RMNP - Chapin (12,454ft), Chiquita (13,069ft), Ypsilon (13,514ft)

Let's hike some peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park. We will hike 3-4 peaks on this hike, all over 12,000ft (most over 13,000ft) in elevation, distance about 9-12 miles. I have NOT hiked these peaks. Be self-sufficient, you are hiking at your own risk.

The vote is overwhelming for Chapin (12,454ft), Chiquita (13,069ft) and Ypsilon (13,514ft) so I am closing out the poll and updating the hike. WooHoo!

From Chapin TH: Chapin is 2.4 miles one way, starting elevation 11,020, 1,434 ft elevation gain. A trail starts out at the trailhead and goes for a bit, there is no maintained trail to the summit. Chiquita is another .6 of a mile, descend 400 ft, then back up 1,000 ft, no maintained trail. Ypsilon is another 1 mile, descend 300 ft, then back up 700 ft, no maintained trail. Possibly we could add Fairchild, another 13er, a class 3.

http://www.summitpost.org/mount-chapin/153114

http://www.summitpost.org/mount-chiquita/151816

http://www.summitpost.org/ypsilon-mountain/151685

http://www.tomlauren.com/trails/rmnp/topos/Ypsilon%20Mtn.JPG

http://www.13ers.com/routeprt.php?route=201307142200016208

Be prepared to be an active participant in this hike as some route finding may be involved!

Please be at the Stone Cup, http://www.thestonecup.com/, by 6:00am and we will carpool to the trailhead from there as parking is limited within the National Park. I would love to carpool from Niwot! And work with each other to come up with other carpools. Please bring your Park Pass if you have one. Plan on an average hiking pace of at least 2 miles an hour, bring energy foods, lunch, lots of water, sunscreen, dress in layers, be prepared for changes in weather, perhaps hiking poles and bug repellent, etc. Be self-sufficient, you are hiking at your own risk.

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  • Gretchen

    It would have been cool if everyone made it to the summits. Truly was an awesome day with stormy weather that was non-threatening even though some Bozo came running off the mountain screaming fire.

    1 · August 13, 2013

    • Bonnie

      Glad you made it! Yeah, that "bozo" did make us all nervous. But we had a great day anyway. Missed you though! :)

      August 14, 2013

    • Gretchen

      I seriously need to finish a hike with you.

      August 14, 2013

  • Maria

    Not as planned but still nice. Great to spend the day with such flexible and easy-going company. Thanks Bonnie!

    August 14, 2013

  • Bonnie

    Even though most of us did not make it to the planned summits ended up being a great day! Beautiful lollipop loop hiked in the Mummy Range area. Breath-taking views on Trail Ridge Rd with the clouds, rain and snow. Had a fun time hiking Lily Mtn and could not have asked for better company!

    August 14, 2013

  • Dean Van Z.

    This was a fantastic day, with a really good variety of weather and trails. Great to be flexible and spontaneous! Thanks Bonnie!

    August 13, 2013

  • Sandy G.

    I'm a little jealous, but we had a great day too! Ended up hiking Lily Mountain where we felt a little more protected. Did you do all 3 summits?

    August 13, 2013

    • Gretchen

      I was hoping to see you standing behind me. I did Chiquita and Ypsilon and was back at the car by 1:15.

      August 13, 2013

  • Gretchen

    Running late, don't wait I'll catch up.

    August 13, 2013

  • Sandy G.

    I am going to give it a shot. I will be at Gateway Visitor Center at 6:45. Hope you see there. (If you're not there by 7:00, I will just go to the trailhead.

    August 13, 2013

  • Dom

    Need to cancel my RSVP at the last minute due to a lack of a ride to Stone Cup. Sorry.

    August 13, 2013

  • Russell C.

    Tough 14'er today and now i'm needing a rest day!

    August 12, 2013

  • Russell C.

    Tough 14'er today and now I'm hurting - next time!

    August 12, 2013

  • Bonnie

    Email me a phone # if you are not meeting at the Stone Cup. I don't have a cell but I am sure someone will. For now assume the hike is on. We will see how it goes.... Thanks!

    August 12, 2013

  • Sandy G.

    I know Gretchen is hoping for snow, but the forecast is calling for 70% chance of thunderstorms after 10am
    http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=40.4688205931956&lon=-105.66272735595703#.Ugl2KW2wUls
    I don't do well with thunder and lightning at high elevations, so may change my rsvp. I live is Estes Park, so would need to meet at Gateway Visitor Center or at the trailhead if I still join you. Any information as far as timing or room in a vehicle would be helpful. Thanks!

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • Bonnie

    Hi Hikers - Just wanted to remind everyone to be prepared and to be self sufficient tomorrow. Weather can change quickly and drastically at high elevations. If there is electricity in the air and/or lightning in our area we will turn around no matter how close we are to a summit. Be prepared for rain, snow or hail, wind, sun, hot and cold. Don't forget lots of water, energy foods, lunch, possibly a first aid kit, whistle and headlamp. Although everyone needs to be self sufficient please look out for your fellow hikers. Listen to what your body tells you and if you need to stop or turn around then do it! Update your rsvp if you are not going to make it. Peace - Bonnie

    August 12, 2013

  • Gretchen

    Bonnie, I’m guessing you guys will be at the trail head approximately 7:45-8:00? Maybe we’ll get lucky tomorrow and get the first snow storm of the season :)

    August 12, 2013

    • Bonnie

      Gretchen - Hoping to leave Lyons no later than 6:15am.

      1 · August 12, 2013

  • Dom

    Can someone give me a ride to Stone Cup from Boulder?
    Dom

    August 11, 2013

    • Bonnie

      I am coming from Niwot. Anyone coming from Boulder?

      August 12, 2013

  • Suz

    Wish I could join you. Sounds like a terrific day of hiking.

    August 12, 2013

  • Bonnie

    Added some links, www.summitpost.org/mount-chapin/153114, www.summitpost.org/mount-chiquita/151816, www.summitpost.org/ypsilon-mountain/151685, www.tomlauren.com/trails/rmnp/topos/Ypsilon%20Mtn.JPG

    August 7, 2013

    • Gretchen

      Where's the Fairchild link?

      August 7, 2013

    • Bonnie

      All the summit post link says in regards to the route we are doing is "This mountain can also be climbed via its connecting ridge to Ypsilon Mountain." I will add this though - http://www.13ers.com/...­

      1 · August 7, 2013

  • Lindsay L.

    Sounds fun!

    August 7, 2013

  • Paul

    I would love to join but I can't get off work that day and am doing Elbert Friday. I hope more like this come up soon, especially weekends...

    August 7, 2013

  • Gretchen

    Yeah!

    August 4, 2013

  • Bonnie

    Don't forget to vote for which hike you want to do at http://www.meetup.com/Boulder-Social-Hikers/polls/. Polls will stay open until 8/5. The route not chosen for this date will be done on 8/27. Thanks!

    August 1, 2013

  • Gretchen

    I was possibly planning on doing Yipsilon and maybe Fairchild if the mood strikes on this day. What peaks do you have in mind?

    July 24, 2013

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