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Arapahoe Peaks  

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Elevation: 13,502'
Location: 40.0267, -105.649 View Map  Incorrect?
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The Arapahoe Peaks, located west of Boulder in the heart of the Indian Peaks wilderness are host to a few ridges and couloirs of note. Great views and easy access override the annoyance of the Boulder watershed prohibition area to the east of the mountains.

Getting There 

Drive up Boulder Canyon (CO 119) to Nederland and follow signs to Eldora (the town, not the ski area). Drive through the town and up the dirt road, bearing right to the [Fourth] of July trailhead. Use the appropriate trail to approach your climb. Roach's book is a good reference.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.7 miles from here

4 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Arapahoe Peaks:
South Ridge        Trad, Alpine, 2000'   
North Star Couloir        Trad, Alpine, 2000'   
Skywalker Couloir        Alpine, 1500'   
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Michael Smith muggs on the descent.

North Star Couloir   CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Arapahoe Peaks
This gem of a snow couloir winds its way up the secluded West face of North Arapaho Peak (13,502'). Climb this route early in the spring during a good snow year as the upper section of the route melts out and reveals an unpleasant, steep scree field. You might be accessing this climb from a busy trailhead, but you leave the crowds behind once you cross onto the western face of the Arapahoes. It is a long way to the North Star, 8 miles round trip from the Fourth of July trailhead, so a high bi...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Mt. Neva, with the Gore Range in the distance, from the summit of North Arapahoe.
Mt. Neva, with the Gore Range in the distance, fro...
South Arapahoe Peak.
South Arapahoe Peak.
North face of North Arapahoe from Navajo Peak.
North face of North Arapahoe from Navajo Peak.
Arapaho Glacier.
Arapaho Glacier.
North Arapahoe Pk in early July 2011.
North Arapahoe Pk in early July 2011.
South Arapaho, winter, viewed from the south-southeast. Skywalker Coluoir visible below summit. Recent snow makes coverage look more generous than it typically is in midwinter.
BETA PHOTO: South Arapaho, winter, viewed from the south-south...
The traverse from South Arapahoe to North Arapahoe Peak. There is a cairned and painted route, but I recommend staying as close as possible to the edge and scoping it out as you go.  That way you get maximal exposure and none of the moves are that hard even in hiking boots.
The traverse from South Arapahoe to North Arapahoe...

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By Jeremy Monahan
From: Fort Fun, CO
May 6, 2006
Anyone been up any of the couloirs on Arapahoe this year?? If so, what are the conditions like? Thanks.
By JVonD
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 2, 2010
Amazing scenes from South and North Arapahoe Peaks in the beautiful Colorado Front Range out side of Boulder.