North Arapaho Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: via South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2022-08-06, By: csf-lhiver
Info: A fun ridge to cross. Solid rock. Slab section is fun with some crimp holds. Coming down that section is also fun. Whole ridge is great with some cool views of Arapaho Glacier. 
Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2022-07-18, By: jbealer
Info: more of a PSA then a conditions report. the slab is getting pretty smooth, grippe/approach shoes are recommended. the route was really busy for a Sunday. I have never seen so many people on a class 4 route with out helmets on. I get that its a traverse and there is not much above you but some people do take a direct route above you and helmets do help in a fall while you are navigating some of the moves on this route. there was also a dog on the traverse, look, i get that you might think you have the most capable bad ass dog out there but a busy Sunday is not the time to bring them on this route. you lifted your dog up the rock, let go of the leash and it then climb up and wrapped the leash around my friends legs as she was standing out of the way to let you up the notch, not cool. other then that i was happy that my 3rd attempt at this peak was a success finally, 4 times up SA has been enough. Also that snow patch near the notch is melted enough you can just step past it, the boulder right at the hole is lose as are a few more boulders as you step out of the hole from the notch if you choose the crawl through the opening on the right side, or you can go left and step up the large rocks. 
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Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2022-07-05, By: Abominabl31
Info: The traverse route between South and North Arapahoe Peaks is free of snow - almost. There is one small patch of snow in the final notch to North Arapahoe Peak summit. I consider myself strictly a summer conditions climber and was able to climb past in climber's left side of the notch it's in. I only had to put my right foot on the ice once while keeping a solid hand hold. I had micro-spikes but didn't feel the need to use them or any traction. So, that bit of snow is certainly not a deterrent but perhaps good to know that when seeing it from a distance. Overall, very beautiful out there! 
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Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2022-07-03, By: nleatham
Info: Route is in and clear of snow. 
Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2021-10-02, By: Hannah_Madden
Info: Trail up South Arapaho totally clear of snow. Snow starts immediately on the traverse from South to North Arapaho. Was able to do most of the route without any gear but got shut down at the final down climb before the last notch just below the summit. Route describes it as a somewhat exposed class 3 down climb of 50 feet. With the snow that covered it, you would definitely need gear, the amount dependent on your level of risk acceptance. I wouldn't do it without a rope. Winter is here folks! 
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Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2021-07-27, By: Ericsheffey
Info: Full summer conditions throughout. Wildflowers seem to be in peak condition along the trail up lending to great scenery all around. The scramble was short and sweet. The class 4 move felt really easy, and the rest of it can honestly be kept closer to class 2, which is what we did on the way S - > N, but then we stayed ridge proper the way back for some better class 4 fun. Fun 13ers all in all, and great views all around. Someone educate me though: I've been told the Arapaho Glacier is one of the few places in CO where you might find any semblance of crevasse activity (as well as the Fair Glacier), but it's in the Boulder Watershed off-limits area, so no one can actually go out there onto it. Just curious, do those look like small crevasses in my photos of the glacier, or am I going crazy? 
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Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2021-07-14, By: -wren-
Info: Summer conditions. If it rained the night before, watch out for slippery damp rock, particularly the 4th class slab moves which are on pretty small holds and might be significantly harder if wet. IMHO, if you're short the few moves may feel like 5th class, but a consequential fall would be very unlikely, you'd just slide a couple feet and land back on the ledge. 
Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2021-07-06, By: hr011242
Info: No snow along the route at all, summer conditions. 
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Route: Caribou pass. West side
Posted On: 2021-06-23, By: Uncle beanhead
Info: Was going to do the traverse over to N.Arapaho from columbine lake a but caribou is still a snow field and probably will be for sometime. It is possible to go up and over the snowfield on Mt.Neva's northern slope. Once up on Neva I was able to see that the last crux gully on N.Arapaho was still holding snow but the rest of the route looked clear. So I decided to do the north ridge on Mt. Neva instead. The route is snow free the entire way, and this route is a blast as well. I've been looking at doing this ridge for a year or so and finally did it. The class 4 wall wasn't all that difficult and the rest of the ridge was just a really fun scramble. I will try and post a few pics to go along. 
