Trip date: July 08, 2018
Headed up to the Caribou Park area near Nederland to for a novel alternative to the Fourth of July Trailhead (my car wouldn't handle the road anyway). I was thinking about doing South Arapaho again but the weather looked iffy so at worst I could explore the smaller mountains to the East of South Arapaho.
The plan was to head west towards Arapaho Pass and then head back up on the ridge the way I came back towards the car. On the way I realized I'd forgotten my hat near South Arapaho so I headed back for it. As I neared the spot I saw a marmot sprinting off the trail with my hat in its mouth (I promise). There was only a moderate amount a saliva...
As I headed east the weather took a turn for the worse. I wound up bailing off the ridge back down towards the Fourth of July Trail. I was planning on heading back up onto the ridge once the weather improved but once I got down there I realized that nearly everything was private property on the side of the road. I didn't really have a choice but to follow the road down into Eldora and then follow a forest service road back to the car. This wound up adding about 10 miles and ~1500 feet of vertical gain to the outing. I'll admit that I wasn't having a lot of fun for the last 2-3 miles of this one.