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Arapahoe Pass and Lake Dorothy Trail
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Arapahoe Pass and Lake Dorothy TrailCentral, CO
Central, CO
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2013
Hiking6.30 Miles 1,950 AEG
Hiking6.30 Miles   6 Hrs      1.58 mph
1,950 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
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It was a beautiful and surprisingly uncrowded day on this normally extremely popular dayhike. The Fourth of July mine ruins aren't much to see, but the wildflowers are still good for this late in the season and the view from Arapahoe Pass is gorgeous. We enjoyed a long break on the shores of Lake Dorothy before heading back down, so that trip time includes two hours of lounging. Despite nearly 2 kfeet elevation gain, this is a nice, gradual, undemanding trail. It also has some interesting geology.

A note on access:
The road turns pretty bad a little past Eldora, and there's so much congestion at the nearby Hessie TH that a shuttle bus now runs between there and Nederland. The Fourth of July TH (where this hike starts) is a little past there, up a couple miles of dreadfully rocky and rutted road.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Elephant Heads, Sickle-top Lousewort, Rose Crown, Alpine Gentian, Monkshood

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