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Route: North Star couloir
Posted On: 2021-06-06, By: SnowAlien
Info: After seeing a giant party on Skywalker (and more skiers on the way), we rerouted to North Arapahoe over the pass. We had good freeze all the way to the base of the couloir, but as soon as we started up the apron, the feeze got very marginal. We persevered 2k ft and summitted @11am. Only the top part of the line skied well, the rest was kinda rough. Once out of the couloir the snow became supportable again! We ran into a lot of skiers and hikers in the basin. Bottom line: need a good solid freeze to enjoy this SW line. We hiked in trailrunners to about 11,200 ft - standard SE trail turnoff and approximate start of continuous snow. Waterfalls are spectacular! Neva looked snowy 
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Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2020-09-13, By: bryanpeck3
Info: Last week's snow storm made the traverse from South Arapaho Peak interesting at points. We saw one other set of footprints but not for long. The class 4 section was not impacted but shortly afterwards there was snow on the western slopes of the ridge. This added an exposed Class 3 move to maneuver around rocks without going on steep snow. Also, the last downclimb before summitting was covered in ice and snow (see attached pictures). The easiest way to avoid this exposed, steep downclimb would be a 10-ft vertical downclimb (we saw one foothold but it was too inclined to see further). Rather than doing the dangerous but doable blind downclimb on this rock or the steep slope, we turned back. The final ascent was clearly dry. 
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Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2020-07-27, By: jasongraves99
Info: clear of all snow on route 
Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2020-07-21, By: pcsongei
Info: I lost my wallet somewhere up on the mountain today. Hiked from 4th of July TH up to South Arapahoe and then across the traverse to North Arapahoe. Have not idea where I lost it, but it's probably up there somewhere. If you see it, please reach out to me - I would be forever grateful! It's a light blue stitched wallet with red donut circles stitched onto it. Otherwise, conditions were great and there were very few people high up on the mountain. More crowds down on the lower parts of the trail as I was coming down. 
Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2020-07-03, By: bigredmachine
Info: Full on summer conditions! No extra gear needed. 
Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2020-06-21, By: Andunn
Info: With the snow Thursday / Friday conditions were rough. Lots of icy and snow on the traverse. We did NOT use traction but had it with us and probably a good idea just depending on what is most comfortable. The wind and cold made it a very tough climb, but epic views and absolutely amazing hike so just be smart and gear up. Waterproof footwear is a game changer for the many water crossings. Stating the obvious but this hike is not for beginners. We only saw two others make the traverse. 
Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2020-06-21, By: Andunn
Info: With the snow Thursday / Friday conditions were rough. Lots of icy and snow on the traverse. We did NOT use traction but had it with us and probably a good idea just depending on what is most comfortable. The wind and cold made it a very tough climb, but epic views and absolutely amazing hike so just be smart and gear up. Waterproof footwear is a game changer for the many water crossings. Stating the obvious but this hike is not for beginners. We only saw two others make the traverse. 
Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2020-06-13, By: Jonathan Deffenbaugh
Info: Snow free on the Class 4 Crux section. Followed the arrows 👍 Two ways up to the summit plateau. Took the direct south facing gully, had some snow, but no big deal with microspikes. West gully's snow free. 
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Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2019-07-26, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Dry and summer conditions on the traverse. One tiny patch of snow you can step around after the last climb just before you stroll up to the summit. 
Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2019-07-21, By: salmanalsaif
Info: Traverse is dry and snow free. Took us about 2 hours round-trip to get to N Arapaho from S Arapaho and back. Wasn't windy when we attempted it, but it usually is so don't leave your wind jacket at home. 
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Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2019-07-21, By: supranihilest
Info: The approach to just above treeline is rather wet. There are lots of stream crossings and near treeline there's some standing water. It's all avoidable with proper footwork. The rest of the trail is dry, as is the full traverse between the Arapahos. 

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