Hunter Valley Trail

MODERATE 77 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.

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4 days ago

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

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12 days 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.

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26 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful scenery up the Hunt trail. Many areas that are unclear where to trail goes once you get past the Hunt split. Stay to the right once you get to the Hunt trail cut off stay on this upto the Iowa mine shaft site. Then contniue to the smugglers road. I felt it was rather unclear but there are several map locations. Only issue is trails are called slightly different than what all maps say.

I would definitely do it again it was a nice moderate afternoon hike with beautiful views. Definitely not a hard hike but lots of steps up to the cut off. Easy easy from there on.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

A lovely hike right on the edge of Aspen. From this, you can access a whole network of trails.

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1 month ago

Lovely loop through the valley. Nice river views and a nice outlook of the roaring valley. I'd call it moderate to easy.

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1 month ago

My preference for doing this loop is up Hunter Creek and down Smuggler. Hunter Creek Trail is very bouldered and has quite a few big steps. I find my footing is much better ascending rather than descending this trail. It stays close to the creek for the first mile or so while passing through an Aspen forest. It then connects to an old mining road where you might encounter mountain bikers. Once you achieve the Observation Deck, it's a nice downhill on the mining road with expansive views of Aspen and the Upper Roaring Fork Valley. This part of the hike will have more people but the road is wide enough to help make it not feel too crowded.