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Great trail, lovely lake. If you are planning to camp, beware of the bear! Resident bear is GREAT at ripping your bear hang out of the trees. Bring a bear can for your food. The night I camped out, every site lost their food as the bear visited us one at a time. Shy enough to leave campers alone, but took out the entire branch our food was hanging off of and ate everything.

on Arapaho Pass Trail

hiking
10 days ago

Believe all the reviews here and on the Arapaho Pass Trail to Dorothy Lake.
The road to get to the trailhead is much more comfortably done in an SUV with high ground clearance. It's very much off-roading. Also note, you'll see cars parked along the road throughout. It's worth gambling to see if you can get a spot right by the trailhead, especially if you're not hiking during peak hours. We arrived around 10am and found a spot by the trailhead easily.
The hike itself is absolutely stunning. It's not very hard, but does steeply incline throughout. There weren't any areas that were of concern for us with our three dogs. It was very crowded. We passed people along the way, but never felt like we were in a line of people or crowded.
The base of the hike will be warm (we hiked in September), but as you go up, make sure to have plenty of layers. I'm not a naturally cold person and I ended up with a sweatshirt and windproof shell at the top. I would also recommend you bring plenty of water for you and your pup. Even though you're not climbing too high in altitude, it will still wear on you.
The view is definitely worth it, but be prepared for intense wind at the top. Being prepared will make taking in those views a little bit more comfortable.

Short and sweet AMAZING hike! (This is a reverse version of Lost Lake via Hessie Trail.. lol) A lot of people, parking wars. You have a choice of taking the shuttle too but not sure exactly where the shuttle station is. No fee to get in, short but rough hike, so no flip flops, folks! You can walk around the lake, swim, or some people had a tent out. Amazing view, must go trail!! 80% shade by the way.

hiking
29 days ago

So gorgeous the whole way! Decently challenging footing ranging from red dirt to loose rock with creeks passing over the trail. Mostly an incline the entire way but nothing too steep. The parking lot is 4x4 access only at the moment (looks like rain came through and rutted the drive but there is some limited parking for other cars along the road in parallel spots.

I really enjoyed this hike. Lots of places to explore off the trail, plenty of water sources along the way to cool yourself and your dogs off. I love a trail/hike that has water so I think thats why I dug this one so much.

The only downfall is the parking situation-- we got to the trailhead around 10am, and there was zero parking. We had to park about a mile away from the trailhead, and we weren't sure how to access the shuttle so we ended up walking to the trailhead. I recommend googling the free shuttle and figuring that out beforehand :)

We took this trail on a Saturday. The parking near the trailhead was already full by 9:30, so we took the free shuttle from Nederland. We followed the creek up to the top of the waterfalls. It was beautiful! A thunder storm blew in and it poured for about 15 minutes. Then the weather cleared, and we continued hiking. The trail was not difficult, the water features were fabulous, and there was plenty of shade. Take lots of water, light rain gear if storms are likely, and a snack.

Beautiful hike, good shade, great views. The trail has a good amount of loose rock so be careful. Got to the parking around 830 and was pretty full so Id recommend getting there early.

This is my favorite trail so far. Love the wooded areas and multiple waterfalls!

Relatively short hike that is only a bit strenuous due to all of the loose rock on the trail. The lake has designated campsites surrounding it and plenty of places to sit and have lunch. Lots of bear warnings at the trailhead and limited roadside parking—follow the parking signs or take the shuttle from Ned.

