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A forbidden beauty. The lovely (but off limits) Arikaree Peak, 13,150', at sunset.  Nov. '04.

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By Alan Ream
From: Lafayette CO
Nov 2, 2008

Wow!

By Brad Brandewie
Sep 22, 2009

Beautiful shot, Keen.

Why is this off limits? Boulder water supply?

By Bill Duncan
From: Jamestown, CO
Sep 22, 2009

Yep, apparently we can't have any dirt from our boots in the pristine snows of the precious Boulder water supply. ;-)

Nice shot, Keen.

By Keen Butterworth
From: Boulder
Sep 22, 2009

Thanks guys. Yeah, stupid Boulder watershed. I mean, don't they know all of us Boulderites drink deionized, reverse osmosis, vitamin enriched water with a double twist of lemon and a little spritzer anyway? I mean, doesn't everybody? Who cares if there is a little piss in the tap water. C'mon! Look at the north ridge of that thing!

By Allen Hill
From: FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Sep 22, 2009

I've climbed it. It's so rarely climbed that the summit register was placed there by Roger Toll in the early twenties. What was really fun for me was all four Hill sibling are on it. I actually had no idea it's off limits. I thought just Arapahoe glacier was closed.

By YDPL8S
From: Santa Monica, Ca.
Sep 23, 2009

Now Allen, ignorance is no excuse :-)

This is a beautiful pic, I just put it up as my desktop.

By G8rFtBall
Dec 21, 2009

Thanks for the new desktop pic! All pics should be this big and high res.

And I guess technically, it isn't the dirty boots as much as people's crap they don't want rolling into the boulder water supply. Since "some" Boulder residents think their shit doesn't stink, they don't want Denverite feces washing off that peak.

By Bjorn
From: Near Joshua Tree
Mar 4, 2010

I think I'll go eat wings at the Rock Rest before climbing this one.

By dave v
Mar 19, 2010

Nice shot. Looks like it was taken from Niwot Ridge? Actually Arikaree is legally climbable from the west slope. Access up Wheeler Basin. Just don't go wandering around on the east (watershed) side.

By Keen Butterworth
From: Boulder
Jul 14, 2010

Dave, good call. I took it while descending off of Navajo, so yes, pretty much the top of Niwot Ridge. As for the legality of the peak, I was going off of what Roach's guidebook says. He says it is off limits and says it has been the focal point of an ongoing battle between the city of Boulder and those that want to climb these peaks. He even talks of one climber getting nearly assaulted by an overzealous patroller, and that guy approached from Wheeler Basin. Of course, that guidebook is pretty old now so maybe they've relaxed their stance on it? I don't know. If you look at a map though, the majority of the peak is in the watershed zone. Only a portion of the western shoulder is in the wilderness area. Sounds like plenty of people get away with it though....

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A forbidden beauty. The lovely (but off limits) Arikaree Peak, 13,150', at sunset. Nov. '04.

Submitted By: Keen Butterworth on Jul 29, 2008