Arapaho Glacier Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews
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Arapaho Glacier Trail is a 17.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Caribou City, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
17.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5147 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

trail running
2 months ago

We started early morning: around 5:10AM, still in the dark from Rainbow Lake Trailhead, close to the campground. That turned out to be a great idea: as we climbed higher and higher we were greeted with awesome views of the horizon painted various orange/red/yellow colors as the sun was rising. Also saw from different spots Boulder with its lights still on, so great early morning views.
Then the light rain started, which pretty much stayed with us the entire time. Occasional windy spots, such as at Arapaho Glacier. With being wet, the occasionally strong wind was definitely not helping.
Despite of the steady, but light rain, still enjoyed this trip very much! The views with the clouds moving in and partially hiding the surrounding peaks, provided for unique views.
Except for a short section where we still had to go through a snowfield (easy, no issues), the trail was clear from snow, but wet. As we were descending to Arapaho Pass Trail, the lower we got the more often the trail went through thick patches of bushes. Amazing, how much water those bushes can hold: each time felt like taking a shower, so there were not many dry spots on our clothes. Shoes and socks were already dripping wet.
The solitude this trail provided with the light rain was very special and very relaxing, so completely didn't care about being wet, but more enjoyed our time...
With the elevation gain, it is a great workout and the trail most of the time is single track. Above tree line it is very technical, so if you want to work on your foot work and cadence, this is the route for you... :-)

2 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked trail in July 7,2002. Nice views of lakes, waterfall,and flowers. July was the best time to hike this high trail.