Up South Arapaho

South Arapahoe Peak is an iconic mountain in these parts. It's arguably the most easy to access major peak near Nederland, and offers a little bit of everything. The trail up is technically benign but stellar on views, while the final push offers a fun scramble to the 13,397 foot tall summit. It's one of my favorite "standard" outdoor activities in the area and it was our first summit of the summer.

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Elaine heading up the final part of the trail to the summit pyramid.

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Our family on the top of the mountain.

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This compass on top shows where the big peaks in the region are.

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Elaine likes mountains.

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Heading back down. The Arapaho Pass trail cuts up the saddle in the middle. This is an extemely popular hike. We really do live in a mecca for hiking and backpacking.

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Wildflower season is starting a little early this year. These are my first "Forget-Me-Nots" of the year. They're tiny flowers – no bigger than the size of half a pinky fingernail – that hug the tundra. They're vibrancy and ability to live up here makes them my favorite flower.

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