Difficult Creek Trail is a 9.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, CO that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Aspen: Drive 5 miles southeast of the Aspen Ranger District Office on Hwy. 82 and turn right into Difficult Campground. Travel 0.6 mile and park in the picnic area on the right. The trailhead is in the left corner of the lot.
Wonderful hike. A great first hike in Aspen, to help acclimate. Beautiful views, forests and rafging water. Not too challenging but challenging enough. 6 ½ miles. Did not want it to end.
This should be one of your first hikes when you come to Aspen. The elevation is not too severe and the canapy coverage and the stream/river running through the majority of the trail is cooling and calming. This is a good trail to acclimate.