American Lake Trail

HARD 65 reviews
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American Lake Trail is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1988 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

Directions from Aspen: Drive 1/2 mile west of Aspen on Highway 82. At the roundabout, turn onto Castle Creek Road. Drive 10 miles to the Elk Mountain Lodge. There is parking on the right where the trailhead begins.

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2 months ago

Very steady incline ALL the way up--- It's beautiful, but it is a difficult hike.

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2 months ago

La montée dans le bois est sublime à l’automne.

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2 months ago

Awesome and easy to follow trail. Great for running too. Beautiful lake with campsites available.

2 months ago

This hike kicked my butt more than hiking up Huron Peak. Really beautiful through the aspens right now, but be ready for the insanely steady incline the entire way.

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3 months ago

Steady climb with some ups and downs further in. Go early avoid the crowds. Lake in very pretty but smaller.

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3 months ago

Very fun hike. The first 45 minutes will burn off the cheeseburger you ate yesterday. Strenuous and then moderate grade .Lots of aspens and very lush forest. Not the typical dense forest. The lake is beautiful. RT about 3 hours .

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4 months ago

all up hill amazing scenery bring bug spray

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4 months ago

Absolutely beautiful but definitely uphill most of the way! Should have packed my peanut butter sandwich. Don't forget bug spray!