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.
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.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Arapahoe Peaks:
South Ridge Trad, Alpine, 2000 feet, Grade II
North Star Couloir Trad, Alpine, 2000 feet, Grade II
Skywalker Couloir Alpine, 1500 feet, Grade II
Featured Route For Arapahoe Peaks
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 Arapahos. It is a long way to the North Star, 8 miles round trip from the Fourth of July trailhead, so a high bivy...[more] Browse More Classics in CO