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.
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.