Conundrum Creek Trail to Conundrum Hot Springs is a 20.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, CO that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October.
Conundrum Hot Springs/Conundrum Creek Trail is great for backpacking and normally takes a full day. WOW, Such an amazingly beautiful hike/backpack! Well worth the elevation and distance, and who would want to turn down a soak in the hot springs to celebrate such a hike?! This whole valley is absolutely breath taking the whole way! We hiked in on a Monday and returned on Wednesday. We did do a day hike to one of the peaks in back of the canyon towards triangle pass, which was as well, just as beautiful as the rest of the hike!
Did a combined trail of Conundrum and Castle Peak. More technical than I was expecting (narrow ledges and scrambling). There was a lot of loose dirt and rock, which made it difficult to hike without slipping. However, there was a huge snowpack we slid down to cut off some mileage, which was amazing. Definitely worth it to bag two 14ers.
This is one of the most beautiful hikes I've ever been on, especially now with the fall colors. The hike itself is fairly easy if you hike often. However the buddy I went with who rarely hikes thought it was extremely difficult. So know your skills before you go. But it is definitely worth it!
I've done this trail many times. It's a challenging hike though the hot springs often lures people who are not experienced hikers. This trail is almost constantly climbing. On more than one occasion I've witnessed people break down emotionally from shear exhaustion on this trail. Be prepared and you won't have a problem. Clothing optional in the hot spring :)
Amazing hike! Very accessible from Aspen and well worth the trip from Denver. At the end of summer there were still tons of backpackers out there, and everyone is really awesome up the mountain. Lots of campsites near the hot springs, but definitely easy to go off backcountry if you can't snag one. Tips: if you are camping out, bring your bear can (bear hangs not allowed) and bring lots of water and a filter. The hike is amazingly beautiful, but be aware that most of the elevation gain is in the second half of the hike. Close to treeline with amazing views of the whole valley. Don't miss this one!
This trail is listed as moderate. I'd list it more on the difficult level. With that said, it was simply a breath taking backing experience. The hot springs was beautiful and warm. You can not beat the view. If you are camping a bear canister is required.
Beautiful trail along the creek through fir and Aspen forest. Many beaver dams along the way. Great fall color.
Amazing hike through beautiful meadows and forest. The hike is long, but not difficult. The hot springs is a dirty pool filled with naked hippies and CU bros, but the view from them is amazing.
Beautiful as always! The only curveball was that all the fire pits at the first campsites that appear in your left (before the springs) had all been removed. It had been a couple years since I'd been there and apparently fires are not allowed in that section anymore.
Long hike, great hot spring
My friend and I hiked this and camped over night on Monday July 18th and left by noon the following Tuesday. We got a but of a late start leaving by 12 on Monday and this is part due to the new requirement to have a bear canister on you! We had to drive back into Aspen as there was a ranger redirecting everyone right at the trailhead. Luckily we just had to go into the ranger station and they can lend them out for free, otherwise there are outdoor shops you can purchase from if they happen to be out of them. So be sure to take care of that! Also a huge mistake we made was not realizing how wet this trail was! There are plenty of smaller creeks you have to cross most of which can be done balancing on logs or rocks but it would have been much easier with good sandles as I would have just stepped in the water. There is one that is wider and you do have to walk through! I am 5'4" and the water went up to mid calf. You will see a sign that says Ford and this marks the 6 mile point. Honestly if you have your trusty sandles on I'd suggest just keeping them on from this point! When you get to the sign that tells you you've reached the campsites you will be so ready to drop your gear and be done but keep pushing! I'd recommend camping at site 5 or above! it's about a 5 minute walk to the hot springs from
5! So aside from the lack of awareness on the bear canister and the wetness, the hike is so worth the views and the hot springs is a huge help!!!
Gorgeous during the fall aspen colors. Avoid the weekends and holiday crowd by going up mid week and early or late season.
Long trail with a backpack that climbs steadily and gradually following the valley to tree line where there is good camping and the best hot springs I've ever been to in Colorado. The hot springs is not smelly and has a sandy bottom above tree line that has awesome views of the basin.
beautiful hike...go mid week, less crowded.
Great views. Tons of snow to hike through on 11 June.
Such a great location!
Beautiful! Give yourself plenty of time if your doing it round trip from Aspen.