Wonderful hike. I try to do it once a year. Summer conditions aside from a few snow patches that are totally passable. Still wet and muddy, but nothing hiking boots can't handle. Do beware that the road up is rough - saw several sedans turn back on my way down, so 4x4 is the best way to go!

hiking
3 months ago

Did this hike on a beautiful Saturday! Took about two hours to get to the top of the pass with an active pace and minimal stoppage time. There were numerous snow field crossings along the way, nothing longer than a few hundred feet usually. Most of the crossings have a tamped down path you can follow to avoid post holing, although this still happened to me at a few points on the way down. I brought microspikes but only used them once as it was more effort put them on and take them off than it was to walk across the snow without them. I would recommend boots though as the trail became really muddy in parts as the day warmed up. Also there are several stream/water crossing. Nothing serious at all and all passable, but much easier to cross when you aren't concerned with getting your foot wear wet. I had shorts and gaitors with a quarterzip midlayer and was a great temp. Very glad I had the gaitors too for when i did post hole/kick up water. It was quite windy at the top of the pass (I was reading a steady 15-20MPH), and I was glad to have another layer then. There are also a few rock windblocks built along the ridge which can shield you from the wind. Also remember sunscreen, much of this hike is exposed, with the last mile or so being at or past the treeline. Anything I forgot to apply sunscreen to got burned pretty badly. Way down took me about two hours as I took my time and stopped places I passed by on the way up because I wanted to get up. Could probably make it down in 1.5 hrs or less if you wanted. Road was fine and both the Arapahoe Lake and Caribou lake trail seemed passable albeit exposed. Gorgeous hike!

Great hike. Decent amount of snow on upper section. 6-1-18 amazing views the whole hike and especially at the top.

Love this trail! It’s an easy hike with lots of instant gratification via waterfalls, rushing waters, and a nice lake at the end. Did this on 5/18/18. Some snow and a little drizzle but so worth it.

My husband and I took our pup up to Lost Lake Jan 13th. We used our Yack-Tracks which worked perfectly. People were also hiking the trail in plain hiking boots and some had snowshoes. A fairly easy winter hike with very rewarding views at the lake.

seriously beautiful trail. went up the 1st October with 6in to 1ft snow so dress warm and get out the take tracks.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Beautiful views and easy trail to navigate. Definitely recommend bringing layers as well!

hiking
Monday, September 18, 2017

Had some great aspens starting to turn yellow, will be really pretty by October.

hiking
Monday, September 11, 2017

Loved it, made it to 11,525(switched over to the glacier trail at the end), bring some layers.

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hiking
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Enjoyed the waterfalls, wild flowers. Saw moose on the road leading to trailhead.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

This trail had everything: waterfall, mountain forest, and the beautiful, serene lake at the end (we did lost lake). The only downside was a lot of the trail was super rocky, like gravelly almost. The loop around the lake is beautiful, with lots of little places to go down closer to the water. I would definitely do it again.

Rocky terrain

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Continued past the 4th of July mine trail! Great views across the ridge!! Next time would continue to the lake below!!

Gorgeous trail with the reward of a bull moose at lost lake. Some wet areas, but nothing too terrible.

on Arapaho Pass Trail

hiking
Monday, June 12, 2017

Stunning views at the top! Would love to hike this one again once the wild flowers bloom.

We started at about eight this morning and ran into very few people on the way up. About halfway back down we started running into a lot more people.

There's still plenty of snow on the trail. Some patches were pretty icy on the way up. Totally passable for anyone in hiking boots.

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

I felt like I went through every season on this trail! Dirt, rocks, mud, streams, slush and then snow for the last half mile. Absolutely loved the hike, would recommend to anyone! Gorgeous waterfall and lake.

snowshoeing
Monday, May 22, 2017

We took advantage of the May 2017 snowfall on the wonderful trail! Made it to Lost lake on snowshoes! Can't wait to come back in the summertime ! It's a perfect day hike!

hiking
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Went a little early for the season so there was fresh snow. Hard to keep track of the trail without the app. Beautiful lake at the top that was well worth the confusion! Not to hard of an incline.

hiking
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Beautiful views, great secluded hike. Did it in late March. Lots of hard packed snow on the ground, well marked trail, easy to hike in the winter. Overall great hike

hiking
Monday, February 20, 2017

Not as much snow as a few weeks ago, very windy on the lake, nice climb up to Lost lake!

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