Ypsilon Summit Route

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado 80517

Elevation Gain1,008ft
Trailhead Elevation12,778ft
Elevation Min/Max12777/13492ft
Elevation Start/End12778/12796ft

Ypsilon Summit Route

Ypsilon Summit Route is a hiking trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is within Rocky Mountain National Park. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 12,778 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,008 feet. The trail ends near Ypsilon Mountain (elevation 13,445 feet) and Mount Chiquita (elevation 13,051 feet). There are also shelters near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Chiquita Mountain Bypass.

Ypsilon Summit Route Professional Review and Guide

"The very dramatic, glacier-carved east face of Ypsilon Mountain cannot be seen by climbers as they head up the much easier to ascend west slope.

A short, steep trudge though pleasant subalpine forest from the trailhead leads to a branch to the right from the Chapin Creek Trail. Follow this branch toward the top of Mount Chapin. At best, 1.5 miles from the trailhead, this branch fades to trackless tundra where your route is a hiker’s choice, infl uenced by whether or not you are peak-bagging Mounts Chapin and Chiquita in addition to Ypsilon Mountain.

Climbing all three is easier walking but of course requires more time—and likely more effort.These three peaks buttress the south end of the Mummy Range above Fall River. Mount Ypsilon was carved by glaciers more extensively than the others. These glaciers formed on the east side of the mountains because snow was dumped there by Mounts Chapin and Chiquita are more dramatic when viewed from the east than from hikers' western approach."

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Trail Information

Rocky Mountain National Park
Nearby City
Rocky Mountain National Park
is open; otherwise, Fall River Pass Distance: 7.0 miles out and back Hiking time: About 6 hours Difficulty: Difficult Trail surface: Dirt Elevation: Chapin Creek Trailhead, 10,640 feet; Ypsilon Mountain, 13,514 feet Best season: Summer Other trail users: Human foot traffic only Canine compatibility: Dogs prohibited Fees and permits: National park entrance fee Trail contacts: Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242; www.nps.gov/romo
Local Contacts
USGS Trail Ridge; Trails Illustrated Rocky Mountain National Park
Local Maps

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Jul 2018