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Arapaho Glacier Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

7.9 mile 12.8 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,782' 848 m
Descent: -1,544' -471 m
High: 12,725' 3,878 m
Low: 9,992' 3,046 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson

An unmaintained, native surface trail with fantastic views of high peaks and stunning glaciers.

Tom Robson

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Campfires are not permitted in this area of the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Permits are required for overnight stays from June 1st - September 15th.

Description

The Arapaho Glacier Trail #905 leads northward from the main trailhead (located before entering the Rainbow Lakes Campground) and crosses into the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Climbing through the woods for about two miles, the trail exits onto the open tundra with a fine view into the City of Boulder Watershed. As posted, this area is private. Do not trespass.

After additional switchbacks, the Arapaho Glacier Trail crosses to the south side of the ridge. At the highest point on the trail is a spectacular overlook of the Arapaho Glacier, South Arapaho (13,397 feet), and North Arapaho (13,502 feet) Peaks.

Although no official trail exists, it is possible to ascend South and North Arapaho Peaks by following the ridge above the glacier. The climb to South Arapaho Peak is straightforward rock hopping. From South to North Arapaho Peak, scrambling is necessary. Technical equipment is not required but the narrow ridge is steep and rocky. Use caution.

The Arapaho Glacier Trail descends 1,300 feet down a series of switchbacks to intersect the Arapaho Pass Trail #904 at the Fourth of July Mine. Arapaho Pass is 1.2 miles farther west.

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Aug 25, 2019
Chris Horn
climbed south Arapahoe peak with Darren, Julius & Blaise. lots of fun. 9.5mi — 7h 00m
Aug 9, 2019
Laura Baker
Jul 20, 2019
Bogie Dee
Pretty clear
Jul 7, 2019
Kim Chrislip
Out 6 miles and back. Big snow field, but still passable. 11.8mi
Aug 26, 2018
Sarah Regan
8mi — 4h 30m
Jun 23, 2018
Gary Bedrosian
Sep 14, 2017
Jessica Chapman
Sep 10, 2017
Jonathan Morningstar

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  4.8 from 16 votes

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Epic summer flowers.
Jul 10, 2016 near Nederland, CO
Triple Lakes sits below Arapaho Glacier, Mount Albion, and North Arapaho Peak.
Jul 9, 2017 near Nederland, CO
"Life above tree line is awesome!"
Aug 26, 2015 near Nederland, CO
The summer flowers were crazy epic!
Jul 10, 2016 near Nederland, CO
The summer flowers were crazy epic.
Jul 10, 2016 near Nederland, CO
Lunch time
Apr 14, 2015 near Nederland, CO

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