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Mt. Bethel, Arapaho National Forest, Colorado

Climbed from the South/West Valley.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 2.3 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  Mt. Bethel the very prominent mountain that pops up right before you reach the tunnel heading west on I-70. It was a great hike with ... more »

Tips:  You should be fine with the basic hiking essentials. Food/Water/etc. You may want to bring pants and a jacket, it could get windy at... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking

Exit I-70 for US-6 and turn to go under the interstate. From here it will look like your about to get on the interstate the wrong way, get on the dirt road just to the left of the interstate exit. Continue down the dirt road and park somewhere by the fence. Your hike will start here. As you get further up you will pass a creek and a fenced... More

2. The Trail

At this point the 4x4 road turns into the trail. You will continue your hike on the trail for about 15 mins.

3. Turning off the trail.

So we heard this trail eventually ends just up the way from this point. We decided to turn off and start our way up. The map shows a large rocky section. This is where we headed up.

4. Large dead tree!

Another POI if you wanted to follow our exact path.

5. Don't forget to look around!

Crossing over the creeks.

6. Trails

You will find little trails along the way from animals, If they head to the top you might as well use them.

7. Head to the Top!

Around here you will start your way up the incline to the top. Picture shows around how steep it is.

8. Almost there!

9. Summit 12,705 ft.

Mt. Bethel True Summit

10. The I-70 Summit

The I-70 summit is a little lower then the actual true summit. This is the peak you see heading west on I-70, which is not the actually summit.