How can a 5 mile hike be so hard? When you climb straight up the double black diamonds of Aspen. After a 1.5 section of switchbacks, the trail straightens out and that's when it gets hard. Near the top people were literally stopping every 20 feet for a breather.
The reward? A party scene at the summit, and a gondola ride to the base.
Would not rate this hike as moderate. Great hike, beautiful views, and close to town. Take the free gondola down to save save your knees. Took 2hours with breaks and some strawberry picking along the way :). First part of the trail up to the big lookout rock is fairly busy, but after that we only came across a couple people on the trail. It was a week day so the weekend might be different.