North Arapaho Peak

Estes Park, Colorado

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This ascent to the tallest summit in Indian Peaks (more than 4,000 meters, which is important to some peak baggers) can be scary and requires great care though no technical climbing equipment (a rope in the hands of a competent leader may make some climbers feel calmer). North Arapaho is the tallest of the Indian Peaks. And it is somewhat more challenging than its neighbor to the south. The most efficient way to climb North Arapaho Peak is to begin at the Fourth of July Trailhead and ascend the Arapaho Pass Trail as far as the Fourth of July Mine site. On the way, the trail clings to the north wall of the U-shaped valley of North Fork Middle Boulder Creek, steepened to a near vertical orientation by the passing of mountain glaciers in geological waves extending from many millennia to as recently as 10,000 years ago. During the current warm centuries, the wall displays masses of grass and flowers.
Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

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Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

This ascent to the tallest summit in Indian Peaks (more than 4,000 meters, which is important to some peak baggers) can be scary and requires great care though no technical climbing equipment (a rope in the hands of a competent leader may make some climbers feel calmer). North Arapaho is the tallest of the Indian Peaks. And it is somewhat more challenging than its neighbor to the south.

The most efficient way to climb North Arapaho Peak is to begin at the Fourth of July Trailhead and ascend the Arapaho Pass Trail as far as the Fourth of July Mine site. On the way, the trail clings to the north wall of the U-shaped valley of North Fork Middle Boulder Creek, steepened to a near vertical orientation by the passing of mountain glaciers in geological waves extending from many millennia to as recently as 10,000 years ago. During the current warm centuries, the wall displays masses of grass and flowers.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 9.0
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 11 hours
Season: Summer
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: USDA Forest Service, Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder CO 80301; (303) 541-2500; fs.usda.gov/arp
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks Gold Hill; USGS Monarch Lake, East Portal, Nederland
Driving Directions: Directions to North Arapaho Peak

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