Arapaho Peak Southeast Ridge Route

Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado

Distance0.4mi
Elevation Gain779ft
Trailhead Elevation12,706ft
Top13,395ft
Elevation Min/Max12706/13395ft
Elevation Start/End12706/12706ft

Arapaho Peak Southeast Ridge Route

Arapaho Peak Southeast Ridge Route is a hiking trail in Boulder County, Colorado. It is within Roosevelt National Forest. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 12,706 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is a mile with a total elevation gain of 779 feet. The trail ends near South Arapaho Peak (elevation 13,343 feet). This trail connects with the following: Arapaho Glacier Trail.

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8/1/2009
Just what everyone says - gorgeous scenery, great wildflowers. I didn't find it as badly trafficked as some front range hikes. Also I would rate it as easy to moderate. Certainly not strenuous.
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8/18/2008
Wonderful wild flowers. Begin early to beat the crowds and aftenoon thunderstorms. The waterfalls are spectactular this year (2008)
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7/23/2006
The trail was quite busy on the summer weekend I was there, especially at the beginning when it is the trail for three destinations(Diamond Lake, Arapaho Glacier and Arapaho Pass.) But the wildflowers were fantastic and the views were great all along the steady ascent. The views looking down on Caribou Lake and the valley it is in were remarkable. Dorothy Lake is spectacular, especially with the snowfields on Neva peak surrounding it. I would highly recommend this hike.
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7/3/2006
This trail is busy to say the least, and maybe was made more so since we did it on July 4th weekend and the trailhead is known at the July 4th trailhead. The trail is well worn and easy to follow up to Arapahoe Pass. It passes over several small creeks and one waterfall on its journey. The waterfall during times of high water could be a problem crossing but the others all would just mean getting your boots a little wet. It starts off in some beautiful pine forests before working its way though several meadows that were full of columbine and indian paintbrush as well as other flowers. The most interesting of these are the small elephant head flowers that were first encountered about 1/4 mile before the abandoned mine along the route, just before the trail for the Arapahoe Glacier branches off. These small bunches of flowers really do look like tiny elephant heads and my kids loved them. The trail up to the pass once you get past the mine is a slow gradual climb. Once at the pass you have a steep descent to Dorothy Lake. The view from the Pass are incredible but watch out for rapidly developing storms that can come up almost out of no where. We had to scramble down towards Dorothy Lake when a particularly violent lightning and hail storm blew in over the ridge in just a matter of minutes. Several people on the trail behind us were caught by pea sized hail, driving rain and a lot of lightning.
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6/24/2006
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL IN LATE JUNE. GORGEOUS WATERFALLS, FLOWERS ALONG THE FIRST PART OF THE TRAIL.
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Trail Information

Roosevelt National Forest
Nearby City
Roosevelt National Forest
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

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