Caribou Pass

Estes Park, Colorado

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Caribou Pass is west of the Continental Divide and is described in the West Slope section account of climbing Satanta Peak. But, the trail from Arapaho Pass in the direction of Caribou Pass is so dramatic that it needs to be experienced by hikers approaching from the east, if snow is not blocking it. If you see a caribou (reindeer) at Caribou Pass, presume that lack of oxygen at high altitude has fogged your brain badly and retreat to tree line. Although the name Caribou attached to every conceivable geographic formation is scattered across an Indian Peaks map, Santa Claus never could have recruited his most noteworthy draft animals here.
Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

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Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

Caribou Pass is west of the Continental Divide and is described in the West Slope section account of climbing Satanta Peak. But, the trail from Arapaho Pass in the direction of Caribou Pass is so dramatic that it needs to be experienced by hikers approaching from the east, if snow is not blocking it.

If you see a caribou (reindeer) at Caribou Pass, presume that lack of oxygen at high altitude has fogged your brain badly and retreat to tree line. Although the name Caribou attached to every conceivable geographic formation is scattered across an Indian Peaks map, Santa Claus never could have recruited his most noteworthy draft animals here.


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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 8.0
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 7 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, or Sulphur Ranger District, P. O. Box 10, 9 Ten Mile Dr., Granby CO 80466; (970) 887-4100; fs.usda.gov/arp
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks Gold Hill; USGS Monarch Lake, East Portal, Nederland
Driving Directions: Directions to Caribou Pass

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Apr 2018