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Hi there, first post here!
I'm planning a trip with two friends to colorado in late August, and we are pretty sure we want to check out Arapaho NF.   Does anyone have any ideas for a two night trip there?  We are pretty wide open to ideas, even if its sonewhere else within a reasonable drive of Denver. We would kinda would like to do a "hike in, set up camp, spend the night, hike around the next day, camp again, then hike out the next morning" type of thing.  Like I said, any ideas or tips welcome, Thanks!
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It covers a very large area including six wilderness areas.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arapaho_National_Forest

If you check details of Indian Peaks Wilderness you will see that permits are required.  The others do not require permits.  

I have no idea what sort of miles or elevation gain you are comfortable with, but a nice three day hike would be to King Lake (in Indian Peaks Wilderness) one night, then up and over the ridge down to Jasper Lake for a night.   If you do that and begin on the weekend plan to be at the trailhead by about 7:00 am to get a parking space.


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To miss the crowded parking areas in Indian Peaks, drive up a two-lane blacktop to the Eldora Ski Area, park, and hike 4.5 miles up to the Arrestua Ski Hut at 11,000 ft.

This wonderful old cabin is maintained by the Colorado Mountain Club, has nine bunks, a superhot wood stove with firewood, a front porch that looks out over the vast Denver metro area at night, and it only costs $1 a night. Make reservations above.

You might have to share, but that's fun too. Use the cabin as your base of operations for both nights, because it's only a couple of miles from the CD and there are hikes to railroad tunnels, bridges, lakes, all kinds of big wildlife like elk and bear, and the remains of the town of Corona, a railroad town that existed under snowsheds for a third of the year.

Bring wine.
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THANKS! Both ideas sound awesome.  To give a little background, we are three avid backpackers in good shape.  I just got back from Colorado (awesome), I got to hike everyday, but no overnighting :( . We would probably prefer a moderate to difficult hike.  That said,  this is our first overnight in CO, we are willing to work for the extra goodies like avoiding crowds, or having a lake to ourselves for the night etc.  I starting putting a gear list together, is there anything you think a New Englander woukd forget to bring?
Thanks again!
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Howdy!

Being the closest National Forest to Denver.  Arapaho gets lots of visitors.

The Comanche Peaks area north of RMNP is nice.
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 I starting putting a gear list together, is there anything you think a New Englander woukd forget to bring?
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If you overnight high enough you will encounter frost over night.  So, remember to bring some warm layer(s).

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