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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.
Nice little hike with great views from the top. Afterwards we headed over to Idaho Springs from some beers at the Outbound and Down Brewery. Overall it was a great day.
The only negative is the amount of crowds and limited parking on a Sunday in October so I cannot imagine the crowds in the summer. If you are looking for mountain solitude this is not the hike for you.
Easy to get to. Starts out in dense forest and then above tree line there are peaks everywhere for you to view. There isn't much of a destination at the end of this trail, but plan to go farther because there are about 3-4 peaks to choose from to continue to. All accessible by foot.
I loved this hike. It has varied terrain, with some in woods hiking with nice shade, and some exposed parts as you climb higher. It can get extremely windy, so even on a warm day I'd recommend hats and gloves for the top section. Nice, big parking lot (but no trash cans, which is very puzzling...). The lake at the top is stunning.
It has some very nice views. I hiked to the hike and it was quite the work out considering I took both of my dogs and they both pull a lot. I saw two of the lakes and the first one had a water fall and was very peaceful and lovely to sit with the lake and take it all in.
Tough trail on Sunday Oct. 16, 2016. It was 40 degrees with 60mph of wind. I had a 30lb pack on my back. It took 4.5 hrs to get to the top in these harsh conditions. 2.5 down. More than half of the people out that day turned around at or before the half way mark. The trail was very steep and had numerous icy and very muddy spots that were very slippery. I recommend ice cleats and also to dress very warm and bring hand warmers and warm wind proof gear, (which thankfully I had) if snow and cold temperatures are present. I braved the weather and made it to the summit. It was a challenge in the weather but well worth the effort! I would do this trail again in nicer conditions but I warn you it is a lot tougher than it's rated for being the so called "easy" 14er. I clocked 4.2 miles from the parking lot to the summit. 8.4 round trip on the GPS. Good times!!