South Arapaho Peak

South Arapaho Peak
Photo by Michael Jokela, all rights reserved.

A nice thirteener in the popular and beautiful Indian Peaks, which are easily and quickly accessible from Boulder. The standard route goes up from the Fourth of July trailhead (10,400'), which is up a forest service road, past the Eldora ski resort. A well-beaten trail (Arapaho Glacier Trail) takes you to a 12,700' saddle between Peak 13,035' and South Arapaho Peak. From there, the summit is a tedious class 2 boulder-hop.

A popular (and fantastic) traverse goes from South Arapaho Peak to North Arapaho Peak (13,502'). It requires some class 3/4 scrambling and is quite exposed during an electrical storm, but a worthwhile adventure.

Elevation (feet): 13,397
Elevation (meters): 4,083
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Front Range
State: Colorado
Latitude: 40.01999
Longitude: -105.650024
Difficulty: Walk up
Nearest major airport: Denver
Convenient Center: Nederland

Trip Reports

There are 5 trip reports for South Arapaho Peak.

  • Log #21524 - by Michael Jokela on Nov 28, 20083.00 stars
    Nice hike up to it. Not too hard of a climb. Great views from the top. Great climb for beginners.
  • Log #15776 - by Richard D. Jehn on May 07, 20033.00 stars
    It was a significant climb. We adventured up the trail from Rainbow Lake Campground to the base of the South Arapaho. Patricia went back to camp, but the two of us (I can't remember his name; we had...
  • Log #15777 - by Donne Puckle on Sep 30, 20023.00 stars
    Hiked up to Arapaho Glacier overlook from the 4th of July trailhead. There were some ominous clouds rolling in from the west, and I wasn't really prepared, so I will give this one a try some other...
  • Log #15778 - by Brice on Oct 04, 20013.00 stars
    I've climbed S. Arapahoe twice via the Skywalker Couloir. Great route! The finish that Roach calls "Princess Leia" was in the second time and provided a steep (70 degree) snow finish.
  • Log #15779 - by Morgan Brown on Nov 04, 20003.00 stars
    A fantastic alternative to climbing a 14'er. I summitted South Arapaho Peak via the standard route (Arapaho Glacier Trail/Fourth of July Trailhead) and attempted North Arapaho Peak via the connecting...