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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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South Ridge Trad, Alpine, 2000'
North Star Couloir Trad, Alpine, 2000'
Skywalker Couloir Alpine, 1500'
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Skywalker Couloir CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Arapahoe Peaks
Skywalker Couloir is the main couloir on the south face of South Arapahoe Peak. Approach via Eldora, Hessie, and the Fourth of July Mine trail. From the mine, take the right fork up the trail toward the couloir, and when the trail turns east up the hillside, head straight north to the base of the couloir. It starts at about 40 degrees and gradually steepens to 55 degrees near the top. A direct finish (Princess Leia variation) through a narrow slot is steeper - 60-65 degrees and quite aesthet...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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