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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.

Stunning and challenging hike. Just got back and my legs are fried. The beginning starts off steep and gets you right into it. After that it's a bit of up and down until you get to the base of Grizzly. Its quite intimidating from the bottom, but oh so rewarding if you make it up the steep ascent. A bit of loose gravel and a little bit if scrambling will be well worth it if you have any energy left by that point.

2 days ago

Shouldn't be call spruce creek. Should be label Continental Falls and Mohawk Lakes. Highly recommend skipping the loop and just off roading to the top of the "loop". If you can't, take the left loop out and back. The falls and lakes were incredible. Amazing views. Still a lot of snow at the lower lake. Didn't go to the upper lake. There's lot of trails so don't get lost. I used this app to keep me on the correct path. Fantastic hike. Highly recommended!

A good amount of runoff is trickling down the trail still, and several streams crossing the path. I'd highly recommend waterproof shoes but you could probably get by without them. No snow at the bottom of the trail but the final mile has a fair amount. Nothing terribly deep, it's mostly packed down, but enough to lose the trail. I went a little later in the day and was able to follow the footprints no problem to stay on trail, but use your map if you plan on going early. I unfortunately got blown out by a massive thunderstorm just shy of the lake so I didn't get to see it, but I hear the snow cleared up and the lake was still beautifully frozen!

Short hike, with a pretty lake at the end. Lots of good spots for lunch or a snack near the lake. We went early in the day during the week in June and there was only one other couple there. We did also see moose in the vicinity.

6/21/2017 This was a tough hike but we made it to the top! Beautiful. If you can jeep it up part way, I would recommend it. We hiked from the trailhead parking and were jealous of those driving past us. We had to stop and rest often. It took us 3.5 hours to get up and 2 hours to get down. We are from the Midwest and had to fight the altitude. So so so pretty! We met many nice folks.

Good easy hike this morning. We had the top of the mountain to ourselves this morning (8:30) but passed a lot of people on there way up an hour or so later (so go early). Beautiful views from the top. I guess this hike could be done in 1.5 hours but more realistically this is a 2.5 hour up and back hike.

BTW, If you lost the keys to your Mazda, they are at the base of the trail maker (just off the road)

3 days ago

We didn't make it to the upper lake because of the snow, but everything up to that point was incredible. We also checked out the Mayflower Lake and the Continental Falls. Definitely a must-do hike!

Loved it ! There was still a bit of snow (June 18th) so waterproof hiking boots would be nice, but i did it in sneakers, i didnt mind wet feet. Such great views at the top.

3 days ago

No snow. About 3 places where you'd appreciate having waterproof shoes.
I left at 7:30 am on a Wednesday and didn't see a soul until I was coming back, and then just a handful of people. I strongly recommend weekdays if you can swing it.
Classic hike. A couple of gorgeous bristlecone pine trees at the cirque.

3 days ago

Beautiful hike! The trailhead is in the West Guanella Pass Summit parking lot. The views of Mount Evans and Mount Bierstadt do not disappoint! This is a great hike for dogs, as you cross multiple streams and patches of snow throughout. I highly recommend waterproof hiking boots for the snow and the mud, and because many areas of this hike require passing through streams.
Although it was 15° cooler than Georgetown, it is all sun-exposed, so sunscreen and sunglasses are a must.
Extra perks: wildflowers everywhere and we saw a moose about 100 ft from the trailhead!

3 days ago

6/20/17. Took the trail up to Mayflower lake. Lake was not frozen, saw a couple of people fishing. Took the Jeep trail back to parking lot. The actual trail is very muddy and snowy. Waterproof shoes a must. Not very scenic since most of the hike is in the trees. Lake very nice though.

directions led us to the top of berthoud pass (coming from empire the restrooms and parking lot were on the right) trailhead on the left of the pass. Lost the trail pretty quickly because of snow but managed to scramble up to the ridge and then it was visible the entire way. One part was a steeper incline but it had switchbacks so no complaints! Amazzzzinnnnngggg views. Decided we were at the end when we came to this rock throne structure.