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3 Peak Trek: Chapin, Chaquita, and Ypsilon - 1 day

Leave the beaten trail and climb three of the most iconic peaks in Rocky Mountain NP

3 Peak Trek: Chapin, Chaquita, and Ypsilon - 1 day

Leave the beaten trail and climb three of the most iconic peaks in Rocky Mountain NP

On this guided hike in Rocky Mountain National Park you will leave the beaten path and climb three of the most iconic peaks Chapin, Chaquita, and Ypsilon. Each summit sitting well over 12,000ft, with Ypsilon topping out at 13,514 ft. These iconic peaks are visible from almost everywhere in the Estes valley, but are seldom hiked.

Most of this hike occurs above tree line, taking us on a steady uphill walk along tundra littered with wildflowers and stunning views of nearby mountain ranges. This hike is an opportunity to conquer three peaks instead of just one, which means three opportunities to feel the rush of reaching the pinnacle of the mountain.

OVERVIEW:

Duration: 6:00am- 2pm

Distance: 8 miles

Elevation: 11,020 ft – 13,514 ft

Difficulty: Difficult

Group pricing available 4+ guests

Trip ITINERARY

3 Peak Trek - 1 Day

Summit: Chapin (12,454ft), Chaquita (13,075ft) , and Ypsilon (13,520ft)

Leave the beaten trail and climb three of the most iconic peaks, which are visible from almost everywhere in the Estes valley. Most of the hike occurs above tree line, taking us on a steady uphill walk along tundra littered with wildflowers and stunning views of nearby mountain ranges. This hike is an opportunity to conquer three peaks instead of just one, which means three opportunities to feel the rush of reaching the pinnacle of the mountain.

We begin the hike at Chapin Pass near the top of Old Fall River Road, a thrilling one-way car ride that brings us to a starting elevation of 11,020 feet. Steep stairs get the heart pumping right off the bat, but once we reach tree line, the trail ends as we pick our way to the summits. Depending on the time of year, we may catch a breathtaking sunrise from the top. After summiting the three peaks, we will begin the descent before the afternoon thunderstorms hit.

While these hikes are strenuous and exposed to weather, they are great climbs for all levels of hiking experience. Consider acclimatizing in Estes Park for a day or two before attempting this hike, as the high altitude can affect even the most in-shape participants.

Additional Trip Info

  • Breakfast and lunch prepared by our chef
  • Private transportation to and from your hotel in Estes Park
  • First aid kit
  • Professional Mountain guide

* We take only small groups & private trips, to enhance the experience giving you the full attention of our guides and staff.

  • Water: please bring at least 2 liters per person
  • Additional snacks (bring high energy snacks like granola bars)
  • Voluntary Tips for Guide

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