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Ypsilon Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.1 (15)

A trail that ascends 1500 feet from Lawn Lake Trail to Ypsilon Lake.


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Map Key

3.0

Miles

4.8

KM

72%

Runnable

10,721' 3,268 m

High

9,200' 2,804 m

Low

1,538' 469 m

Up

185' 56 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

39%

Max Grade (22°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This trail spurs off of the Lawn Lake Trail about a mile and a half north of the Lawn Lake Trailhead. If starting from this trailhead and running to Ypsilon Lake, be ready for around 4 miles of ascent from 8,600 ft to 10,700 ft.

Cross the Roaring River on a wooden bridge and start ascending the trail. The Ypsilon Lake Trail climbs steeply up the hillside away from the river. Once the trail turns from southwest to northwest, the grade lessens significantly and views of the valley floor and Ypsilon Mountain become spectacular.

Continue northwestward on the trail for another 2.5 miles through beautiful coniferous forest. Eventually, you'll reach a small but beautiful lake (Chipmunk Lake) that serves as a warm-up for Ypsilon Lake. Shortly after passing Chipmunk Lake, the trail crests a ridge and then descends steeply to Ypsilon Lake.

Contacts

Shared By:

Brian Smith with improvements by David Johnson and 1 other

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  4.1 from 15 votes

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The bridge across Roaring River has been rebuilt, providing easy access to the Ypsilon Trail.
Jul 4, 2017 near Estes Park, CO
Ypsilon Mountain, RMNP (Fall 1979) with permission from BoulderTraveler
Jan 19, 2015 near Estes Park, CO

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