Rim Trail South is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Snowmass Village, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November.
Parking can be tricky. Very easy trail to hike, but a good challenge if mountain biking. Popular trail - lots of traffic. Great views of the Snowmass Wilderness peaks from the summit.
Great workout rewarded by great views. I mountain biked starting with the South rim trail, quite strenuous even in 1st gear. Once to the rim it levels out and becomes a fun downward descent. Very narrow trail throughout. Single file only.
Rim Trail consists of two segments, South Rim Trail and North Rim Trail. You can access the trail from either end and walk to the other end. The shuttle/bus service in Snowmass Village can ease the task of getting back to your car at the other end. Either end starts with a climb to the "rim" (about 800-900ft depending upon which end) and then you proceed along the rim (ups and downs) to the other end. Views are spectacular, with Snowmass Mtn Ski resort filling the foreground, and Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain ski slopes on successive ridges beyond Snowmass. There are also 360 degree sweeping views of nearby Mt. Daly (13,297), Sopris (12,965ft), Capitol Peak (14,137ft), and Highland Peak (12,382). The skier famous Highland Bowl (double diamond expert descent from the peak) is on the far side of Highland Peak, which is a hike accessible peak at the top of the Aspen Highlands. Sinclair Rd. intersects the Rim trail in the middle with the South Rim trail to the south (left side of the road going up) and the North Rim trail to the right. Technically parking is not permitted on the road at this point, though few encounter problems. There is no shuttle service to this point so a two vehicle strategy is needed if your going to leave a vehicle there. If you start at this midpoint, you avoid the steep climbs at either end of the Rim trail, and of course only hike about 1/2 the distance. Running along the ridge line, your quite exposed to the sun, so sun screen is a must on a sunny day, and the apparent temperature can seem a great deal warmer than the low to mid 70's which are the typical high temperatures in the summer. You definitely do not want to be on this ridge line in a thunder storm. There is no place to take shelter till it passes, and the only descents are at the ends of the trail and the Sinclair Rd mid point. Worst case you could be running along a ridge line for 3 miles to safety, trying to avoid sky to earth lightening strikes. The trail is popular with mountain bikers, but they seem well behaved and I've not had a problem with them passing. Its quite a nice mountain bike touring trail.
The trail was great. Beautiful views of Snowmass Village. Ran into many mountain bikers. Very few hikers. Take lots of water and snacks. Trail seemed much longer then the 6.2 mile. Start early to enjoy the sun and views.