For New In Towner's who want to see a beautiful high mountain pass on a relatively short 3.3 mile medium incline trail Arapahoe Pass is the hike for you. This hike is designed for those who have been here for a little bit, become acclimated, or are in decent cardio shape or multiples of the three.
Please answer the question if you've hiked with me before, hikes you've done, or other cardio frequency.
Meet at the Boulder Justice Center early, at 6 am, don't be late.
If you drive separately plan to be at trailhead be there before the 7:15 am departure time. Directions there are from Nederland, head south on Colorado Highway 119 for 0.5 miles. Turn west onto County Road 130 (Eldora Ski Resort sign). Stay on the main road and through the town of Eldora. Once the pavement ends continue another five miles to the Fourth of July Trailhead. This portion of the road is rough but passable in a passenger car during the summer months.
From the Fourth of July TH, the Arapaho Pass Trail climbs the wooded, northern slope of the North Fork, Middle Boulder Creek drainage into the Indian Peaks Wilderness and intersects with the Diamond Lake Trail #975 before continuing onto the Fourth of July Mine (elevation 11,245 feet).
At the mine, the Arapaho Glacier Trail #905 intersects. The Arapaho Pass Trail continues west 1.2 miles to Arapaho Pass (elevation 11,906 feet). For a side trip, continue west along the ridge for about 0.25 miles to visit Lake Dorothy (elevation 12,061 feet).
Trail Use: Extremely Heavy
Length: Fourth of July Trailhead (TH) to Diamond Lake Trail - 1.2; Arapaho Glacier Trail - 2.1;
Arapaho Pass - 3.3 miles. DISTANCES ARE ONE-WAY.
Elevation: 10,100 feet at the TH; 11,245 feet at Fourth of July Mine; 11,906 feet at Arapaho Pass.
Open To: Hiking. Groups of 12 or fewer. Pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times.
This is a high altitude hike, bring sufficient water (2 liters), a good pair of hiking shoes, snacks for energy. Bring along something warm when we reach the divide, it can get cold and windy. Poles are optional. Be self-sufficient and you are hiking at your own risk.
We will stop Saltos beer bicycle and coffee shop in Ned on the way down.
Looking forward to a high altitude hike and hope to see you there!