Happy Tuesday friends! We are so sorry it's been a whole week since we posted - there has been so much going on in our lives that it's been hard to sit down and blog. Obviously our posts focus on Colorado adventures - the key being us being able to get outside. But with all of the nasty thunderstorms we have been getting, it has been hard to stay safe outside!
This leads us to talk about our most recent ~failed~ adventure at Chapin Pass. This trailhead leads to the *social trail* (i.e. unmarked trail) for Mt. Chapin and Mt. Chiquita. Our weather forecast called for rain later in the afternoon at Estes Park, so we thought we could beat the storm and summit before noon.
The hike started out well enough - the skies were sunny and we braved driving 40 minutes up the unpaved and hairpin turns of Old Fall River Road (the trailhead is marked as Chapin Creek trailhead on the official RMNP map you receive at the entrance of the park). We were pretty excited to get up to Mt. Chiquita given we had been thwarted from hiking this peak for one reason or another and thus began on our way. The first little section is really steep and had our hearts pounding, but it levels out pretty quickly.
The views are stunning as you are completely immersed in the wilderness; we saw a handful of other people so this was not a very highly trafficked trail. About a mile in, we started seeing the storm clouds move in from the distance, but decided to keep going. There is a small rock scramble up past the first meadow, but the rangers have built rock stairs for you to use. There is a part that is tricky, but nothing that you need special equipment for.
But moral of the story is that you cannot out-run Mother Nature! Pretty soon we were pelted by rain-drops and we heard thunder off in the distance. We needed no other sign that it was time for us to head back to the car! We also didn't want the trails to become muddy from the rain and make the rock scramble down more tricky than it needed to be. We were lucky that we were still below the tree-line; being up above treeline in a thunderstorm is NOT where you want to be at all! The storm moved in very quickly and covered the area so that visibility was very poor. It never ceases to amaze us the quick and unpredictable nature of storms in the area and were very lucky to have gotten back to our car before lightening!
We were disappointed, but cannot wait to get back up there and finally summit Mt. Chapin & Mt. Chiquita! Until next time, stay safe hiking, friends ♡
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