Linkins Lake Trail

MODERATE 8 reviews
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Linkins Lake Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and fishing and is accessible from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.7 miles 495 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly








wild flowers


Directions from Aspen: Drive 18-1/2 miles east of Aspen on Highway 82 to the last switchback before Independence Pass. The trailhead is on the left (north) side of the highway.

1 month ago

Great short hike that will get your heart pumping! Nothing hard or technical but climbs quickly. The views at the too are great and seemed like some decent fishing.

2 months ago

We got to the lake in short order and weren't ready to hike back down. So we looked around and to the left of the lake we saw a trail going up the hill. We followed it and found an abandoned mine and cabin. We went a bit further past snowfields and found some of the greatest views of the area. Take sticks as its super steep in areas. It's untouched and more lakes can be found!

2 months ago

this is a great hike with a wonderful treasure at the end.

2 months ago

A great quick climb and decent. Beautiful streams and a mountain lake at the top makes it a perfect trip.

3 months ago

Stunning views all around, and although this is a steep hike it's short, so not hard at all, plus abundant wildflowers with beautiful colors.

3 months ago

Great hike! Short, steep, sweet. Wildflowers, waterfalls, magnificent views in all directions.

2 years ago

Trail head starts just below the summit of Independence Pass, parking lot is pretty much just a shoulder on the side of the road as it goes over the Roaring Fork. The trail itself is pretty short, but it is steep. Nothing treacherous or technical, maybe a couple rocky spots, but there were some spots where I was huffing. Once you get up the lake, however, you realize that all that hard work was worth it. The view at the top is spectacular and the lake is serene and peaceful. Hiked this towards the end of September and it was pretty muddy. A little chilly too, we caught some snow flurries on the way down.

5 years ago

This is a relatively short but difficult hike, especially if you're not used to the altitude (like me). However, the view is breathtaking and well worth the climb. Saw numerous wildflowers, waterfalls, streams, etc.