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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

Point to Point

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 hiking 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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#540

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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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Aug 27, 2021
Tsering Drolma
Jul 7, 2020
Brad Costa
Sep 25, 2019
Bruce N
There is a comment that leashed dogs are allowed. This is not true. Dogs are not allowed on any trail in the Park. Please review the Park map
Sep 24, 2019
Il Noh
Aug 11, 2019
Sarah Davis
Jul 27, 2019
Lily Douglas
lovely trail. got caught in a storm on the way back, yikes! lakes are beautiful, in the forest with mountain views above.
Jun 6, 2019
Hannah R
May 12, 2019
Tom LeNeave II