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Chapin Pass - Lower Fork

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An alternate route of the Chapin Pass Trail that branches off to meet treeline before reconnecting.


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1.1

Miles

1.7

KM

76%

Runnable

12,042' 3,670 m

High

11,428' 3,483 m

Low

614' 187 m

Up

23' 7 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

46%

Max Grade (25°)

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This trail is very similar to the Chapin Pass Trail in nature. You'll need to head out on the Chapin Pass Trail initially just to reach this spur, which branches to the north just over 1/2 mile in. From there, this trail is a little less rocky than the Chapin Pass Trail, which can aid in navigation. However, this route ascends a bit quicker away from treeline, making it a strenuous route. Follow the spur until it rejoins the Chapin Pass Trail, and you can continue on your summit bid.

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Nathan Jamieson

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Right at the beginning of the trail
Jul 25, 2017 near Estes Park, CO
Small creek I crossed just before rejoining the main trail back.
Aug 16, 2016 near Estes Park, CO
Looking toward the northwest over Chapin Creek. On the left you can see Alpine Visitor Center in the distance
Aug 16, 2016 near Estes Park, CO
The only water source on the trail
Jul 25, 2017 near Estes Park, CO
Steep descent with beautiful views
Jul 25, 2017 near Estes Park, CO

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