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Chapin Creek - RMNP

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From Steve Schweitzer's A Fly Fishing Guide To Rocky Mountain National Park, flyfishingrmnp.com: Chapin Creek is highly affected by runoff throughout the spring and early summer. In the springtime, expect a beautiful flowing stream that is a dream to fish. In late summer and fall, the flows are at a minimum and the fish are concentrated in deeper ...

Getting there: Access the Chapin Pass Trailhead via Old Fall River Road. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the trailhead as traffic is slow via the unpaved and washboarded road. Parking at the trailhead is at a premium, but the trail is short and spots turn over frequently. The first 3/4 of a mile from the trailhead is maintained. The first 1/3 of a mile, the trail quickly gains altitude to the crest of the pass. The half-mile trek from the crest is a steep downhill jaunt to the start of Chapin Creek. From the edge of the meadow downstream, cross-country travel prevails across wet, marshy drainage. Follow game trails through the streamside grasses and willows to stay on the highest ground possible. Two miles from the end of the formal Chapin Creek Trail, Chapin Creek converges with the Cache La Poudre River. Just before the two rivers merge, a barely distinguishable Chapin Creek Trail resumes to the west and somewhere becomes the Poudre River Trail on most topographical maps.
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