Best trails in White River National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in White River National Forest, Colorado? AllTrails has 233 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 113 moderate trails in White River National Forest ranging from 0.6 to 36.1 miles and from 5,892 to 13,651 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
With 12 ski areas, 10 mountain peaks over 14,000 feet, 2,500 miles of trails, eight Wilderness areas, 1,900 miles of forest roads, and 2.3 million acres of nature, it is easy to see why White River National Forest is the most visited forest in the United States. Visitors to these Colorado public lands can see Dillon, Ruedi, Homestake, and Green Mountain reservoirs, check out the ski resorts, hit up the hiking trails up one of the 14ers (Castle Peak, Grays Peak, Torreys Peak, Capitol Peak, Maroon Peak, Snowmass Mountain, Pyramid Pea, Mount of the Holy Cross) many of which are in the famous Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, check out the White River, and look out for elk, mountain goats, bobcat, and lots of other wildlife in the Rocky Mountains. Hanging Lake is another enormously popular attraction in the forest. This forest makes a great trip from Central Colorado cities like Vail, Aspen, or Glenwood Springs.
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Map of trails in White River National Forest
Park information
Acreage
2285970 acres
Top trails (233)
#1 - Quandary Peak Trail
White River National Forest
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 4 h 57 m
Note this is a difficult, but rewarding hike. Please prepare before embarking on this hike to the peak which is at 14,265 ft elevation. Though challenging, this is a popular and doable, heavily traffiShow more
#2 - Crater Lake Trail
White River National Forest
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h
Crater Lake Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is bShow more
#3 - McCullough Gulch Trail
White River National Forest
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 34 m
As of May 16 2020, users have reported that you have to park 1.7 miles from the trailhead and there is still a lot of snow. Please consult the park's website before visiting. There are several lakes Show more
#4 - Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Loop
White River National Forest
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Length: 27.1 mi • Est. Multi-day
This classic 29.1 mile backpacking circuit around the spectacular Maroon Bells climbs four 12,000-ft. passes (West Maroon - 12,500 ft.; Frigid Air - 12,415 ft.; Trail Rider - 12,420 ft.; Buckskin - 12Show more
#5 - Shrine Ridge Trail
White River National Forest
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 16 m
Please note: road to trail may close. Please research prior to your visit.Show more
#6 - Mayflower Gulch Grand Traverse
White River National Forest
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 22 m
Note: As of July 2019, trail is accessible to hikers but not vehicles. Please check with the park page for more information.Show more
#7 - Maroon Bells Scenic Loop Trail
White River National Forest
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 52 m
This incredible route is one of the most photographed locations in the entire state. No matter what time of year you plan your visit to this area you will be stunned by its beauty. Clean, beautiful, aShow more
#8 - North Ten Mile Creek Trail
White River National Forest
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 13 m
Good for easy hiking and snowshoeing. Hiking in canyons carved thousands of years ago. Snow capped mountains. Views of Wichita mountain and Chief mountain.Show more
#9 - Conundrum Creek Trail to Conundrum Hot Springs
White River National Forest
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Length: 18 mi • Est. 9 h 8 m
WARNING: Permits are required year-round for overnight camping in the vicinity of Conundrum Hot Springs. Permits are ONLY available at www.recreation.gov. The permit area includes all of Conundrum CrShow more
#10 - Cathedral Lake Trail
White River National Forest
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 3 h 32 m
Cathedral Lake Trail is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and Show more
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