Elevation: 12,162 feet (Mount Ypsilon)
Elevation Gain Approximately 3,200 Ft
Roundtrip Distance: 8.9 Miles
This beautiful hike starts with immediate elevation gain at the St Vrain Mountain Trailhead, located at the end of Ski Road in Allenspark, CO. The trail is well defined through the Aspen and conifer forest, and quickly catches up to and meanders along the St. Vrain Creek. Next are a series of switchbacks through the forest that lead to a breathtaking ridgeline trail, where Wild Basin and the Continental Divide mountains are dazzlingly prominent.
At the base of St Vrain Mountain, break West and push up the slope to the summit - expect several hundred vertical feet of elevation gain. Look for two large rock wind walls at the summit, or pass over it and descend the western slope to find your perfect spot. The views of Longs Peak in RMNP and of Mt. Audubon in the Indian Peaks Wilderness are spectacular from this slightly lower vantage point.
A unique aspect of this trip is weaving in and out of both Rocky Mountain National Park land and Indian Peaks Wilderness, made apparent with signage, until you get to the summit which lies in both!
Tip 1: Experience the wildflowers! This area in June is magical.
Tip 2: Watch for moose on the trail; we spotted one in the lower forested area.
Tip 3: Be prepared for significant exposure- sun and wind protection are a must.