Mount Chiquita

Estes Park, Colorado 80511

Mount Chiquita

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"There are many opportunities for adventure in Rocky Mountain National Park, but perhaps none come as more of a surprise than that which you may find on lonely Mount Chiquita in the southern Mummy Range. Chiquita is a “soft-ranked” thirteener (meaning it could qualify as hard ranked if interpolated elevations were not used for either its summit or its connecting saddle with Ypsilon Mountain), and it is in fact the lowest thirteener in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Chiquita lives in a range known for its long approaches, and the peak itself doesn’t hold much in the way of interesting mountaineering routes, so upon first glance it is easy to overlook this sleeping giant. As fortune would have it the best route on the mountain is clearly visible as you drive along Trail Ridge Road. In Ron Haddad’s ski-mountaineering book Front Range Descents, he mentions the Banana Couloir, the name of which was in fact derived from the popular produce company, Chiquita."

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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
4,519 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Year-round. Best early May to mid-June.
8,550 feet
Trailhead Elevation
13,069 feet
Top Elevation
Trails Illustrated #200: Rocky Mountain National Park; USGS: Trail Ridge.
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Dec 2018