth it!

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