dogs on leash
cross country skiing
off road driving
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.
Only made it a few miles in until we were making fresh tracks. Started post holeing deeper with snowshoes that we cared to so, we turned around. Beautiful hike though and our dog really enjoyed it.
There's a good foot or two of snow in in most areas, found a few thigh deep spots.
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!
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!
Ryoko N. on St. Mary's Glacier
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.
Ryoko N. on Loch Lomond
There are 3 beautiful lakes above this lake that you can hike up to.