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3.0 mile 4.8 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,538' 469 m
Descent: -185' -56 m
High: 10,721' 3,268 m
Low: 9,200' 2,804 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 39% (22°)

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

Brian Smith

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.

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Oct 29, 2018
David Lucas
8.5mi
Sep 29, 2018
Jesus Cortez
Sep 8, 2018
David Johnson
4 miles of pure ascent through mostly covered forest from 8600 ft to 10700 ft. 4.2mi — 2h 30m
Jul 21, 2018
Beau Jennings
1.4 miles and 700 ft elevation to get to the trailhead
Jul 21, 2018
Sara Jennings
Super hard for Texans!! Can’t breathe that high! 9mi
Jul 2, 2018
Lexie Hennen
9mi
Jul 1, 2018
Helene Gaglioti
Jun 30, 2018
Helene Gaglioti
2h 00m

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  3.9 from 13 votes

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#491

in Colorado

#5,861

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Bruce Felix
Longmont
Bruce Felix   Longmont
Great afternoon hike. Ypsilon lake is scenic, but the waterfall and enormous slab area above the lake are spectactular, particularly good for wildflowers when I was there. (Aug) Aug 9, 2015

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