Posted by: Flying Cacher. Chiquita. A big thanks to all who have made it possible to continue this website! All-aboard for a mega peak day. Challenging in mileage and elevation gain, the Chapin, Chiquita and Ypsilon route, or the CCY, is a great hike to get your heart pumping and gain a vantage of Rocky Mountain National Park’s many areas while traversing the unique environment of the alpine tundra. Mt. Crossing the river shouldn't be taken lightly. Please Note: The description provided here requires a two-vehicle shuttle. This hike description follows the unmaintained trail along the northwestern slopes of Mt. The 4.5 mile hike to this secluded waterfall follows the Ypsilon Lake trail, a demanding trek through the thick woods of the Mummy Range. 47 comments. Chiquita. Follow the signs to the Fall River Entrance of the Park. The Chapin-Chiquita-Ypsilon Trifecta, aka "Mommies’ Day Out" ftfunmom. (76), Comments When you eventually return to your vehicle, you will have to continue driving west to the Trail Ridge Road Visitor Center and then drive back down to Estes Park on Trail Ridge Road, assuming you came from the Front Range. Ypsilon from the east side is a rugged distinctive looking mountain with a Y shaped couloir. You'll be hiking on mostly tundra that will give way to more embedded rocks and some rocky talus. Ypsilon Mountain may be climbed year around with the most popular time being the summer months from May to September. 0:00. For both trailheads enter the Park on the east side from Estes Park. From Estes Park, follow HWY 34 or the bypass west to the Fall River Visitor Center and entrance station. A straight shot back to the TH from Mt Ypsilon without crossing Chiquita or Chapin is 3.6 miles. The hike starts easy enough at the Lawn Lake trailhead and I follow that trail approximately 2 miles to the Ypsilon trail cutoff. $10 per person or $20 per car, which ever is less, for a 7 day pass or purchase a season pass for all National Parks for $50 and is good for all National Parks for 1 year from date of purchase. 14ERS WITHIN 5 MILES. Play. By Tim Briese. Don't miss out on the views down into the cirque surrounding the Spectacle Lakes. It's nominally 9 miles out and back, with 2200 feet of elevation change. One-way mileage & elevation gain for Ypsilon are measured from the summit of Mount Chiquita. We are working quickly to resolve this issue. However from the west side it s a high alpine hike over open tundra on easy slopes. MT. You just get used to them." Chiquita, Ypsilon Mountain trip report My friend and running buddy talked me into getting a "mommy's day off" and going mountain climbing with her. A round trip hike to all three, as described here, racks up 8.4 miles with 3,050' elevation gain. Since Mount Chapin is a ranked 12er, you might consider tagging it as you pass by, but for the approach to Chiquita, Ypsilon, Fairchild and Hagues, the goal is to reach the saddle between Chapin and Mount Chiquita. N 40° 27.431 W 105° 40.872. Blitzen Ridge. A suitable family hike, if done as an out-and-back from Chapin Pass TH, but because of the overall distance, may not be suitable for younger children. Both camping and bivy sites require permits that are obtained from RMNP's Backcountry Office which can be reached at 970-586-1242. The sun peeked over the mountains in Rocky Mountain National Park and back-lit the aspens as they shimmied in the breeze. Chapin and Ypsilon Mountain in the east and the Never Summer Mountains in the west. The hike to Ypsilon Lake is a 9-mile round-trip journey along a heavily forested trail in the Mummy Range of Rocky Mountain National Park. Chapin to the peaks of both Mt. These range from the class 3 Donner ridge and the Classic III 5.4 Blitzen Ridge to the more difficult snow and ice climbs associated with the cirque.To access the Chapin Pass Trailhead, follow FRR for a total of about 9 miles. The Fullscreen. Chiquita and Ypsilon Mountain. You will begin at the Chapin Creek Trailhead and come out at the Lawn lake TH. 137. Please note that we've identified some data discrepancies regarding mileages and elevations, especially on peaks that utilizes approaches and sequenced routes to complete a 'circuit' of peaks. This Rocky Mountain National Park hike is pretty exposed and can get windy, so you’ll definitely want to come prepared for colder weather! With all our detours the hike … Class 2. Turn right onto the Fall River Road and almost immediately right again into the Lawn Lake Trailhead parking area. From the Lawn Lake Trailhead, the trail begins with a number of switchbacks, taking you out of the canyon floor. Check the park website for additional information about which campgrounds allow advance reservations and how to obtain those. Class 2. Mt Ypsilon Trip Report. Chiquita & 12,454 ft Mt. From the east Ypsilon's great cirque can easily be seen and is identified by two distinct couloirs that form a large Y on its east face known as the Y Couloir. The Southwest Ridge presents serious avalanche danger in the winter. away. Too much snow to