Difficult Creek Trail

MODERATE 19 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.

DISTANCE
9.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2014 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

forest

river

views

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.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

If you use the All Trails geo locater, you'll see the trail does go well beyond the first set of fallen trees. In fact, they increase in number all the way to the top, which is rather buggy and uninspiring. I got pretty scratched up scrambling over a huge series; I'd recommend turning back instead at the spot where it looks like the trail veers off to a waterfall--maybe four miles in. Also, I'd recommend poles too: The uphill is a two-hour slog, and the downhill is very steep and treacherous with loose rock.

hiking
2 months 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.

2 months 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!

hiking
3 months 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.

3 months ago

Great views. Good hike

4 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.

4 months ago

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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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.

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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Friday, September 18, 2015

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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.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

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Sunday, May 06, 2012