Arapaho Peaks Excursion

Tue 13 Aug.   From the Junco Lake Trailhead, take the Caribou trail southeast over Caribou Pass to Lake Dorothy. Make camp at Lake Dorothy. In the afternoon, climb Mt. Neva and, from that vantage, observe the routes on the Arapahos. Map.

Wed 14 Aug.   Make an early start and procede east to Arapaho pass, where we will pick up the Arapaho Pass trail eastbound. At Fourth of July Mine, take the Arapaho Glacier trail northeast towards South Arapaho Peak. The Skywalker Couloir should be visible as we pass 12,000 feet. We will leave the trail and approach the base of the couloir. Depending on snow conditions, we may elect to bypass the couloir, but if conditions are reasonable we will ascend to a point on the ridge near the summit of South Arapaho Peak.

The ridge traverse from the south peak to the north peak is one of the classics of the Colorado Rockies. The crux is a granite slab inclined about 70 degrees. Normally this route is rated class 3 with a few class 4 moves, but in challenging conditions it could go to class 5.

After gaining the North Arapaho Peak (13,502), we will return across the ridge to South Arapaho Peak (13,397). If there are now parties in Skywalker Couloir, we may elect to descend by that route, otherwise we will descend the normal route which follows the south ridge of the mountain to the Arapaho Glacier trail.

Time, energy, and weather permitting, we can attempt the unnamed peak 13,038 to the east of South Arapaho Peak before returning to camp at Lake Dorothy.

Thu 15 Aug.   We will return to Junco Lake Trailhead by the approach route, but climbing Satanta Peak from Caribou Pass enroute.

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