Hunter Valley Trail

MODERATE 91 reviews

Hunter Valley Trail is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1269 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

Directions from Aspen: From north Mill Street turn left onto Red Mountain Road and follow to Hunter Creek Road (1.3 miles from Main Street). Go right for .3 miles, then left up a hill into the Hunter Creek Trail parking lot.

hiking
2 days ago

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2 days ago

trail running
2 days ago

This was a fun trail! I didn't complete it due to not carrying water and wanted to keep my run short. Definitely rocky in some areas. But can't wait to come back and do the entire trail probably hiking. This was my first trial run and the altitude kicked my butt!

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4 days ago

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13 days ago

Up Hunter Creek was a delight for an urban community. There were boardwalks where wetlands needed protection and several bridges crossing the creek. Heavy use speaks well of the community's commitment to to outdoor activities. Coming down Smugglers Road was not very exciting. The bottom of the route was not well marked back to the trailhead.

16 days ago

Easily accessible from downtown Aspen. Head up hunter Valley first, then down Smuggler for about a ~4 mile alt. Route that finished right down Aspen with great views of Aspen mountain at the end for your reward

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

Great and beautiful hike. Easily accessible from Aspen town. Went up smuggler in the hot sun with two kids (10 and 12) which was difficult but the rest was very enjoyable.

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23 days ago

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hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail - and good connections to a network of trails.

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1 month ago

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hiking
1 month ago

This is a really nice hike. It can't be beat for convenience as it starts right in town and immediately ascends up along a forested creek. The initial ascent is steep but the climb is much more gradual once the trail reaches the valley floor. It then winds through meadows interspersed with aspen and pine groves. The views both upvalley and downvalley are expansive and mountainous. I did it as an out and back, going all the way to the end of the 1992 trail.