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Backpacking: Colorado > Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests > Sulphur Ranger District

Quick Facts

Arapaho Pass Trail (west side)

Beginning Elevation: 8,360 Feet (2606.0 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 3,546 Feet (1105.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,906 Feet (3711.3 Meters) at Arapaho Pass
Length, One-way: 9.3 Miles (15.5 Kilometers) to Arapaho Pass
Other Maps: Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest Map
TI Topo Maps: #102, Indian Peaks, Gold Hill
Trail Number: 6
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Monarch Lake

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

The Arapaho Pass Trail, #6, is located east of Granby in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. It leads from Monarch Lake, up the heavily forested Arapaho Creek drainage, and over Arapaho Pass. The trail passes Caribou Lake as it reaches timberline. The pass offers an incredible vantage point for viewing the surrounding area. Travelers can continue down the east slope of the divide to the Fourth of July Trailhead.

This trail is located within the Indian Peaks Wilderness - regulations apply. A permit is required for overnight users between June 1 and September 15.

Directions from Granby: Follow Highway 40 west to Highway 34. Go north on Hwy 34 to Forest Road 125, on the south end of Lake Granby. Follow 125 east to the Monarch Lake Trailhead. Hike the Southside Trail around Monarch Lake to the Arapaho Pass Trail.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall (NOTE: Accessibility depends on snow depth and weather.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Arapaho Pass Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Arapaho Pass Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Arapaho Pass Trail

Related Activities
Arapaho Bay Campground - Arapaho Bay Campground is located north of Granby in the Arapaho National Recreation Area. It sits on the southeast end of Lake Granby, at an elevation of 8,360 feet.

Arapaho Pass Trail (east side) - This trail climbs out of the 4th of July Campground to the Arapaho Pass where it connects with the Caribou Pass Trail.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Sulphur Ranger District, 62429 US Hwy 40, P.O. Box 10 , Granby, CO, 80446, Phone: 970-887-4100, Fax: 970-887-4102, TTY: 970-887-4101


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