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Arapaho Pass Trail

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Length


13.1 Miles 21.1 Kilometers


1,836' 560 m

Ascent

-3,599' -1,097 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

11,932' 3,637 m

High

8,369' 2,551 m

Low

Shared By Tom Robson

Conditions


All Clear 5 days ago
Snowy, Icy - pretty snowy/icy but decent postholes near the top. would recommend trekking poles or micro spikes. History

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

Tom Robson

Dogs Leashed

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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Jul 29, 2018
Daniel Lee
backpacking trip
Jul 13, 2018
L Jones
Jul 9, 2018
Jacob Ewald
Jul 8, 2018
Emily H
Jun 29, 2018
Daylene York
Hiked from Fourth of July TH to Lake Dorothy and Arapahoe Pass. 7.6mi
Jun 24, 2018
Jay Gibson
Beautiful hike. Started off sunny and warm and when reached Lake Dorothy it was howling wind and snow. Snowy all the way back to TH - great hike!!!
Jun 10, 2018
Emma Ramsay
Aug 26, 2017
A Adcroft
11.4mi

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