Cathedral Lake Trail

HARD 86 reviews

Cathedral Lake Trail is a 5.5 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 is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2171 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

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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The first .7 miles or so is easy and covered by Aspen trees. After that, it starts to get rough. While it is a steady climb, if you are acclimated here in CO...you will be fine. My 8 year old dog and I (24) did it in four hours. There is a pretty big waterfall just off the trail after you come to a little clearing (stay right here). After a while, you will come to a spot where you can go left to the river or right...go right! It is a bit of a rock scramble from there. Then you follow the trail until you hit the super steep 1/4 of a mile climb up the switchbacks. From there it is another ten minutes or so, when you get to the stream...stay left for an easy hop to the other side. If you are hiking with your pup...bring water! The stream isn't until the very end but there is a spot where you get closer to the water and can take the trail down on the left to let them get some water for them. So worth it!! Tons of wildflowers along the way and the trail is easy to follow. No snow left and the lake is completely thawed.

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14 days ago

Amazing beauty the whole time! The end is absolutely spectacular. The lake is so cool. Would not recommend this trail to beginners or those who are not in good physical shape: the trail is constantly uphill and extremely steep towards the end.

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27 days ago

Extremely difficult hike, but so worth it for the view.

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1 month ago

A good hike for the area. Completed it this morning. There was still a little bit of snow but nothing that you can't easily avoid. There was also one small section of mud, but again easy to maneuver. Eventually, right before the lake, you come to a "T" in the trail and a stream. There are stepping rocks in the stream but most of them were under water, not a problem for high top waterproof hiking shoes..but, if you take the trail to the left a few feet there's a big boulder and it was very easy to step up on the boulder and over the stream.

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