hiking

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walking

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wild flowers

birding

dogs on leash

forest

wildlife

lake

trail running

dog friendly

snowshoeing

kid friendly

mountain biking

river

cross country skiing

camping

off road driving

scenic driving

fishing

skiing

horseback riding

waterfall

fly fishing

backpacking

rock climbing

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.

off road driving
14 hours ago

Fun trail went up Saxon then down cascade creek. Very bumpy trail with a few tight spots. Iced out road was an issue. We were lucky to have someone on the other side to help us across.

hiking
1 day ago

Great day up there - 12/12/17. It was definitely windy at points but overall pleasant for a December summit! Still a surprising lack of snow. Microspikes were perfect. Took about 3 hrs RT with a brief stop at the top & along the way. We didn’t sit anywhere too long though because of the wind and cold!

I highly recommend this trail for spotting wildlife. On this trip alone, I spotted a red fox, various birds and squirrels, and mountain lion tracks

3 days ago

not much snow right now. first half of trail maybe an inch or 2. second half 4-6inches. it's all packed down, so it's not bad. I did the hike in just my boots. really no need for any traction.

Do the look out tower. We messed up and went in winter and almost died, but most memorable hike and stay.

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

A winter wonderland. I took the off-road route here and decided to go off the main trail a bit. Climbed the rocks that appeared once you are through the thick of the forest and was able to get to the top - terrific 360 views. I had snow boots on and hiked with really no problem (a little slick sometimes) but there were plenty of people snowshoeing and a few skiers as well. Will definitely be going back in the summer.

hiking
4 days ago

Lovely when you get to the lake . It's path up is quite steep and with added obstacle course of the rocks and rubble . I found it quite fun but I wouldn't be doing it with my 70 year old dad , so I wouldn't class it as easy . The lake is beautiful and then a further walk up to the Glacier just gives you that unreliable view of the peaks and the lake . Very beautiful .

Short hike, slippery and small incline until you get there! Need $5 cash to park

4 days ago

Hands down the best hike close to Denver. It’s a hidden gem, so don’t tell too many people! It starts through the evergreen trees and then breaks open at the top and overlooks spectacular views of the mountain range. Hike all the way to the top - you feel on top of the world and get a 360 view! In November it was a little icy to start but don’t let that deter you. Bundle up, it’s worth it! Fairly easy hike and the views you get are breathtaking. I’ve already gone back!

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike with spectacular views. It’s high traffic though - as it’s good for all ages and skill levels. For what you get to see, you put in very little work! I would HIGHLY recommend not calling it a day once you get to the lake base. The truly beautiful sight is above the lake, so off-road a little bit and hike up the right side. Winds were chilly in November so wear layers and bring a hat and gloves!

Went up there today and the trail is now closed for the season! You can walk past the barrier up to the actual trailhead if you want but it's a good 10 miles to the trailhead.