make it to the falls but still worth the hike! Continue west on HWY34 about 2 miles to an intersection just past Sheep Lakes. Ypsilon Lake sits in a wooded basin along the eastern slopes of Ypsilon Mountain and Mount Chiquita. away. Site migration is now complete. One of the most beautiful mountains in the park. This article describes the hike to the summit of Mt. Please Note: This peak is included as part of a sequenced, two-vehicle shuttle route description for the Mummy range, including Ypsilon Mountain, Fairchild, Hagues and Mummy. Chapin Pass to Chiquita-Ypsilon-Fairchild . Enroute to the summit you can easily take in the summits of both Mount Chapin and Mount Chaquita which offer excellent views of the rugged east side of the Mummy Range. The left side of the cirque is Donner Ridge, a nice 4th-class hike. This hike includes more elevation gain than the hike to Sky Pond. From here hike faded trails along the ridge to the Ypsilon’s astonishing summit. AVALANCHE AND CLIMBING ALONE—Colorado, Mt. The more technical routes (up to IV 5.9) associated with the East face involve an easy but long approach and the routes are long and sustained with the descent often being as difficult as the climb. Chiquita in the heart of the Mummy Range, and is fed by a waterfall near the point where the trail intersects with the lake. Mt. None: Routes and Reports. 1.00 mi. Parents refers to a larger category under which an object falls. The overall terrain holds a lot of tundra with trail possibly as far as Mount Chiquita, but expect embedded rocks and boulders and some talus. This TH provides easy access to the short and easy class 2 Southwest Ridge. Ypsilon Mountain is a moderate day hike out-and-back from Chapin Pass TH or part of a longer single day clean out of the Mummy Range. From here it is about 3.5 miles to the summit. Those maps only show it as far as a little above treeline. Permits are limited and currently cost $15. Chapin Mountains is a great adventure. This trailhead provides access to the climbs on the east face of Ypsilon. ( If coming from Grand Lake across Trail Ridge Road, at Deer Ridge Junction, turn left onto HWY34 and drive under two miles to the intersection with the Fall River Road where you will turn left, then right into the parking for the Lawn Lake Trail.) Continue to follow this trail for another 5 miles to Ypsilon Lake. © 2021 The Climbing Cooneys. Ypsilon Lake sits at the base of 13,514-foot Ypsilon Mountain and 13,069-foot Mt. Sommer believed Boicourt to be in the Ypsilon Lake area. All Rights Reserved. A must do summit for climbers and hikers visiting the Park. Ypsilon Lake - 8.75 Miles Round-Trip Ypsilon Lake (10,632') is located 4.4 miles from Lawn Lake Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park.It lies in a confined, heavily wooded basin on the east slope of Ypsilon Mountain (13,514') and Mount Chiquita (13,069') in the Mummy Range. Printable map shows the Chiquita-Ypsilon section of peaks for cleaning out the Mummy Range peaks in RMNP. ROUTES. Camping related to Ypsilon Mountain is only allowed in the Ypsilon Lake area. From the Lawn Lake TH, continue driving west to the end of the pavement at the Endovalley picnic area, another 2 miles. Includes a printable map with elevation profile, photographs of the hike, and how to get there. The lake is not on Ypsilon Mountain per se but is so named because of its proximity. All rights reserved. If your sole intention is Ypsilon Mountain, follow the trail to Mt. Although we bypassed Chapin due to biting winds and redundancy of views, either Chapin or Chiquita would still be outstanding destinations by themselves. The Hike: The hike to Ypsilon Falls begins on Lawn Lake Trail, and follows the ridge above Horseshoe Park and Horseshoe Falls. For example, the Originally we planned to do Flattop Mountain, but as we talked in the car, we found that we both had Chapin/Chiquita/Ypsilon on our bucket lists. Though the hike has its moments, there are other hikes in the park that provide more variety of scenery with less effort. Passenger vehicle accessible, but check on conditions of the Fall River Road in RMNP. But if you like tundra hikes that rewards you at the end with good views, you might like this hike. From the Chapin Pass TH, head NE on the Chapin Creek trail toward Chapin Pass and then turn east on another trail that leads to Mt. The easiest and shortest route, the Southwest Ridge is a mere class 2 walk up over tundra (no clear trail) from Chapin Pass to the summit. At the saddle, head NNE to the summit of Ypsilon following along the broad ridge with the same kind of terrain. The Chapin Creek TH is located on the "Old Fall River Road" in Rocky Mountain National Park. Its rugged southeast face make it one of the most distinctive peaks in the Park. Fairchild Mountain. From the entrance travel 2.3 miles and take a right onto Fall River Road (FRR). There is no "at-large" camping allowed within RMNP, neither can you camp overnight at any of the trailheads. Round-trip figures assume completion of the