North Arapaho Peak  
Condition Updates  
 
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. 
 
Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2019-07-14, By: ianthebean
Info: almost summer conditions. LOTS of runoff, waterproof shoes were nice to have. a few snowfields around treeline but the southwest slope & the traverse are completely dry 
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Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2019-07-15, By: jchapell
Info: Just adding some photos to prior reports. We made it up past the lower trail with just barely wet toes after some careful rock hopping and trekking pole balancing acts, but there is a ton of water. Upper mountain and the S-N Traverse is essentially summer conditions. On the descent our feet got soaked since we didn't care, bring extra socks. 
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Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2019-07-06, By: SkiColorado93
Info: The road to the trailhead is completely dry, as is the trail up to treeline... after treeline there are some snow patches that are firm and icy in the morning and soft and wet in the afternoon. The snow is avoidable in some spots, but not really in others. Above treeline, the majority of the trail is a stream, so plan footwear accordingly. We didn't need/use traction. There was no snow on the route once you gain the S Arapaho/Old Baldy ridge that overlooks Arapaho Glacier. The route from S to N Arapaho is 95% clear of snow... there are a couple patches, at times blocking the standard route, but they're avoidable using thoughtful alternate route finding. The summits are dry. 
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Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2019-07-06, By: LivingOnTheEdge
Info: Went up South then North Arapaho today and finished on Old Baldy. Previous report noted that you could do the whole traverse without touching snow and I can confirm that. We brought axes and spikes and never took them out. If you stay on route after the top of S. Arapaho, you could almost call it summer conditions. Below South Arapaho, there are a number of snowfields and the trail is basically a stream by midday. You're in for a long day without waterproof boots. We did not do Skywalker, but I talked to a group that did. Although it's melted out a bit at the top, they had solid snow conditions for the majority of the couloir. Seems like it's still in, though at the rate things are melting - who knows how long that will last. 
 
Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2019-07-01, By: Thevirtualsherpa
Info: South Arapaho Peak has lingering snow fields on the standard route but dry to the summit for the most part. Minimal traction needed (if anything). Traverse to North has snow and large cornices on the east side of the ridge, but 99% of the snow is avoidable if you stay on the west side. Route finding is key, but doable with no additional gear. Class 4 move is bone dry. FWIW - Skywalker is also in great shape but melting out quickly. Awesome day out in IPW! 
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Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2018-09-23, By: salmanalsaif
Info: Perfect conditions. Trail is clear and dry, and great weather throughout the day. Wind picked up near the summit and across the ridge, but not enough to cause any problems if you're careful (~20 mph winds when it picked up). 2 miles to pass/glacier fork, 2 hours to glacier point (a little less than 4 miles) 2.5 hours to summit (4.4 miles), ridge took an hour to cross, about 0.8 miles (with screwing around), crux was a joke (way overhyped, took less than 10 seconds to go up), another hour to get back to South Arapahoe Peak, (2.5 hrs round-trip to traverse the ridge). Another 1.5 hrs back to the car. Overall was pretty easy. The easiest safest line was always climber's left going to North (opposite on the return). Half of class 2 line with loose dirt/rock near the summit can be bypassed in favor of a solid stable class 3 line (climber's left, may need to backtrack a minute to find it on the way up). 
 
Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2017-08-05, By: Trotter
Info: Traverse in good shape, no snow on route. Fun scramble but leave 2 hours for the round trip from south to north and back. 
 
Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2017-06-21, By: Brian C
Info: Traverse is in decent shape. There is snow but it's mostly avoidable with the exception of a couple interesting spots. 
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Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2016-09-18, By: jfm3
Info: The trail up to South Arapaho Peak and the traverse to North Arapaho are dry. There are small amounts of snow lingering on the cliffs of both peaks, but hardly any areas of snow on the ridge itself. The crux rock is not hard for anyone about 5'11" or taller, and I thought the top of the block immediately above the crux demanded more attention. There is also an overhung ~10' slab about 2/3 along the traverse that can be bypassed through some ledges on the west side of the ridge. 
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Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2016-08-29, By: Alpenglo
Info: Awesome day up there! Definitely enjoyed this traverse and thanks to Krishcane for the route info, definitely was helpful and saved me some time negotiating some of the tricky ridge points. I thought the "crux" was not that bad and barely class 4 (I'm 5'8"). The downclimb just after that was slightly more difficult and exposed IMO. No snow up there but you could see the peaks down south (Evans, G & T, Quandary) had a good bit of white on them. Definitely a Colorado classic! 

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