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Difficult trail at the last stretch before Devil’s Thumb. Took me about 4-4.5 hours. I stopped a lot for my dog to get water, but there were lots of streams, too. Easy to cross. Beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and valley. I went 2 days ago so the wildfires had it pretty Smokey (I could smell smoke!) but it was safe. I wouldn’t say this was lightly trafficked - quite a few people on the trail.

Beautiful hike! We did this as the first day of a wedding weekend. I have moderate asthma and while I did need a few breaks the hike was a small challenge but doable for me. Very cold wind when you get up to the top but lots of beautiful views.

Did this last week and its great!

Great views. The last half mile is pretty steep combined with high altitude makes it pretty slow going. My son and i (from ohio) took about 2 hours up and 1:45 down. Watch for rocks on the trail, they are not ankle friendly. Overall a great afternoon with a great prize at the end.
Dont stop at the rock pile at the end, another 75 feet up the trail will get you a great view...

Wonderful hike. I try to do it once a year. Summer conditions aside from a few snow patches that are totally passable. Still wet and muddy, but nothing hiking boots can't handle. Do beware that the road up is rough - saw several sedans turn back on my way down, so 4x4 is the best way to go!

1 month ago

Only complaint i have was finding the trail head. If you want to summit snow mountain read this. You will first sadly need a YMCA pass or pay the 20 dollar day pass since a staff member made me turn around .3 miles up the trail since i didnt have a wristband. Turn onto. CR 53 to enter snow mountain ranch. Follow the signs to the bike shop and programs building. Im pretty sure its the first stop sign to the right if i remember. They will give you a map with instructions to the trailhead there but ill tell you anyway. Head south on cr 53 from the building and turn right on meadow ln. then make a left onto blue ridge road. The road curves south soon after that and then follow the signs south east to the reservoir. Park south of the reservoir by all the canoes and there is the trailhead. They tell you there are 3 peaks but i kept hiking up the ridge anyway and found out there are actually 5 peaks. I found the 5th peak sign and everything. Overall it was a great and easy hike before work and i recommend it. I didnt realize that there was a fee to be there so thats why its a lower review.

1 month ago

Did this hike on a beautiful Saturday! Took about two hours to get to the top of the pass with an active pace and minimal stoppage time. There were numerous snow field crossings along the way, nothing longer than a few hundred feet usually. Most of the crossings have a tamped down path you can follow to avoid post holing, although this still happened to me at a few points on the way down. I brought microspikes but only used them once as it was more effort put them on and take them off than it was to walk across the snow without them. I would recommend boots though as the trail became really muddy in parts as the day warmed up. Also there are several stream/water crossing. Nothing serious at all and all passable, but much easier to cross when you aren't concerned with getting your foot wear wet. I had shorts and gaitors with a quarterzip midlayer and was a great temp. Very glad I had the gaitors too for when i did post hole/kick up water. It was quite windy at the top of the pass (I was reading a steady 15-20MPH), and I was glad to have another layer then. There are also a few rock windblocks built along the ridge which can shield you from the wind. Also remember sunscreen, much of this hike is exposed, with the last mile or so being at or past the treeline. Anything I forgot to apply sunscreen to got burned pretty badly. Way down took me about two hours as I took my time and stopped places I passed by on the way up because I wanted to get up. Could probably make it down in 1.5 hrs or less if you wanted. Road was fine and both the Arapahoe Lake and Caribou lake trail seemed passable albeit exposed. Gorgeous hike!

Great hike. Decent amount of snow on upper section. 6-1-18 amazing views the whole hike and especially at the top.

End of May - after 1.8 miles was too snowy to pass without snowshoes. Nice easy hike to a good view at that point though. Several downed trees still.

Trail closed until June 15th

It was amazing to ski

Definitely moderate to hard, getting out to the meadow and up to the top in the last 2 miles was one of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen.

really great hike! it’s perfect for a hike to almost prepare you for a CO 14er.

seriously beautiful trail. went up the 1st October with 6in to 1ft snow so dress warm and get out the take tracks.

Beautiful views and easy trail to navigate. Definitely recommend bringing layers as well!

not crowded, amazing views.

10 months ago

Loved it, made it to 11,525(switched over to the glacier trail at the end), bring some layers.

10 months ago

This trail was great. I would recommend a vehicle with a high ground clearance as the camp road to the trailhead parking lot is a bit rough. I made it without incident in a Mazda 3 but moving very slowly. I trekked up to Lake Dorothy starting at this trailhead. Once you get to the fork in the trail where left is Caribou Pass and right is Columbine Lake, that's where the real climb begins. I would definitely consider this to be a very lightly trafficked trail. I was joined by only two other people on the way up. And one of those was a National Forest Ranger. I started out at around 8:00am. There were an unbelievable amount of birds around once the Sun was fully in the sky. When you reach the top and are overlooking Caribou Lake I would recommend continuing on and to the right around to Lake Dorothy. The trail is a little sketchy from there on but not impassable on a good clear day. Which it was when I had done this and the views were outstanding! Also when I went this time of year, in early September, there were a lot of hunters in the woods. Not a big deal, as long as gunfire doesn't bother you. Lots of amazing camping available, just need to purchase a backcountry pass at the Ranger station for $5 and I'm pretty sure that covers your parking as well. Not too bad IMO.

Really fun hike 1/2 way gets steep and the last 1/4 is steeper but very nice trail did not feel unsafe or anything. Took about 5:00hrs round trip or so at 2mph, poles would have been nice. Great views on the way up and up top.

We had an amazing hike today. Not a cloud in the sky. This is a difficult trail but not technical at all. You can take your time and it is well worth it. Beautiful views near continental divide.

10 months ago

My wife and I did this trail during our visit to Colorado last week and it was amazing. It was the perfect amount of a hiking challenge for two fit-ish people traveling to altitude from FL. Once we passed the Caribou Pass/Columbine Lake split, we didn't see a single person which was very nice. The scenery is was breathtaking and overall experience will never be forgotten. I highly recommend this trail.

Awesome !!

Awesome !!

This trail has everything...shade, Meadows, huge boulders, and a very difficult climb! Fantastic views at the top!

11 months ago

One of my favorite views. Have backpacked from monarch lake to this (and looped back to monarch) and just recently did this hike from the junco lake trail head. The last mile got me winded, but man, it was worth it!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Cool trail! Going up the pass is super steep, but near the top there are some beautiful views before you get up to Dorothy Lake. Did this trail with a pack on, great workout.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

We hiked to Junco Lake, which was breathtaking. The trail is a great workout with the most beautiful scenic views and lots of water. The downside? TONS of people. Granted, we did it the Saturday before a holiday weekend, so hopefully we just had terrible luck, but it felt like a Disneyland ride just walking among groups of people. There were a few ranger sightings and they were cleaning up the well maintained trails. This would be a gorgeous trail for a hot day, but definitely go early if you don't want to feel like a sheep being herded in! Overall we enjoyed being able to camp near the trailhead and walk in to a beautiful trail, it is worth it, but just be ready for a lot of people and a lot of leashed dogs!

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Continued past the 4th of July mine trail! Great views across the ridge!! Next time would continue to the lake below!!

on Arapaho Pass Trail

Monday, June 12, 2017

Stunning views at the top! Would love to hike this one again once the wild flowers bloom.

We started at about eight this morning and ran into very few people on the way up. About halfway back down we started running into a lot more people.

There's still plenty of snow on the trail. Some patches were pretty icy on the way up. Totally passable for anyone in hiking boots.

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