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Arapaho Glacier Trail

 4.8 (14)

Length


7.9 Miles 12.8 Kilometers


2,782' 848 m

Ascent

-1,544' -471 m

Descent

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

12,725' 3,878 m

High

9,992' 3,046 m

Low

Shared By Tom Robson

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All Clear 25 days ago
Some Mud History

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

Tom Robson

Dogs Leashed

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 26, 2018
Sarah Regan
8mi — 4h 30m
Jun 23, 2018
Gary Bedrosian
Sep 14, 2017
Jessica Chapman
Sep 10, 2017
Jonathan Morningstar
Sep 9, 2017
Julia Anderson
Halfway up then back. Lovely off trail exploring upon reaching watershed view 4mi
Sep 4, 2017
Becky Curtis
Aug 20, 2017
Matt Rodefeld
13.2mi — 5h 27m
Aug 4, 2017
Kimberly McLaurin

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  4.8 from 14 votes

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