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A forbidden beauty. The lovely (but off limits) Arikaree Peak, 13,150', at sunset.  Nov. '04.
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Northwest Corner
Jul 29, 2008
A forbidden beauty. The lovely (but off limits) Arikaree Peak, 13,150', at sunset. Nov. '04.  
Dave, good call. I took it while descending off of Navajo, so yes, pretty much the top of Niwot Ridge. As for the legality of the peak, I was going off of what Roach's guidebook says. He says it is off limits and says it has been the focal point of an ongoing battle between the city of Boulder and those that want to climb these peaks. He even talks of one climber getting nearly assaulted by an overzealous patroller, and that guy approached from Wheeler Basin. Of course, that guidebook is pretty old now so maybe they've relaxed their stance on it? I don't know. If you look at a map though, the majority of the peak is in the watershed zone. Only a portion of the western shoulder is in the wilderness area. Sounds like plenty of people get away with it though.... Jul 14, 2010
dave v  
Nice shot. Looks like it was taken from Niwot Ridge? Actually Arikaree is legally climbable from the west slope. Access up Wheeler Basin. Just don't go wandering around on the east (watershed) side. Mar 19, 2010
Bjorn
Leadvegas, CO
Bjorn   Leadvegas, CO
I think I'll go eat wings at the Rock Rest before climbing this one. Mar 4, 2010

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