Cathedral Lake Trail

HARD 45 reviews
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Cathedral Lake Trail is a 5.6 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, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.6 miles 2181 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Directions from Aspen: Drive 1/2 mile west of Aspen on Highway 82. At the roundabout, turn onto Castle Creek Road. Drive 12.2 miles up Castle Creek and turn right (shortly after passing Ashcroft) onto a gravel road, driving a 1/2 mile to the trailhead.

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4 months ago

What a hike! Probably saw about a dozen people over the 6 hours we were there. Gets steep at times, but the views are well worth it, and the lake at the end is pristine and beautiful. Had great weather, especially for October.

gorgeous! my legs got a great work out.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike! The views are well worth the effort. Spectacular! Watch out for the switchbacks as you near the top of the hike. If there is a possibility of any snowpack up there I'd recommend trekking poles as that section can real slick and it's the last place you want to fall. I'd definitely do this one again.

6 months ago

Great hike with the colors can be steep in parts but a lot of fun

6 months ago

Such a great hike! It's all a climb up. There is a few pretty steep parts. The lake is beautiful!

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6 months ago

Great trail! Almost got to Electric Pass but storms were blowing in. Definitely make sure you leave in time to hit that before 12pm. Despite the cloudy day, it was beautiful. Slightly trafficked but okay. Late August made for a nice cool climb, but gets pretty chilly towards top. Great climb.

7 months ago

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7 months ago

If u don't have this one on your list put it there. Very nice hike with the reward of a fantastic alpine lake to lunch at and view. Plenty of cut throat trout if you are an angler.

hiking
7 months ago

Absolutely stunning the entire route. This is a tough hike and I'm so glad I took my sticks especially coming back down. Very buggy at the lake...little black flies. Aspens, evergreens, abound. We were late mid August for the wild flowers but still spectacular. Took longer than we thought, but worth the trip.

hiking
7 months ago

Best moderate(ish) hike I've done in the Aspen area! Beautiful scenery the entire time - all picture worthy. Lots of bugs at the lake - bug spray would have been helpful. When you're nearing the lake (a bit after the switchbacks), make sure you cross over the stream to the left. There's no sign, and the lake isn't quite visible yet. Otherwise you start working your way up Electric Pass.

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7 months ago

Is there any form of public transport from Aspen to the start of this trail if I don't have a car?

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Really challenging, uphill climb. But beautiful views make it worth it in the end.

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7 months ago