American Lake Trail

HARD 33 reviews
#33 of 176 trails in

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.

DISTANCE
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2024 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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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1 day ago

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5 days ago

Love this hike. A little hard in the beginning, but moderate the rest of the way. Beautiful lake at the top that was partially frozen over. There is still snow around, so wear waterproof boots.

6 days ago

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11 days ago

Beautiful hike! Still TONS of snow once you get out of the switchbacks and into the spruce forest. Best to have waterproof boots.

30 days ago

Very nice hike to a lake. Lot's of forest hiking. Good views. If you have already done Cathedral Lake trail and want to hike in the same area this is a great choice.

8 months ago

First part is hard but the hike is so worth it. Truly breathtaking!

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9 months ago

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9 months ago

Loved this trail! The lake is beautiful!! One of the best we have done

9 months ago

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9 months ago

Great hike- well worth the grind. The lake is the prize!

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10 months ago

I agree with the post before, we tracked 7.1 miles even though the app says it was less. Beautiful hike, mostly covered. If you haven't hiked in a while, like us, this hike seems strenuous as it is all uphill to the lake. The first 2/3 of the hike is through dense Aspens, which are stunning. Then up through pines. There are two open meadows before arriving to the lake. Well worth the hike.

10 months ago

Second hike we have done and it's a great hike.. Get past the first thousand feet of traverses and its a bit easier and a lot more interesting.. The lake was beautiful.. In reality the trails app measured 7.1 miles total round trip...

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10 months ago

Great hike. Has a little of everything wild flowers , great views and a lake.

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11 months ago

Hiked this on a Saturday afternoon and was surprised at how few people were on the trail as it was our favorite of 5 hikes in the area over a long weekend! The trail was not as rock-strewn as many others, nor as steep/strenuous. The differing terrain (thick aspen stands, pine tree forests, alpine meadows, rock fields, and the lake) made the hike incredibly beautiful. The lake itself was beautiful -- while smaller than others, it was more beautiful with the trees and rocks all around. Best advice for the hike: take your time to enjoy it and soak up the beauty at the top!

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11 months ago

Not the best in the area.