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Arapaho Pass Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

13.1 mile 21.1 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,836' 560 m
Descent: -3,599' -1,097 m
High: 11,932' 3,637 m
Low: 8,369' 2,551 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson

Climb through woods and open meadows on this pass-gaining slog of a route.

Tom Robson

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

Description

From the Fourth of July TH, the Arapaho Pass Trail climbs the wooded, northern slope of the North Fork, Middle Boulder Creek drainage into the Indian Peaks Wilderness. It eventually intersects with the Diamond Lake Trail #975 before continuing onto the Fourth of July Mine (elevation 11,245 feet).

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.

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Aug 14, 2019
aikibujin
As approach to Mt. Neva north ridge.
Aug 14, 2019
Jordan Smith
Jul 14, 2019
Kim Chrislip
Just to the top of the pass and back. 8mi — 3h 46m
Jun 21, 2019
James Ortmann
Jul 29, 2018
Daniel Lee
backpacking trip
Jul 13, 2018
L Jones
Jul 9, 2018
Jacob Ewald
Jul 8, 2018
Emily H

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Photos

Indian Paintbrush and buttercup.
Oct 23, 2016 near Nederland, CO
Summer flowers were crazy epic.
Jul 10, 2016 near Nederland, CO
Columbine on the trail up. This is what heaven looks like. It has to.
Oct 23, 2016 near Nederland, CO
Looking down the valley.
Oct 23, 2016 near Nederland, CO
Working our way over one of the soggier areas of Arapaho Pass Trail.
Aug 26, 2015 near Nederland, CO
Waterfall along Arapaho Pass Trail
Jul 16, 2019 near Fraser, CO

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