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    Arapaho Glacier Trail east

    Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado
    Distance5.4mi
    Elevation Gain3,076ft
    Trailhead Elevation10,003ft
    Top12,719ft
    Elevation Min/Max10003/12719ft
    Elevation Start/End10003/10003ft

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    San Diego, CA
    Adventurer | 233 pts
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    8/9/2018
    Beautiful! This is one of those hikes I will never forget--it was challenging and completely rewarding. The views are incredible once you get above the tree line. The exposure also brings some crazy winds, so we fortunately packed some layers since we assumed the weather could change at any time hiking in alpine tundra. Some people don't follow the trail as far or scramble up the peak at the end, but it is still an awesome hike. Do as much or as little as you want. It is an amazing place to be.
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    Denver, CO
    Pathfinder | 180 pts
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    9/6/2007
    Started with intermittent morning rain and hiked into high winds on the exposed portion of the trail. Very beautiful. Few hikers today. Will return and hope for better weather to soak in the peaks and views of lakes nestled in the area.
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    Denver, CO
    Adventurer | 371 pts
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    6/10/2006
    this is a great trail! the weather was a little scary so I would recommend going later in the summer. One caution, it says that you have to travel 6 miles to get to CR 116, but you have to go about 7 miles and then 3 additional miles on CR 116.
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    Denver, CO
    Adventurer | 400 pts
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    11/21/2005
    By far one of the coolest hikes in Indian Peaks. This trail has something for everyone. The alpine views are 1st class the whole way up. You can contiunue up past the lake for some fairly technical summit attempts. If you want to try some 14ers, this trail is the place to start. Bring your camera!!!!
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    Broomfield, CO
    Pathfinder | 80 pts
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    10/4/2005
    Pix are at

    http://blamkin.shutterbook.com

    Look at the Dorothy Lake album.

    Really great views at the pass, worth the hike. Bit of a climb to the turnoff sign, then more climbing to the mine. Gentle climb the rest of the way to the pass.

    We went on up past Dorothy to the first summit before Neva -- well worth the view on the other side, including WinterPark ski runs, and all the way to Lake Monarch and beyond.

    I was told the best weekend was the last two of July, as the wildflowers are supposed to be great.

    In any case, truly enjoyed the hike, and recommend it.

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    San Francisco, CA
    Adventurer | 290 pts
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    7/6/2005
    July 6, 2005 day hike. Best conditions, sunny day, plenty of wildflowers (Columbines, Paintbrush, etc). Great hike with stunning views all the way to the Pass and Lake Dorothy. Some snow fields along the way. Start temperature 70F, at Pass with winds 50F. Trail guide accurate. Start time 10:00am; Out and back 5.0 hours with hour for lunch at Lake Dorothy. Carried 30lb pack for exercise. Some trail running on return. Five mile dirt road to trailhead puts you already deep into the valley at high elevation. Possible return for camping in valley near Diamond Lake, and then hike over Pass down Caribou trail into Columbine.
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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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