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.
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!
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).
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.
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!
Dates & Pricing
Jun 24Jun 28$2095 (based on 10+) USD
Jun 23Jun 27$2095 USD
Jul 21Jul 25$2095 USD
Above Costs Include:
- 2 days of guided hiking
- 1 day of guided optional rock climbing
- All transportation (including airport pick and drop off)
- Breakfast and lunch each day
- Trail snacks
Cost Does Not Include:
- 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