West Snowmass Trail is a 11.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Snowmass, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from May until September.
Directions from Aspen: Drive 6 miles west of Aspen on Highway 82 and turn left onto Brush Creek Road. Continue on Brush Creek Road 5.3 miles and turn right onto Divide Road. Divide Road turns into a gravel road and passes Krabloonik Restaurant & Kennels, then descends steeply to the valley bottom where the road forks. Take the left fork, the trailhead will be just beyond the wooden bridge, on the left side of the road (The Maroon-Snowmass Trail is at the end of the gravel road).NOTE:You will pass the East Snowmass Trailhead on the left. Continue past it to the end of the road. Hike 1-1/4 mile along the Maroon-Snowmass Trail to the junction with the West Snowmass Trail (About a 1/4 mile past the gate across the trail.).
Hiked as a Capitol-Snowmass loop. Was really hoping there would be a bridge as I came down Snowmass and was watching all the snowmelt surge. There is no bridge across Snowmass Creek. There are cows in the wilderness area, but they are not as bad on the Snowmass side as the Capitol side. It is the cowboy trails that will get you lost on the Snowmass side. I followed solid trail to a makeshift barn, then had to find the real trail which did not quite connect. The Capitol side is a choose-your-own adventure due to the cattle trails. The cows do not seem to go over 11500, which means you can actually see Columbines up there. The scenery is alright, but I had just come off some rather good views.