Overview

High Peaks of the Continental Divide

We guarantee that “hiker’s high”, both literally and figuratively, as you work your way towards conquering 7-9 Colorado high peaks in five days.  Our experienced local guides will be there every step of the way along this continental divide trek.  On your rest day, you have the option to rock climb on natural rock!  You will spend each night in the comfort of a mountain lodge and enjoy the local cuisine of Colorado mountain towns.  These peaks include: Mount Chapin (12,454 ft), Mount Chiquita (13,051 ft) Ypsilon Mountain (13,445 ft), Climb Flattop Mountain (12,324 ft), Hallett Peak (12,713 ft), Otis Peak (12,484 ft) and Taylor Peak (13,143 ft). WOW!  Each night’s lodging, breakfast, & lunch included. This is the right way to climb Colorado!

Custom private dates can be requested.

Trip Summary

Days
5
Price
$2095 (10+ people)
Activity Level
Moderate
Trip Type
Trek
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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival and Transport to Estes Park

We will be awaiting your morning arrival to Denver International Airport. From there we will drive up into the mountains of the front range to reach Estes Park, Colorado nestled at the base of the Continental Divide. As we drop into the Estes Park Valley you will get your first glimpse of the stunning Rocky Mountain National Park. This evening will be spent in the comfort of a mountain lodge where we can rest and prepare for the coming adventures.

Difficulty: Easy
Day 2
Climb Mount Chapin (12,454 ft), Mount Chiquita (13,051 ft) and Ypsilon Mountain (13,445 ft)

We will get our first taste of the Colorado high county as we pursue our day’s objective: three peaks forming the iconic Ypsilon massif. Our first stop is Mount Chapin, a worthy tick mark, before heading on to the twin giants of Chiquita and Ypsilon. Rolling alpine meadows will be our hiking terrain with the Rockies in view to the West and the chasm beneath the sheer east faces of Ypsilon and Chiquita to the East. After reaching the summit of Ypsilon, we have an optional two mile extension to West Desolation Peak (12,917). From Ypsilon or Desolation we will head back toward the cars on a slightly more direct descent route. With three or maybe four peaks in the bag on day 2 we will be off to a solid start!

Hiking Time: 6
Difficulty: Moderate
Day 3
Rest Day and optional rock climbing

You put in a big day on day 2 and you have another big day coming on day 4 so we will give the legs some rest on day 3. You will have a few options for how to spend your day. For those who want more physical challenge you can try out outdoor rock climbing (included in tour)! Literally only steps away from your hotel rooms is a natural rock wall where locals love to train for the bigger rock faces in the park. Spend a couple of hours trying your hand at this extreme sport with routes from very beginner to advanced. If climbing sounds a bit too much for your rest day, perhaps a day resting by the river and exploring downtown Estes is more your speed. The day is yours! Take your time and enjoy our picturesque mountain town. Wildlife viewing, fly fishing, horseback riding and many other day tours are also available in Estes Park (These activities not included in the cost of this tour, but we are happy to help with reservations).

Difficulty: Easy
Day 4
Continental Divide Ridge Traverse - Climb Flattop Mountain (12,324 ft), Hallett Peak (12,713 ft), Otis Peak (12,484 ft) and Taylor Peak (13,143 ft)

You will wake up early to eat breakfast and pack up your gear so we can hit the trail as the sun begins to rise. Our hike will start from the Bear Lake trailhead and ascend via the east ridge of Flattop Mountain to the Continental Divide. The trail takes gentle alpine meadows to reach the summit of Flattop and the divide. Once reaching the summit of Flattop Mountain we will continue along the divide ridge to Hallett Peak, Otis Peak and finally Taylor Peak skirting the top of Tyndall Gorge and Chaos Canyon as we go. Finally, we descend the gentle slopes of Andrew’s Glacier, a gentle rolling snow field that is all that remains of the once mighty glaciers that shaped this area. If the miles and elevation are proving more difficult than expected Taylor Peak can be avoided dropping the RT hiking distance to 11 miles. An optional extension for strong groups is to add Powell Peak (13,176 ft) bringing the RT hiking distance to approximately 15 miles.

Hiking Time: 8+
Difficulty: Difficult
Day 5
Downtown Denver or Airport Drop-off

This is your final day in the Colorado Rockies. Wake up a little later and enjoy breakfast before we make the trek back down out of the mountains and on to whatever adventure awaits you next!

Difficulty: Easy

Dates & Pricing

2021

Start
End
Double Occupancy
  • Jun 24
    Jun 28
    $2095 (based on 10+) USD

2022

Start
End
Double Occupancy
  • Jun 23
    Jun 27
    $2095 USD
  • Jul 21
    Jul 25
    $2095 USD

Above Costs Include:

  • 2 days of guided hiking
  • 1 day of guided optional rock climbing
  • Lodging
  • All transportation (including airport pick and drop off)
  • Breakfast and lunch each day
  • Trail snacks

Cost Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Dinners (Group dinners will be scheduled for those who wish to join but each guest will purchase their dinner separately)
  • Personal Hiking Gear
  • Travel Insurance
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