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hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful scenery the entire walk and quite spectacular at the top. Considering the low mileage the solitude at the top was surprising.

It tricked my watch! Shorter than the app posted!

This hike was stunning. It was a pretty quick one, it took us two hours to get to the top. The trail itself was easy and well maintained, the hard rating is due to the near constant elevation gain.

Beautiful hike the entire way. It took us 3.5 hours round trip. Well worth the effort. Just a friendly reminder to bring moleskin for blisters!

on Ute Trail

7 days ago

Tourist trap. Comparable to Boulder’s Sanitas but with a looser and more narrow trail, heavier crowds, less shade, essentially nothing worth hiking to/seeing unless you just want a killer calf workout. Easily the worst hike I’ve done in Colorado.

on Cathedral Lake Trail

hiking
8 days ago

The hardest part is the last stretch before you top out to reach the lake, so be prepared for that. The switchbacks are very steep and in the sun. There were a LOT of gnats around the lake but the views were beautiful.

We started at 8am and the trail was pretty unpopulated. We ran into a LOT of people making their way up as we came down, including people blasting music from their phones (please do not blast music on trails).

hiking
10 days ago

Hiked it today with family, 4 hrs round trip including 30 mins for lunch, vertical comes at you fast in first hour, but manageable if you stay aerobic. This was my fourth or fifth time hiking American Lake, great for our first day, family in from East Coast, I came from the Okanagan in Canada. Certainly not one of the prettiest alpine lakes I have hiked to, in my opinion if the American Lake hike workout is your goal, do Cathedral instead

10 days ago

Great hike. I found it tough but glad I did it.

11 days ago

A great hike, incredible views and very strenuous. I thought I was doing well till a dog with 3 legs passed me up.....made it to the top & took gondola down.... best option.

Challenging, but totally worth it. It was a steady uphill with some switchbacks to start, followed by some serious rock navigation. The toughest part was the switchbacks up the mountainside around mile 2. Poles would be handy. the lake was gorgeous and peaceful.

The first part of the hike was shaded but then after a while it got pretty hot. Also at the end we had some trouble finding the trail. Over all we thought the hike was fun for our family.

Wonderful hike but it was tough for us two 50-something flatlanders with only one day acclimating. Loved lake.

Great hike. Loved views and refreshing swim in lake. Only few people on the trail so we felt like we had it all to ourselves.

Hard but really rewarding with beautiful vast views and the lake at as a nice reward at the end. Difficult and moderate parts with beautiful waterfalls and wildflowers. Looking forward to doing it again. A fun hike with friends.

17 days ago

It’s a challenging hike,but worth it. Great views from the top.

I didn’t read all the reviews so sorry if redundant. I’ve hiked nearly every trail near aspen over the last 30 years. I come back to this one. Great aspen to alpine forest variation. Descent workout going up. My sense is that the hike is more than 6mi round trip. The trail is remarkably clear and smooth for trails into the mountains. Great meadows near the top. When u get to the lake take the trail a bit further to the left side and there’s a great rocky outcropping to sit on to see the mountains that rise above the lake. Lake is clear and clean. Can see trout swimming clearly. Swim in the lake if you like cold- burrrrr. Saw someone cut their foot so be careful!

My GPS had this bike at 8.1 miles which is considerably more than the 5.8 miles noted. In any event, it was a nice hike that offered some steep climbs right from the parking lot. The overall hike up/down took about 3:40 minutes that included lunch at the lake. Nice viewing along the way and had ample trees to protect from the hot sun

hiking
23 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

My first trail to hike in Aspen.. It was absolutely beautiful.. but very hard.. my husband, son and I really enjoyed the view.. the wild flowers were gorgeous.. will definitely do this trail again..

backpacking
25 days ago

Very hard. Beginner here, but worth it and very very hard.

hiking
26 days ago

We hiked in late July on a Saturday and the trail head parking area was full. We parked on the road with a large number of hikers. The trail rating is correct and the trail is well maintained. There were lots of wildflowers and a number of scenic views. The area near the lake and the lake itself were great.

26 days ago

Difficult but worth it - spectacular views

backpacking
28 days ago

Great views!!

Wildflowers are out and beautiful!

1 month ago

Love this hard hike all uphill..... so close to town.

Nice workout and incline through beautiful aspen grove. I prefer it in the fall when aspen are gold. Beautiful alpine lake with turquoise water. Take a dip in the summertime! One of my fav trails in the area.

This was a beautiful hike through a few different types of terrain. The first half is pretty climby, but once the path changes into a forest vibe, it mellows out to a far more moderate grade. My GPS clocks this at 6.4 miles round-trip. Bug spray was mandatory.

Great hike, quite uphill. Stunning lake at end.

hiking
1 month ago

A bit more difficult than expected but worth it. Steady incline and lots of switchbacks at the start in an Aspen Grove then into more pine trees and a few meadows with lots of wild flowers. The lake was gorgeous but very buggy.

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