Hike South Araphaho Peak

Colorado 4th of July Trailhead

Added by Kyle Frost

Distance: 8 miles roundtripElevation gain: 2,533 ftIncredibly scenic Class 2 hike up to South ArapahoViews of the Arapaho glacier, the Tenmile Range, Gore Range, and Indian Peaks

Start your hike at the 4th of July Trailhead, just outside of Eldora, CO. From the trailhead at the north end of the parking lot, steadily climb through the trees until a junction at 1 mile. Take the right fork towards Arapaho pass.

You'll start to climb above treeline, with spectacular views of the valley and surrounding peaks. At 2 miles, you'll reach another junction in a large flat area. Take the right fork towards Arapaho glacier.

Continue gaining altitude up the ridge until you reach the saddle at 12,700 ft. The false summit of South Arapaho is to your left and Old Baldy is to the right. Follow a network of decently marked trails up the ridgeline to the summit (13,397ft). It's class 2 all the way.

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  • Hiking boots
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
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Activities:

Hiking

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

8 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2533 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers

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about 1 year ago

Bomber

I love this hike!! It is one of the first I did when I moved to Colorado and it remains one of my favorites. Pretty solid effort to achieve amazing views of the Indian Peaks Wilderness and front range cities! Bonus points for doing the traverse over to North Arapaho Peak.

about 1 year ago

Added by Kyle Frost

Designer and Adventure Photographer based in Boulder, Colorado. Fan of mountains, coffee, beer, and witty banter. Available for commissions and collaborations. I'm @kylefrost pretty much everywhere.

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