Yipsilon Lake Trail

MODERATE 35 reviews
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Yipsilon Lake Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from May until September. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2395 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
11 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

A nice hike from the lawn lake trailhead in RMNP, even though this area is more lightly trafficked than other be prepared for heavy crowds after 10 am. A steady climb to the lakes is well worth it, with great views and some peaceful solitude if you get there early. Continue on past ypsilon lake to the spectacle lakes by climbing to the left of the waterfall until you reach a series of wooden foot bridges which will eventually lead to a boulder field marked with rock cairns. Even if you don't make it all the way to the spectacle lakes the climb to the top of the waterfall will reveal a panorama of smaller falls cascading from Chiquita lake. It is well worth the effort to make to extra scramble. Happy Hiking!

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

We just hiked up to Chipmunk Pond, and found the view there to be very rewarding and beautiful. Quite a lot of steady elevation gain, so be prepared for that. We saw a bear on the trail as well, but we kept our distance and he ran off. Overall, great hike we'd do again.

26 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

Hiked on 6/25/17. Very little snow at descent to Chipmunk Pond. Fewer than 10 people at Lake. Downed trees have been removed. Bear sighting about .75mi from the Roaring River foot bridge. Bring your lungs. This is a decent uphill hike most of the way.

1 month ago

This's was an absolute gorgeous hike. I would recommend getting an early start and make sure you are wearing shoes with good traction on them because it might be a little muddy due to the last of the snow melting off the trail. The lake at the end is absolutely worth it, and a great spot to have a mid hike lunch.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful hike through a tree lined path. Nice river views and a waterfall that flows into Ypsilon Lake. Snow started around upper Chipmunk Lake and soon completely covered the path. Used GPS to help guide me to the falls and Ypsilon. Many downed trees made it difficult to get a good picture of the falls. This has been my favorite hike so far (ran into less than 15 people).

hiking
1 month ago

This is a beautiful hike, especially descending near sunset. I didn't make it all the way to the lake due to snow conditions and lateness. Currently, patchy snow starts at 10,300 and is solid by 10,600. At about 10,700, tracks in the snow go off in different directions, and on the north-facing slope down into the lake, snowshoes are needed to avoid deep postholing. I will definitely return here in a few weeks. FYI, some reviews from last year indicate a sketchy creek crossing at the Ypsilon trail branch. There is now an "official" log bridge across the creek.

backpacking
1 month ago

This one was tough for a first time backcountry backpacking trip. We learned a tough lesson about cheap packs and packing too much. Stayed at Upper Chipmunk (no other campers) so it was awesome. Made the rest of the trek up to Ypsilon to check out the waterfall we could hear from camp. Even though it was rainy and cool, it was beautfiul. Would have liked to see more wildlife though. Just saw chipmunks, a few different species of birds, and a marmot. Even though it was tough, it was worth it. I would recommend it as a day trip so you can pack lighter. If you plan on camping, go during the week when less are on the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, but you can't currently (as of 5/28) get past the boulder field about 3.7 miles in, without snowshoes. The snow was melting and quite slippery for the last half a mile before the boulder field. This hike is mostly through the forest, which I like. You won't get a lot of grand views, but a beautiful hike nonetheless.

2 months ago

Had hoped to make it to the lake-so much snow at boulder field and
I didn't have snowshoes. Don't think they would have helped with such snow and melting fast.

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hiking
8 months ago

Mostly flat to the fork, goes next to the river with a view of the alluvial fan. Uphill most of the way through forest, flattens out for the last half mile at the top before dropping a few hundred feet to the lake. You pass chipmunk lake first, but keep going another tenth mile to ypsilon, go on to the south east side of the lake for better views of the surrounding mountains. Took 4 or 5 hours round trip

hiking
9 months ago