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Chapin on a Saturday

Mount Chapin. © Erik Stensland. Published with permission.

Mount Chapin. © Erik Stensland. Published with permission.

This is Mount Chapin, Rocky Mountain National Park, as it looked yesterday morning. Luckily, Estes Park, Colo., photographer Erik Stensland was there to capture the scene. He posted this on his Facebook page, but you can also find his work at his gallery, Images of RMNP.

Chapin is the southernmost of three peaks often hiked in one trip. The route across Mt. Chapin, Mt. Chiquita, and Ypsilon Mountain is commonly referred to as “CCY.”

From left to right, Chapin (12,454 ft), Chiquita (13,069 ft), and Ypsilon (13,514 ft):

"December Pastels." © Erik Stensland. Published with permission.

“December Pastels.” © Erik Stensland. Published with permission.

14 Comments »

    • My “one trip” was Longs Peak, and I did that in 1979. If you’re talking about the CCY hike, I’ve no plans for that. The best I could do at the moment might be 2 miles on level ground. Of course, Trail Ridge Road affords vistas that even a lot of hikes and peaks can’t provide. Haven’t done that drive recently, but try to do it at least once a year.

    • If you saw Yosemite, you saw one of the most spectacular places in the country. Can’t say for sure, because I’ve never been there. Given a choice though, I’ll always head for natural wonders, not cities.

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