Ypsilon Mountain, elevation 13,514 ft. Eight mile round trip from Chapin Pass. Two thousand five hundred feet of elevation gain from the Chapin Pass Trailhead.
Karen woke me up at 0530 yesterday morning and said she wanted to hike up this mountain, the fifth highest in the park. We had already hiked up Chapin and Chiquita in previous years, so this hike would complete our quest to hike all three (CCY) of these dominant peaks rising above and to the east of the Alpine Visitors Center in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Now if you know me, you know I like to sleep in until about 0730, and I'm not a happy camper until I have my morning coffee. On the other hand, I'm always up for a good hike, so I was happy to climb out of bed and grab the necessary gear for this hike.
Fall has already come to the tundra painting it with shades of gold, orange, and red. We enjoyed the autumn colors on the way up. To save time, distance, and elevation gain, we contoured around Chapin and Chiquita and headed straight up to our goal. Views from the summit were spectacular, as you can see in these pictures.