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Arapaho National Forest is a National Forest located in north-central Colorado, United States. The facility is managed jointly with the Roosevelt National Forest and the Pawnee National Grassland from the United States Forest Service office in Fort Collins, Colorado. The combined facility of 1,730,603 acres (2,704.07 sq mi, or 7,420.35 km²) is denoted as ARP (Arapaho, Roosevelt, Pawnee) by the Forest Service.

Great hike

FYI locked gates 4.5 miles from the trailhead during winter. went this morning but didn't feel like "hiking" on the road for 4 miles before the actual trail. could be good for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing once there's more snow. will try again in the summer!

Very manageable summit hike. Trail is completely exposed and well-marked until the the rocky scramble near the top: best advice for an easier footpath is to pick a set of cairns and follow them.

hiking
11 days ago

Amazing views at the top! Nice moderate hike even with snow on the ground.

hiking
12 days ago

We hiked up Thanksgiving morning to the Broom hut with our puppy. Gators and crampons were nice to have! We packed in dinner and ate at the Broom hut which has a public day use section.

backpacking
13 days ago

Great late season hike! There was snow on the trail but very very little ice. I had heard of others saying wind dominated the hike earlier in the month especially at the top, but I did not have an issue with the wind what so ever. I have a feeling a got lucky, so plan accordingly and enjoy your late season hike. Highly recommend you do this before the pass is closed till spring/summer.

Hiked up with the pup. Had to park down the road about a mile from the gate, lots of snow on the road. Great hike for a sunny day. Might be tough if there were ATVs, but this late in the season made it very quiet. We eventually turned toward James Peak instead of Kingston once we got to the saddle, but the trail to Kingston looked completely dry. Found some thick patches of snow along the way to James. Absolutely beautiful and can't wait to go back!

I've done this a few time. you can stay on the road to the lake but i much prefer to jump on the continental divide trail. the road should only be traveled by high clearence vehicles. trail is about a mile up. don't stop at loch Loman tho, keep going! you don't have to summit James peak all the way to view the upper glacial lakes above Loman and the view is epic!

off road driving
14 days ago

Kinda hard with not to much to see. Lots of people go up here to shoot.

Absolutely one the best to date, outside Torres Del Paine Chile!
Slight wind and chilly today even with the sun.

This is a well defined trail that's easy and fun to navigate. Great shot of Mt. Bierstadt in the distance.

snowshoeing
18 days ago

A couple inches of snow, best to bring both crampons AND snowshoes so you won't slide/posthole.

Gorgeous hike! Not too hard but gets the lungs working a bit. Very peaceful, only saw two people over the course of a few hours today.

Lake was frozen over but the hike up was nice. Variety of terrains from wooded to open fields. You get to see it all. Nice views as well. Not terribly strenuous but with snow on the trail you'll slide the whole way down. Less fun!

on St. Mary's Glacier

20 days ago

If you keep going past the lake and the Glacier, you will hit another trail that leads to the view of Lock Lomond, and you will also see 3 beautiful lakes past that lake.

on Loch Lomond

20 days ago

There are 3 beautiful lakes above this lake that you can hike up to.

The way up definitely gets your legs burning and huffing and puffing a little. So beautiful and worth it get the the lake at the top

Great hike, would definitely call it intermediate though. Pretty tough and hairy at the top

hiking
24 days ago

A little snow up there on 11/15/2016, but it is in good condition. That will likely change tomorrow, as storms and much colder temps are coming in. Its a beautiful hike from the pass, get there early and during the week if possible, to avoid crowds.