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Best bird watching trails in Arapaho National Forest, Colorado

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Arapaho National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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#1 - 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 towards the end, but there is a beautiful waterfall that rewards you half way up.Show more
#2 - 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
#3 - Mount Flora Trail
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 3 h 37 m
#4 - Hells Hole Trail
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 4 h 44 m
This is a very popular trail leading up into the glacial cirque known as Hell's Hole. Traveling along West Chicago Creek, the trail climbs for a mile to a bench above and west of the creek. The trail continues climbing less steeply, through lodgepole forest and into the bristlecone pines. The trail ends at timberline in Hell's Hole, in an open meadow at the base of Grey Wolf Mountain.Show more
#5 - Second Creek Trail to Twin Cones
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 11 m
The trail begins at Second Creek Trailhead along Highway 40 into gentle climbing in the forested area along Second Creek before opening up to the north near treeline and ascending 800 vertical feet. At the top of the ridge you'll pass the old Second Creek Cabin A-frame, replaced by the newer Broome Hut. Dogs are not allowed at Broome Hut.Show more
#6 - Rainbow Lake Trail
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 42 m
The current directions take you to a spot with no parking. There is free parking close by at the intersection of 2nd Ave and S. Cabin Green. There is a sign at the lot that points you in the right direction to the Rainbow Lake Trail.Show more
#7 - Torreys Peak and Kelso Ridge Loop via Gray's Peak Trail
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 5 h 28 m
North east ridge is the ridge between Torreys (14er) and Kelso Mountain(13er.) A class 3 hike that does take some mountaineering experience. You will encounter exposure and rock climbing. Probably not a good place for a dog. Follow the standard trail for about 1.5miles to Grays and Torreys and cut right and follow the trail to the lower part of the saddle between Kelso and Torreys. Here you will see a mine, and climb up and then strap in your helmet. Follow the ridge, there is a trail that comes and goes. If you feel it is getting too hard, turn around and find an easier way. You can make this trail as difficult as you want.Show more
#8 - Spruce Creek Loop
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
#9 - Maxwell Falls Bluffs Cliffside Trail Loop
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 3 h
#10 - Grizzly Peak and Cupid Peak via Mount Sniktau Trail and Loveland Pass
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 4 h 29 m
Grizzly Peak D via Cupid from Loveland Pass.Show more
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