Chapin Creek Backcountry Campsite is a single-group site on a wooded knoll near the confluence of the Cache la Poudre River and Chapin Creek. The site overlooks a wide glaciated valley floored with meadows and the meandering creek. Watch for moose. The site lies about halfway between Trail Ridge Road at Milner Pass and Corral Creek Trailhead to the north. It’s easiest to reach the campsite by hiking 6.1 miles down the river valley on Poudre River Trail from the Poudre River Trailhead on Milner Pass. Alternatively, hike 5.5 miles up the valley from Corral Creek Trailhead. Allow five or six hours to backpack to the site. The campsite has a privy and water is available from Chapin Creek. Treat or boil all water before use. The 10,240-foot site is snow-free by early July.
Recommended season(s): July through September.
—Stewart M. Green