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    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

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    Denver, CO
    Pathfinder | 90 pts
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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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    Dayton, OH
    Trailblazer | 907 pts
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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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    Louisville, CO
    Pathfinder | 160 pts
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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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    Seattle, WA
    Trailblazer | 1271 pts
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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
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