Chapin Pass Trail

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado 80517

Elevation Gain2,202ft
Trailhead Elevation11,038ft
Elevation Min/Max11038/13051ft
Elevation Start/End11038/11038ft

Chapin Pass Trail

Chapin Pass Trail is a hiking trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is within Rocky Mountain National Park. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 11,038 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,202 feet. The Chapin Pass Trailhead information board and the Chapin Creek Trailhead parking are near the trailhead. There is also parking. The Off The Map Tarn and Off The Trail Tarn waters can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near Mount Chiquita (elevation 13,051 feet). There are also shelters near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Chapin Creek Trail, Chapin Pass Trail - Lower Fork and Chiquita Mountain Bypass.

Chapin Pass Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Travel the scenic Old Fall River Road, one of the first roads constructed for automobiles to cross the Continental Divide. Scenic Old Fall River Road is one of the many treasures of Rocky Mountain National Park. The rushing waters of Fall River can be seen on the left, as you ascend this one-way road up a steep canyon to connect with Trail Ridge Road. The good dirt road, suitable for regular cars, is open from late June until early October.

A descriptive booklet about the route can be purchased at Park Visitor Centers. Completed in 1920, it was one of the first roads built for autos to cross over the Continental Divide. Early auto tourists had trouble mastering its steep grades (as much as 16% in places) and 16 tight switchbacks. Trail Ridge Road superseded it in 1932. Mount Chapin is the most southerly peak of the Mummy Range and honors alpinist Frederick Chapin who explored the summits around Estes Park area in the 1880s and wrote the classic, early guidebook, Mountaineering in Colorado."

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Trail Information

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Rocky Mountain National Park
Skill Level
Rocky Mountain National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Trail Ridge
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Oct 2018