Ranger | 2996 pts
I did this trail on 4/2/19, a cold and snowy day in the Colorado Rockies. I did it with a friend because the lake is at the bottom of Ypsilon Mountain which is reached by another trail that I had done last summer. The trailhead is in the Rocky Mountain National Park, not far from the Fall River Entrance near Estes Park. The description of the trail and how to get to the trailhead in the book shown here are accurate. The trail starts at about 8500 ft and it was not covered with snow as we started. That changed after a mile or two and we had to use snowshoes. The snow-covered trail itself was readily discernable as we went up but the falling snow was coming down hard and quickly covering our tracks. The trail is a bit long (8.6 miles) and challenging to do with snowshoes because of the climb, about 2000 ft. Not much to see until you get to the end and we didn't quite make it to Ypsilon Lake because it was cold and snowy and getting late. We were short by only about 0.25 miles though and even the lower Chipmunk Lake was pretty. I will have to return once the snow melts. Total time was 5:49 with a 45 min break for lunch.