American Lake Trail

HARD 51 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.

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.

hiking
9 hours 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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9 days ago

all up hill amazing scenery bring bug spray

hiking
16 days ago

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

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1 month ago

Beautiful views. Lots of wildflowers. Quiet during week. Loved it. Took about 3 hours

1 month ago

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1 month ago

Going up is pretty intense at first, but after the switch backs it's still hard. Lots of fun though, and a very rewarding view. The top elevation I measured was only 1085 at the lake.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months 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.