entire circuit. Most East face routes are accessible from this area. This is where your very long hike will begin. Descend north from Chiquita to the saddle at 12,786 ft. over similar, mostly tundra, and some embedded rock, boulders and talus encountered on the hike up Chiquita. Ypsilon Mountain sits in the Northern part of Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) in a range known as the Mummy Range. Ypsilon Mountain is a moderate day hike out-and-back from Chapin Pass TH or part of a longer single day clean out of the Mummy Range. This hike requires going thru a not too well-maintained trail to the northwestern hills of Mt. No trail leads to these prominent summits in the Mummy Range, but a well-established route follows contour lines and saddles to each. The highlight, though, it the sweeping panoramic views in every direction, including views of Mt. Follow the Lawn Lake trail for about 1.3 miles to where the Ypsilon Trail branches off and crosses the Roaring River to the west. Aconcagua mountain page is a child of the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits.' Chiquita & Ypsilon Mountain. Trail: The Blitzen Ridge Class 5.4-5.6, ~12 miles, 6500 ft elevation gain ... We all met at the Lawn Lake trail head at 3:45 AM and set off on our hike and planned to either descend the Donner Ridge or hike to Trail Ridge Road (A friend of Dave's suggested this as a better option). --Johann von Neumann, Routes ... View from Ypsilon Lake Trail last week. Keep right at the fork with the 34 and then you'll take your next left and the parking for the trailhead is the first parking area on your right. Ypsilon is great as a destination or as a stop over while including other peaks in the range. This is a fairly easy, low-angle stroll with summer wildflowers to brighten your way. 0:00. Brian and I left Estes Park and drove into Rocky Mountain National Park shortly after 5 am. Ypsilon. The nearest park campground is the "Aspenglen." Mummy Kill (aka Mummy Mania) llamaman. Other options consist mainly of bivy sites in the area. At 8:43 a.m. on July 6, 1976, Christopher Sommer telephoned ROMO Dispatch to report an overdue friend, Jim Boicourt (29). The views from the summit include the rest of the Mummy Range as well as the Never Summer, Medicine Bow and the Long's Peak Massif. But keep an eye on the weather as … The backcountry office will aid you in finding the one that best suits your climbing needs. This road is One Way, uphill from the access point. View Comments. Please Note: The route description for this climb is part of a two-vehicle shuttle that included all the 13ers of the Mummy Range in one day. An entrance fee into the park is required. See route descriptions for Mount Chiquita, Fairchild Mountain, Hagues Peak and Mummy Mountain for complete details. Compared to other parts of the park, the summits in the Mummy Range see much less traffic which greatly adds to their beauty. The bridge that crosses the Roaring River is out, a result of the 2013 flood. (9), Rocky Mountain National Park & Indian Peak Wilderness-USGS-TOPO Mega Maps, Hiking, Mountaineering, Trad Climbing, Ice Climbing, Mixed, Scrambling. Though many if not most passenger cars can negotiate this road successfully, you'll be more comfortable in a higher clearance vehicle. Leave one vehicle here. The Old Fall River road, is a graded dirt road. Ypsilon Lake is named for the mountain that towers to 13,514 feet from the northwest shore of Ypsilon Lake. Describes the Ypsilon Lake trail, a 4.7 mile hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. When reaching the saddle at 1.5 miles between Chapin and Chiquita, traverse behind the mountain the path of least resistance North, rather than ascending straight up. CHIQUITA (13,069’) YPSILON MOUNTAIN (13,514’) MT. Aconcagua mountain itself has many routes, photos, and trip reports as children. Google Map. Please submit any useful information about climbing Mount Ypsilon that may be useful to other climbers. Mountain Conditions can be obtained from a several places. ... You can hike only to the summit of Ypsilon if you choose to, however we did the "CCY" route, Chapin, Chiquita & Ypsilon which is quite a hike. ... Buzzed By a Plane At The Top of Mt Democrat. the SE face of Ypsilon Mountain is one of the only steep faces in the Mummy Range and is guaranteed to be an escape from the crowds. Altitude in Feet: 13514: Visit Instructions: If within park boundaries, you must camp in the designated campgrounds. Parking is limited and is found along the sides of the road so get there early. Chapin, Mt. From Chapin Pass TH, Ypsilon is accessible over generally easy terrain that begins with trail access. "In mathematics you don't understand things. Printable map shows routes for Mount Chiquita and Ypsilon Mountain as part of an overall Mummy range clean-out. Note: This route description is part of a sequenced route that includes the entire Mummy Range as part of a single day hike with a two-vehicle shuttle. 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