Difficult Creek Trail

MODERATE 17 reviews
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Difficult Creek Trail is a 9.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.9 miles
2014 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash






Directions from Aspen: Drive 5 miles southeast of the Aspen Ranger District Office on Hwy. 82 and turn right into Difficult Campground. Travel 0.6 mile and park in the picnic area on the right. The trailhead is in the left corner of the lot.

27 minutes ago

Kind of an odd trail. Started out early, very shady the whole way . Do not think its 9.9 miles. About 3 miles in started having to climb over dead fall every couple hundred yards. Climbed over 20+ dead trees laying across the trail. Finally turned around less than 2 hours in. Ran into a local hiker on the way down she stated that when I got to the first felled tree the trail ends. So I guess I went too far, there was a trail. It was just very difficult to hike due to felled trees.

1 day ago

Great trail! First 2.5 miles a lot of up, up, up but very doable. Then it levels out mostly and you hike along the creek again which is beautiful! Some parts of trail are rocky so good hiking shoes and a pole help, especially on the way down.Highly recommend!

1 month ago

Shaded the whole way with a stunning river in the beginning of the hike. Vertical switchbacks lead to fantastic views higher up the mountain.

1 month ago

Great views. Good hike

2 months ago

Raging river at the beginning, but you can get to the first bridge if bush wack and get foot a little wet. After that, amazing. Zero snow the whole way. And of course, a great hike.

2 months ago

Saturday, July 23, 2016

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Wonderful hike. A great first hike in Aspen, to help acclimate. Beautiful views, forests and rafging water. Not too challenging but challenging enough. 6 ½ miles. Did not want it to end.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

Thursday, August 06, 2015

This should be one of your first hikes when you come to Aspen. The elevation is not too severe and the canapy coverage and the stream/river running through the majority of the trail is cooling and calming. This is a good trail to acclimate.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday, May 06, 2012