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    Mount Chiquita Hike


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    Revel in the grandeur of the Rocky Mountain National Park and the Front Range peaks from the summit of Mount Chiquita. The Mount Chiquita Hike is an epic excursion that reveals the beauty and diversity of the Colorado wilderness.

    Route Description for Mount Chiquita Hike

    The Mount Chiquita Trail is a great summit hike for those dipping their toes into peak ascents in the Rocky Mountain National Park. The gradual grade and easy terrain are manageable for novice adventurers and families with older children alike. Begin your lifelong love of summit hikes with the Mount Chiquita Trail. As the path is exposed at a high altitude, we recommend checking the forecast prior to your climb to mitigate the chances of getting caught in an afternoon storm, which are so common to the area. If you venture in the autumn or winter, we highly suggest microspikes or snowshoes to help navigate the snowy terrain. Located within the Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), visitors are required to purchase a pass.

    Embark on your journey along the Mount Chiquita Hike from the Chapin Pass Trailhead. From here, follow the Chapin Pass Trail north. Shortly after your departure, you will encounter an intersection, veer right, and the Chapin Pass Trail will guide you east through the sparse pine tree coverage. At the next junction, keep right along the path as it guides you along the rocky ridge. Notice Mount Chapin on your right and hike across the saddle to the summit of Mount Chiquita.

    At the next fork in the road, keep right and ascend the peak. From the summit of Mount Chiquita, you will be rewarded with expansive mountain vistas. Revel in the scenery from atop the peak and notice Ypsilon Mountain across the saddle in the north. Appreciate the breathtaking views before beginning your descent. When you are ready, simply follow the path the way you came, retracing your steps back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Mount Chiquita Hike Trailhead

    The Mount Chiquita Hike departs from the Chapin Pass Trailhead off the Old Fall River Road.

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      Older Children only

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    • Route Type:

      Out and back

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