Arapahoe Pass and Lake Dorothy Trail

HARD 53 reviews
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Arapahoe Pass and Lake Dorothy Trail is a 7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Nederland, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1958 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

6/21/17 great hike, little snow left in some areas. But nothing too bad. Waterproof shoes highly recommended due to all the snow run off. If you go up to Arapahoe pass. You might as well go check out lake Dorothy, beautiful.

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5 days ago

6 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

There were a few intermittent snowfields near 4th of July Mine. Once you got above tree line, the snow wasn't too bad. A windy but wonderful hike!

6 days ago

8 days ago

Excellent trail with even better views, trail has little to no snow. About a half mile in the trail has significant run off that poses some difficulty passing but doable. Today the wind at top of Arapaho pass was very strong 40mph + and made for very cold summit be prepared ! Enjoy the views here are fantastic

10 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

Great trail! There is still quite a bit of snow at the top which made for an interesting hike but we had fun with it. Lakes at the top were beautiful and this trail was the right level of difficult and fun for a day hike. Would definitely do it again!

hiking
2 months ago

4th of July Road still has deep snow coverage. You'll need a high clearance 4x4 with good tires or snow chains to get up. Alternatively you can park at the Hessie trail head (if you get there early) and hike to this trail head, but that'll add about 3 miles each way to you're trek. Hessie Rd still has some deep snow in it too though, so all wheel drive or 4x4 with clearance would be best, but not required.

8 months ago

8 months ago

8 months ago

Loved the trail once we got to the trailhead.
Nobody mentioned that the last 30 minutes of the drive was unpacked and VERY bumpy. If you don't have a jeep, that last half hour is long and dusty!

hiking
8 months ago

9 months ago

Went on a cloudy day but was still a great hike. Because of clouds and middle of week, it was not busy. The aspens on the drive to the trailhead were beautiful. Above tree line, views were great.

9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

One of the best hikes, in my opinion, in the state of Colorado. Very tough once you get closer to lake and very windy, but well worth every step.

hiking
9 months ago

Gorgeous hike!! Lots of sweeping views, and the changing colors were a perfect touch. It's not necessarily a difficult hike, but distance and elevation gain make for an overall more difficult trail. It's very worth the workout! It is steadily uphill, and the last mile or so turns into a leveled talus trail. We saw lots of baby marmots up there!! Definitely bring a light jacket (or heavier) for Lake Dorothy. It got suddenly very chilly once we got there.

hiking
9 months ago

This is by far the prettiest most breathtaking hike I have taken so far in Colorado. I agree with a previous review that the 4mi drive to the trailhead is very rough and 4wd would be best. Will definitely do this hike again!!!

9 months ago

This is by far my favorite hike so far. You are on top of the world when you get to Lake Dorothy.

We went up on Labor Day weekend and arrived at 8am. Definitely plan to get to the trailhead at 8am at the LATEST if you're going on a busy weekend. We were able to park along the road close to the trailhead, but we picked the last spot!

The way down had a few more people than is optimal for a nice hike - loud and a little congested with large groups. I'm chalking it up to the holiday...

BE WARNED OF THE ROAD - definitely need a 4x4 or all wheel vehicle. We made it in a Sentra a few weeks back, but our SUV this time around made it much better. This time, the Sentra probably wouldn't have made it. The condition of the road has degraded from rain.