Explore the most popular hiking trails in Hunter Fryingpan Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this loop after a good 4-6 inch snow accumulation over night. First tracks around 9 am were fine trudging through with beautiful snow covered trees and babbling streams. Took smuggler coming down with great snowy views of the valley below. Got a bit muddier as it got warmer. Great trail and loop! Wubba lubba dub dub!

hiking
4 months ago

Due to lack of snow, you have to watch out for ice patches in some sections, hiking poles were helpful. Absolutely gorgeous hike/scenery with mixture if moderate and easy hiking.

hiking
5 months ago

Definitely one of my favorite day hikes. At the peak, we just had bagels and cheese, with the glorious view of the lake. Returned with some friends visiting from California; they loved it.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Snowy, muddy, wet and sloppy but still a gorgeous view at the top. Stunning panoramic views halfway up the trail.

hiking
7 months ago

My wife and I explored this hike the last weekend on August of this year. There are two entrances off of 82, we ended up beginning on the entrance faster to the west, but I would suggest starting at the trailhead further east along 82. We actually didn't complete the loop as indicated on the map bust just did an out ab back. Beginning from the western trail head, the trail is a gentle slope up, providing beautiful views of a lush valley. The grade steepens a bit as you progress, but nothing too bad. Near the top, the trail splits, taking the path to the right will keep you on the lost man loop. We bent around for a bit and admired the range to the east before turning back. Little did we know that continuing on the loop will take you to a high point at a pass that is supposed to be quite nice. The trail head on farther east of the loop will get you to the pass more quickly if you wanted to make this a shorter out and back. The whole trip for us (as an out an back from the western trailhead) took about 3 hours with breaks.

hiking
8 months ago

Chemin facile

hiking
8 months ago

We loved the pretty views on this trail! Very rocky on the first half of the trail, so proper footwear is a must!

trail running
8 months ago

This was a fun trail! I didn't complete it due to not carrying water and wanted to keep my run short. Definitely rocky in some areas. But can't wait to come back and do the entire trail probably hiking. This was my first trial run and the altitude kicked my butt!

8 months ago

Arrived at trail head around 7:45. Hiked up to Linkins Lake first. Got some beautiful pictures of the lake. The trail to the pass is very open, a steady climb, well marked, and challenging because of the altitude. We took pictures of Independence Lake and Lost Man Lake. Only a dozen people on the trail during our hike.

Up Hunter Creek was a delight for an urban community. There were boardwalks where wetlands needed protection and several bridges crossing the creek. Heavy use speaks well of the community's commitment to to outdoor activities. Coming down Smugglers Road was not very exciting. The bottom of the route was not well marked back to the trailhead.

Easily accessible from downtown Aspen. Head up hunter Valley first, then down Smuggler for about a ~4 mile alt. Route that finished right down Aspen with great views of Aspen mountain at the end for your reward

hiking
8 months ago

Great and beautiful hike. Easily accessible from Aspen town. Went up smuggler in the hot sun with two kids (10 and 12) which was difficult but the rest was very enjoyable.

A beautiful, awe-inspiring hike from the get go. Start early as this trail is popular and gets busy mid-morning. I only went to the pass, but want to do the car shuttle next time!

fishing
9 months ago

It was a great hike with great views. I would definitely do it again.

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail - and good connections to a network of trails.

hiking
9 months ago

This is a really nice hike. It can't be beat for convenience as it starts right in town and immediately ascends up along a forested creek. The initial ascent is steep but the climb is much more gradual once the trail reaches the valley floor. It then winds through meadows interspersed with aspen and pine groves. The views both upvalley and downvalley are expansive and mountainous. I did it as an out and back, going all the way to the end of the 1992 trail.

A Colorado favorite of mine. If you're used to life at sea level, you may wanna take a day or two at high altitude to acclimate before hiking it. Gorgeous.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful scenery up the Hunt trail. Many areas that are unclear where to trail goes once you get past the Hunt split. Stay to the right once you get to the Hunt trail cut off stay on this upto the Iowa mine shaft site. Then contniue to the smugglers road. I felt it was rather unclear but there are several map locations. Only issue is trails are called slightly different than what all maps say.

