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Mount Chiquita



5.2 mile 8.4 kilometer loop
68% Runnable


Ascent: 1,934' 590 m
Descent: -1,934' -590 m
High: 13,027' 3,971 m
Low: 11,100' 3,383 m


Avg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)


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Trail shared by Nathan Jamieson

A moderate route with rocky terrain above the tree line, all on the way to a 13,000 ft peak.

Nathan Jamieson

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Old Fall River Road is one-way and closed from October through early July.


If you're seeking a way to summit some of Colorado's iconic peaks and experience one of the more remote areas in Rocky Mountain National Park, this is the perfect route. Starting at Fall River Road, you'll soon find yourself traipsing among the clouds in a high alpine tundra.

Need to Know

Storms come in regularly in the afternoon. So come early and enjoy.

Runner Notes

Most of the path is too steep to run.


Start from the Chapin Creek Trailhead which is off Old Fall River Road. This road is a one-way unpaved road that is only open from early July through September.

From the Chapin Creek Trailhead, you'll run a short distance until you see a sign for the Chapin summit pointing east, on the Chapin Pass Trail. The trail winds through forest until you are almost at the tree line where the trail splits. We will see this trail later but for now take a right to continue a gradual climb on a well-traveled but exposed trail on the back side of Mt Chapin. Once you get close to the saddle between Mt Chapin and Mt Chiquita, there is a faint trail I didn't take to get to the summit of Mt Chapin. Continue straight uphill toward the summit of Mt Chiquita, and you'll follow an obvious but steep rocky trail.

Toward the top the trail is hard to follow but you can easily step from rock to rock to reach the top where you are rewarded with incredible 360-degree views of Rocky Mountain National Park from just over 13,000 ft. There are several man-made wind breaks which are a welcome relief from cold winds. From here you can continue to Ypsilon Mountain on the Ypsilon Summit Route.

On the way back, we chose to take the Chapin Pass - Lower Fork which branches off from the saddle between Chapin and Chiquita. This trail is a little less rocky and drops down quicker to the treeline until it rejoins the Chapin Pass Trail. From this point retrace your steps back to the trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

Marmots, squirrels, and pica are commonly seen. Bighorn sheep can be seen but I didn't encounter any.

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Jun 16, 2018
Raphael Spz
Unmaintained, yet very well marked trail leading to two beautiful peaks. Scenic route, exposed, but no scrambling needed.

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On top of Mt Chiquita looking toward Ypsilon on the left, Lake Ypsilon center, and Estes Park in the distance.
Aug 16, 2016 near Estes Park, CO
On Mt Chiquita looking northwest toward Flatiron Mt and Chapin Creek.
Aug 16, 2016 near Estes Park, CO
One of many marmots along the Chapin Pass Trail
Jul 25, 2017 near Estes Park, CO
In the saddle between Chapin and Chiquita looking southeast.
Aug 16, 2016 near Estes Park, CO
Small creek I crossed just before rejoining the main trail back.
Aug 16, 2016 near Estes Park, CO
The upper route on the back of Mt Chapin looking up at Mt Chiquita and Ypsilon to the left.
Aug 16, 2016 near Estes Park, CO


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