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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 167 great hiking trails, 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 103 moderate trails in Arapaho National Forest ranging from 1 to 35.1 miles and from 7,746 to 13,641 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 - Maxwell Falls Lower Trail
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
This candy wrapper style loop trail will take you past 2 small waterfalls and Upper Maxwell Falls if you do the whole loop. This forested trail has two trail head options with a loop in the middle. ThShow more
#3 - Grays and Torrey's Peak
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 5 h 35 m
Grays and Torrey's Peak is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiShow more
#4 - Herman Gulch Trail
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 43 m
Well travelled / maintained trail. Don’t worry... in about 15-20 minutes you’ll forget all about I-70Show more
#5 - Spruce Creek Trail to Mohawk Lakes Trail
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 4 h 54 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 55 m
This trail offers great views of the Rockies in the Arapaho National Forest. The hike is a steady incline through a pine forest, thinning out at the top, with breath taking 360 degree vistas. PromineShow more
#7 - Loch Lomond
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m
Although the Arapaho National Forest is open for recreation, the road is closed to out of county visitors due to COVID-19 concerns. Hikers must either walk or ride a bike to trailheads. So, please plaShow 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
Silver Dollar Lake and Murray Lake Trail is a 3.9 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 numbShow more
#9 - Cascade Creek Trail to Mirror Lake and Crater Lake
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 14.3 mi • Est. 7 h 16 m
Permits required for overnight camping June-Mid September, designated sites only. No campfires allowed. Dogs on leash only.Show more
#10 - Spruce Creek Road to Mohawk Lake and Continental Falls
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 3 h 34 m
Note: During the winter, trail is HARD due to snow. Please check with the weather and park page before attempting. Snowshoes/microspikes are recommended when there is snow.Show more
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