I would definitely do it again it was a nice moderate afternoon hike with beautiful views. Definitely not a hard hike but lots of steps up to the cut off. Easy easy from there on.

A lovely hike right on the edge of Aspen. From this, you can access a whole network of trails.

hiking
10 months ago

hiked to lost man Lake today(July 4,2017) starting at the higher trailhead- via Independence Lake. there was some snow but nothing to stop the hike. the snow is melting quickly and I highly recommend this hike. one of the great advantages of starting this hike from the upper Trailhead is that you start above tree line so the views are spectacular right from the start.

hiking
10 months ago

Lovely loop through the valley. Nice river views and a nice outlook of the roaring valley. I'd call it moderate to easy.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike through many different terrains. Beautiful sights and some challenging climbs.

hiking
10 months ago

We were going to do the Lost Man Loop from Upper to Lower but had heard that there was still a large soft snow field on the Lower Lost Man side of Lost Man Pass so we opted for the out and back from Lower Lost Man to The South Fork Pass Trail junction. The trail meanders gradually uphill along the creek and through pine forests until the approach to junction at which point it gets significantly steeper. The trail was clear but muddy in places. Gorgeous day and gorgeous views. 7/9/17.

hiking
10 months ago

My preference for doing this loop is up Hunter Creek and down Smuggler. Hunter Creek Trail is very bouldered and has quite a few big steps. I find my footing is much better ascending rather than descending this trail. It stays close to the creek for the first mile or so while passing through an Aspen forest. It then connects to an old mining road where you might encounter mountain bikers. Once you achieve the Observation Deck, it's a nice downhill on the mining road with expansive views of Aspen and the Upper Roaring Fork Valley. This part of the hike will have more people but the road is wide enough to help make it not feel too crowded.

hiking
10 months ago

Our trails were actually the Midway Trail to the Hunter Valley Trail to Aspen but All Trails isn't giving me that option. We left a car at the trailhead and then drove back later to retrieve it. Trailhead to the pass was steep but the trail was in good condition and the going was smooth. A couple of small snowfields as we neared the pass. As advertised, the Midway Trail past the pass is little traveled, hence it basically doesn't exist in places. Thank goodness for the custom map that I created and downloaded in All Trails Pro (signed up just for this reason). Using All Trails, we were able to keep on track for this epic day hike. It was very marshy and buggy (bugs are unusual for our area but what can you do?) on the Midway to Hunter Creek segment. On a crowded 4th of July, we were able to accomplish our goal of escaping the crowds in town. We hiked for 8.5 hours before we saw anyone else. Epic day!

It might be better to go up to the Observatory Deck and then return the same way instead of following the loop. If you follow the loop, It is just a dirt road all the way down.

backpacking
10 months ago

Lost Man Trail undeniably lived up to its name for us, as we certainly lost the trail on more than one occasion. Having completed the full "loop" but a few days ago, starting at the Independence Lake trailhead and hiking down to Lost Man Campground, I can definitely say it was a hike worthy of our effort. Coming from our direction, the ascent to the pass was gradual and pleasant, full of amazing valley views and a fun brush with a bit of snowfield to cross. Upon reaching the pass, we were rewarded with a fantastic view of both sides and also met with the sight of the largest snowfield yet. Rock scrambling, post holing, and deep snow for miles gave way to muddy trails and soggy ground once in the valley. Sadly, wildlife sightings were not a part of this hike, but it was a fantastically rewarding trip all the same.

hiking
11 months ago

Pretty hike along the creek, some nice views of Aspen once you hit the service road. Difficulty is quite subjective, but most of the hike is dirt roads, not technical.

hiking
Friday, May 26, 2017

Amazing hike that is so close to town. We decided to hike to the observation deck and head back down the same way as it provided a bit more shade while hiking with the dog. Amazing views... highly recommend.

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