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Best trails in Arapaho National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Arapaho National Forest, Colorado? AllTrails has 158 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 92 moderate trails in Arapaho National Forest ranging from 1 to 35.1 miles and from 7,746 to 13,162 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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#1 - Saint Mary's Glacier
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
$5 parking fee, cash only Fantastic views for the effort. The trail up is mostly rocks but not terribly difficult. Great short hike with high payoff. Some people swim at the lake.Show more
#2 - Grays and Torrey's Peak
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 9.7 mi • Est. 5 h 55 m
Grays and Torrey's Peak is a 9.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hikingShow more
#3 - Maxwell Falls Lower Trail
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
As of May 27, 2020, users have reported that Part of the figure eight is closed off for revegetation. Please see the park's website for up to date information. This candy wrapper style loop trail wilShow more
#4 - Herman Gulch Trail
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 3 h 49 m
Herman Gulch Trail is a 7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options aShow more
#5 - Spruce Creek Trail to Mohawk Lakes Trail
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 4 h 17 m
Note: If you have a 4WD vehicle, you can get closer to the trailhead than the AllTrails map indicates. The trailhead on the map indicates the first 2WD parking area. Challenging elevation increase toShow more
#6 - Chief Mountain Trail
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 9 m
Please note that there is no parking lot at the trailhead. This trail offers great views of the Rockies in the Arapaho National Forest. The hike is a steady incline through a pine forest, thinning oShow more
#7 - Mayflower Lake and Lower Mohawk Lake
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 16 m
This is a beautiful trail with steady incline and incredible views throughout. You'll pass by Continental Falls shortly before arriving at the end destination of Lower Mohawk Lake. The area is paintedShow more
#8 - Silver Dollar Lake and Murray Lake Trail
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
The road leading to the trailhead can be difficult without a high clearance vehicle. Show more
#9 - Loch Lomond
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m
Note: Due to winter months or heavy snow, the upper gate will be closed. This is a shared hiking and OHV trail. The area is closed for resource protection from 10/15 - 7/15 upper gate and 12/1 - 6/1 Show more
#10 - Cascade Creek Trail to Mirror Lake and Crater Lake
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 16 mi • Est. 7 h 1 m
Permits required for overnight camping June-Mid September, designated sites only. No campfires allowed. Dogs on leash only.Show more
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