Arapaho Glacier Trail

 9 votes

7.9 Miles 12.8 Kilometers


Singletrack

2,782' 848 m

Ascent

-1,544' -471 m

Descent

12,725' 3,878 m

High

9,992' 3,046 m

Low

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

All Clear

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

Tom Robson

Overview

Campfires are not permitted in this area of the Indian Peaks Wilderness. Permits are required for overnight stays from June 1st - September 15th.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

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 20, 2017
Matt Rodefeld
13.2mi — 5h 27m
Sep 22, 2016
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Jul 6, 2016
Don Blake
Only went about half way. Wild flowers are awesome above tree line
Sep 8, 2012
Hannah Sellnow
Loved it! Beautiful trail!

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