When I think about my favorite destination hikes, the one that comes highest on my list is Mount Ypsilon. It was first recommended to me by a friend and Colorado Hikemaster as a challenging but logistically accessible entry into 13,000+ foot summits.
My first attempt was in 2010 when my father and I navigated the unfamiliar course and misread the topography, mistakenly summiting nearby Mount Chiquita instead. With weather approaching, we choose to turn around and claim Chiquita as our accomplishment for the day. The following year, we returned with a better knowledge of the mountain range above the end of the marked trail and successfully submitted Ypsilon.
For this trip, I set a goal to complete the CCY triple summit: reaching the tops of Chapin, Chiquita, and Ypsilon in succession. Continue Reading →