Arapaho Pass Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,836' 560 m
Descent: -3,599' -1,097 m
High: 11,932' 3,637 m
Low: 8,369' 2,551 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“Climb through woods and open meadows on this pass-gaining slog of a route.”— Tom Robson
In June and early July, significant snowfields and high water crossings exist along portions of this trail. At the mine, the Arapaho Glacier Trail #905 intersects. From here, the Arapaho Pass Trail continues west 1.2 miles to Arapaho Pass (elevation 11,906 feet).
For a side trip, continue west along the ridge for about 0.25 miles to visit Lake Dorothy (elevation 12,061 feet). The Caribou Pass Trail continues on an impressive old road, blasted into a cliff to Caribou Pass. Some parts of this trail are narrow and not for the faint of heart.
The Arapaho Pass Trail continues north (right) and drops 750 feet down a series of switchbacks to Caribou Lake. From here, a nine-mile hike on this trail leads to Monarch Lake. This section of descends more steadily through heavily wooded terrain eventually terminating at the Continental Divide Scenic Trail.