Elk Camp Trail is a 6.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Snowmass Village, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Great quick hike up to Elk Camp. A bit steep for the first little bit, but turns into a gradual and easy climb up. Really nice views the whole way.
Signage at trailhead list this as a difficult (black diamond) trail and I would have to agree due to the elevation gain. There is no scree, but I did take a few stops to catch my breath. It is a constant uphill climb. The description here is wrong though. The elevation gain is somewhere aroung 1600 feet NOT 7122 feet as it says here. You can ride the chair lift down and save your shins. There are quite a few wildflowers and the trail is largely wooded. They did a really nice job routing this trail through the wooded areas so it does not feel like a trail up a ski mountain. It is also kept separate from the downhill mountain bike trail, so you are not dodging bikes like at some other ski resorts.
Great Trail from the rough mid-point to the summit - at the end of the Vista Trail and the beginning of Elk Camp Summit - restaurant, restrooms, water available at end of gondola ride. It seems like most people take the chair lift to the top and hike down. We hiked up! beautiful trail. beautiful views all the way up. beautiful reward at the top. Restrooms available. Picnic tables for our lunch we packed! there are parts of this trail that are steep but the whole trail was managable. we made it in about 2 hours!