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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.

This is one of my favorite hikes and I plan to come back! The scenery is stunning, the trail is well maintained but still natural. The lake is kept quiet and peaceful and even though it’s busy I never felt crowded. We started to the left this time and the shady trees were perfect for the afternoon in September 2017. Highly recommend! Now I want to paddle board the lake itself. We also saw a juvenile moose in the marsh to the south of the trail near the parking area.

Really nice loop and super close to Breck.

Road blocked off by snow drifts that are impassable as of May, 19 2018. In a 4 inch lifted jeep it was not possible for us. Come back when its warmer.

We saw 3 moose on this trip! It was fabulous! We started out left too with other hiker’s advice. The other side had more ice and snow. It was much dryer than 10 days ago. Right side did have some ice but not too much. The marsh lands on the back side of the lake were amazing. Found a nice log to grab a bite to eat on next to the river. There were several man made bridges to go over so good balance is required on some. It was a lovely trail. We will be back!

First week of May it was still very cold, windy, and snowy. Couldn’t really find the trail. No restrooms. Stunning views though even just from the beginning of the trail off the road. Was worth the drive and view, but bummed we couldn’t really hike.

Went in 3.3 mi on May 17 -- conditions good with some snow patches and postholing but easy enough. The creek crossing at ~2.7 mi in was challenging though.

Great place to hike without having to make a valiant climb to reach a summit. Undulates for most of the way, with occasional rough footing but nothing that a novice hiker would be unable to accomplish. The view was great despite the moderate elevation and hiking next to the creek gives a good “naturalistic” feel. Great Frisco hike, conveniently located.

This was a tough hike, but so worth it!! The views of Torreys along the way up are stunning!! I am pretty sure I was the first to the top around 9:15 am. Spotty snow, if that, a couple of places took a little longer to maneuver through. The final push to the top was completely dry which was definitely a plus. I would do it again but I just moved out here and have so much to explore this summer!

4 days ago

Hit this trail last week. Great views on the way up and absolutely stunning at the top. There’s a radio tower of some sort that we explored for a while. Overall great hike but definitely would’ve been better if I had snow shoes. Also great for backcountry skiing or snowboarding

Do not waste you’re time with this road. Simple as that.

5 days ago

May 15. Very little snow; less than 1% left on the top part of the trail. You must hike until the end...the views are beautiful. Great place to have lunch. First 3.5 miles are all up hill. Enjoy. Instagram ec_boyd

more of a set of Meandering footpaths than a hiking trail. crocus and little yellow and blue flowers in bloom. This is more of a neighborhood stroll, goes through folks backyards depending on the route you take. if you do not have a good sense of direction, make a note of which forks you take as it can get confusing on the way back. mostly exposed so bring a hat and sunscreen and water. Could be nice for running on your long run day. not much elevation gain, pretty wide vistas. goes through mostly Meadows in the beginning.

Spactecular views, but very intense ups and downs. We started at the trailhead at 9:15am and a Tuesday. Traffic held us up, we were hoping to start at 8am. We ended up getting off the mountain at 2:45pm.
This event put us back a bit, and unfortunately we were unable to Summit Grizzly.
We did however Summit Cupid, and it was just jaw-dropping.
Careful on the way down from Cupid towards Grizzly,
The path is misleading and covered in snow, and there are a lot of only steep ways down.
Wind was always there. But it wasn’t a bother.
We used yak traks closer to the top.

Bottom line: be prepared for this one if you plan to go far,
But the physical tone and views make it the perfect payoff.

Will be back for Grizzly.

Took my 4Runner up but the gate is still closed. All snow has been melted as of 3 days ago..

on St. Mary's Glacier

6 days ago

I usually agree with the average rating on AllTrails but not in this case. Yes it is close to Denver but this is overrated on all accounts. Drive an extra 20-30 minutes for many more options.

One of my favorite hikes that I've ever done. Not too physically demanding, but so rewarding. The views at the top are insane, even with cloud coverage. The drive up to the trailhead is a treat in itself too. Did this one 5/14/18 and would recommend crampons or microspikes for the descent- I can imagine it'd be a little slick without them. However, the risk of post-holing is pretty much gone! Get up there and see some beauty!!!

Super cool to see a glacier! Great hike for someone who wants epic views without it taking a chunk of your day. The trail was icy/slushy when we went 5/13/18 but nothing terrible in hiking boots!

7 days ago

I hiked grays to torreys and whent down Kelso ridge. it was covered in snow about 75 80% got off trail and post holed it back for cuple miles... ;) next time it's kelso.to.torreys to Gray's then out ..

the ridge is the best.. I did grays to Torres then down climbed the ridge super fun specially with all the snow up top and post holing on the way back :)) but hey who needs gear

Good trail for a quick rigorous hike. Go a little further to get a good view (despite being near some power lines)

7 days ago

Bring your yaktrax and poles to make your life easier during this time of the year. The lower section, for about 2 miles, has a nice pack and is pretty breezy. Once you get past the “1 mile to Lower Mohawk” sign, you will run into soft snow and deep post holes. I would definitely go early, when the snow is more stiff, if you plan on making it to Mohawk Lakes without snowshoes. Wasn’t able to make it past Lower Mohawk since I didn’t bring my snowshoes. It’s gonna be an awesome summer hike!! Looking forward to getting back on this trail.

off road driving
8 days ago

Fun trail, but as of this date (5/12/18) it becomes unpassible at about 3 - 3 1/2 miles in because of deep heavy snow. Had to turn around.

8 days ago

We hiked this trail today. Was amazing! Still some snow up top and good hiking shoes needed for sure as some of the piles are still deep. Also some water crossing you will get wet if not careful. This trail is a lot of up up up for the first 3 miles. But it’s worth it. We didn’t actually see anyone else out there til we were on our way back, which is perfect for those of us that like the path less taken. Happy Trails!

Trail head has Portal Potties (not the cleanest). $5 fee to park (Honor System). The trail is pretty steep and rocky in the beginning but not bad at all. Once you reach the top it's amazing. Mountains were covered in snow. The trail is covered in snow, some slush but no ice..snow is very very slippery in sneakers so wear boots. At the top you can ski down, snow board or just slide down. The lake was half frozen. Beautiful pictures on this trail. Trail had moderate traffic. Definitely coming back when snow is melted.

Be ready for intense winds and still crossing a few snow fields. The view from the ridge line is beautiful if you can handle the gusts. The parking lot is heavily used by back-country skiers, so get there early if you want a spot. There have also been many recent spring avalanches along Loveland pass, so keep your eyes out while driving as well.

fun trash bag sledding!

Enjoyable, yet early- sunken steps.

I can’t comment on the trail itself because we never actually got to it. We went May 7 and it was snow covered. The reason for the bad review is because you have to drive up a bad road to get to the trailhead. Once there, you discover you are at a shooting range and people aren’t even staying within the posted areas to shoot. Doesn’t make for a good trip when your children are frightened and your baby starts crying because of the gunfire.

Nice trail and enjoyed the falls. The only thing missing were nice vista views

A steep start (34% grades in part of the first mile) is balanced out by some gentle saddle backs up to sniktau. This is a relatively easy 13er with the exception of wind/sheer exposure being above tree line the entire hike. The trail comes to a T at the end of the first mile of you want to take a right toward Cupid or Grizzly Mountains (or keep left for Sniktau). Little to no snow on the trail makes this one doable without traction or poles. Bring layers for wind, and start early to avoid the backcountry skiing crowd at the parking lot.

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