Peaks of the Park: Mummy Mountain (13,425′), Hagues Peak (13,560′), Fairchild Mountain (13,502′), Ypsilon Mountain (13,514′), Mount Chiquita (13,069′), Mount Chapin (12,454′)
Date: October 4, 2015
Trailhead: Lawn Lake (8,540′) – Rocky Mountain National Park
Route: Counterclockwise loop beginning and ending at the Lawn Lake TH via Fall River Road
Distance: 26 miles
Elevation Gain: 9,100 feet
Participants: Solo mission
Time: 13 hours (including a rain delay, snow delay, and a lot of gaping)
Human Sightings: 2 (descending Fairchild)
Pedobear Sightings: 0
In a nutshell, this is basically taking Mummy Mania (or the Mummy Kill as it is often referred), removing the shuttle, and doing it backwards. If you’re looking for a somewhat easier day, start at the Chapin Pass TH and have a vehicle and 6 pack waiting for you at the Lawn Lake TH. Otherwise, eat your Wheaties, start at the Lawn Lake TH, pack the headlamp, and leave a case of beer in the car.
Mummy Mania (noun): The standard route is a 16 to 18 mile traverse with ~ 6,000 vertical gain beginning at the Chapin Pass TH, continuing up and down 6 of the major summits in the Mummy Range (Chapin, Chiquita, Ypsilon, Fairchild, Hagues, and Mummy), and finishing at the Lawn Lake TH.
Doing it in reverse order: Add 3,000 vertical feet. Removing the car shuttle: Add 9 miles.
As with any outing, there are many variations. Some folks may add Rowe and Desolation. Some crazy bastards may add Rowe, skip Chapin and descend Blitzen on Yippy. 🙂 Being the traditionalist I am, I kept the route intact, but flipped it backward and left the car home. Hope this report is helpful!
Mummy to Hagues – 1.5 miles peak to peak and 600′ vertical gain from the low point.
I know you just asked, “Why does this dude keep capitalizing The Saddle?” It’s not a typo.
Hagues to Fairchild – 1.5 miles peak to peak and 1,100′ vertical gain from The Saddle.
Post weather delay I reascended back to the ridge to keep it a little entertaining. Fairchild to Ypsilon – 1.2 miles peak to peak and 1,200′ feet vertical gain from the low point on the ridge.
Yippy to Chiquita – 1 mile peak to peak and 820′ vertical gain from the saddle.
The rest of this TR is pretty much like being in a airplane, minus the airplane.
Chiquita to Chapin – 1 mile peak to peak and 400′ vertical gain from the saddle.
Every year I need at least one day to reaffirm my appreciation for the big park we call Rocky. This was that day.
As always, thanks for reading!