Arapaho Glacier Trail

Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado

Distance2.2mi
Elevation Gain1,706ft
Trailhead Elevation12,706ft
Top12,733ft
Elevation Min/Max11229/12733ft
Elevation Start/End12706/12706ft

Arapaho Glacier Trail

Arapaho Glacier Trail is a hiking trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is within Indian Peaks Wilderness Area and Roosevelt National Forest. It is 2.2 miles long and begins at 12,706 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,706 feet. The trail ends near the Fourth of July Mine (elevation 11,260 feet) mineshaft and the Fourth of July Mine spoil heap. This trail connects with the following: Arapaho Glacier Trail (east), Arapaho Peak Southeast Ridge Route and Arapaho Pass Trail.

Arapaho Glacier Trail Reviews

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8/1/2010
Gorgeous and varied terrain. Lovely wildflowers toward the bottom and spectacular vistas at the top.
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6/10/2007
First of all, as with most directions to trailheads, they're at least a bit flawed. It's a little more than 6 miles to the cr 116 road (also known as Univ. of Co Mtn Resarch Station rd (nfsr)298). There IS an unmarked road at the 6 mile mark that IS NOT the correct road. Keep going a bit and you'll see the road clearly marked. June 9, 2007 hike was a clear day early on. We had to hike through many snow patches the first 2 miles. Also note that there are mile marker posts (metal rods in the ground with mileage on top silver knob) at the 3 mile and 4.5 mile mark that are handy to have around. We made it 5 miles in starting at 6:30am and it took us 4.5 hours to that point. As it was about 11:15 and clouds were starting to roll in, we ended our hike there. We got back to the trailhead at 2:30pm with clouds covering the sky but no rain/thunder at that point. Whew! A good hike, but very tiring with all the snow to trudge through. Gaiters would have been a good idea, but was manageable without. Definitely glad I brought gloves and a headband. It got quite windy and cold about the 3 mile mark.
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7/2/2006
This was an absolutely gorgeous trail! This was just the right time of year (beginning of July) to see the wildflowers. Getting to the trailhead was a bit tricky (the road is pretty bumpy, and it takes a good 20 minutes to get there from where the paved road ends), but it was well worth it. The views were spectacular, and the hike was interesting - crossing waterfalls and streams, hiking along the banks of cliffs covered in flowers (columbine galore!), and finally reaching the glacier (which itself was somewhat underwhelming, but that's in comparison to glaciers I saw in Alaska). It was pretty chilly at the top, so don't forget your windbreaker. We heard it was another 45 minutes to an hour to reach the peak, although it looks quite close. I highly recommend this trail to anyone. We saw quite a few kids and some dogs along the way, too, and they seemed to be doing fine.
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3/26/2004
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Trail Information

Roosevelt National Forest
Nearby City
Indian Peaks Wilderness Area
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
USDA Forest Service, Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder Co 80301; (303) 541-2500; fs.usda.gov/arp
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks; USGS Monarch Lake, East Portal, Nederland
Local Maps