Lani White and Hunter Valley Loop Trail

MODERATE 170 reviews

Lani White and Hunter Valley Loop Trail is a 5.2 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.

5.2 miles
1,161 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



partially paved




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.

1 month ago

Meh. You’re basically walking through people backyards for the first couple miles along a pretty stream. Don’t get me wrong, the scenery is beautiful and all that but I wouldn’t necessarily do this trail again. We did turn around before reaching the top, so didn’t get to see the view, which may have changed how I felt about the hike.

3 months ago

Round trip about 2.5 hours. Beautiful view at the top and the waterfall was amazing. As of today, no snow or slippery areas. Parking was easy too!

3 months ago

One of our favorite hikes! So beautiful and lush in the way up, with excellent views of Aspen and the mountains behind on the way down. This is one we repeat every time we're in town.

4 months ago

No one in reviews has mentioned car parking so forgive me if it's just me. Parked in car park at sign Hunter Valley Trail. (The first 200m shared with the Grande town walk). It wasn't until I got back to car I saw signs saying No Car Parking for Hunter Valley Trail. For the sake of this review, I drove around, thought I had found park on other side of road but this had same dire warning about car being hauled away. Just be careful because I couldn't find parking.
As for trail, didn't do Alltrails loop as shown, just kept going up the valley keeping left all the time. Fantastic views of valley for last hour where trail eventually trail finishes in dead end. Did out and back to avoid finish on road shown on the loop trail. Highly recommend this hike despite tough start.

5 months ago

Hunter Creek Trail is not a loop! The actual Hunter Creek Trail is out and back. In order to make a loop you turn off to multiple other trails and even include hiking on paved road. Silly to call this hike a loop. The actual Hunter Creek Trail is worth hiking..beautiful rushing stream..rocky, inclined hike.

5 months ago

The first part of the hike was shaded but then after a while it got pretty hot. Also at the end we had some trouble finding the trail. Over all we thought the hike was fun for our family.

6 months ago

Excellent hike. We did it clockwise in the afternoon, which was great because the first part is then in the shade, and you can see the sunset from the road on the way down. Recommended!

7 months ago

Nice trail; nice views; long climbs. Last part was kinda weak, walked a long ways down a road.

9 months ago

Did this loop after a good 4-6 inch snow accumulation over night. First tracks around 9 am were fine trudging through with beautiful snow covered trees and babbling streams. Took smuggler coming down with great snowy views of the valley below. Got a bit muddier as it got warmer. Great trail and loop! Wubba lubba dub dub!

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Due to lack of snow, you have to watch out for ice patches in some sections, hiking poles were helpful. Absolutely gorgeous hike/scenery with mixture if moderate and easy hiking.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

We loved the pretty views on this trail! Very rocky on the first half of the trail, so proper footwear is a must!

trail running
Sunday, September 17, 2017

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!

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

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.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

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

Saturday, September 02, 2017

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.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

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

Saturday, August 05, 2017

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.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

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

Sunday, July 09, 2017

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

Saturday, July 08, 2017

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.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Our trails were actually the Midway Trail to the Hunter Valley Trail to Aspen but All Trails isn't giving me that option. We left a car at the trailhead and then drove back later to retrieve it. Trailhead to the pass was steep but the trail was in good condition and the going was smooth. A couple of small snowfields as we neared the pass. As advertised, the Midway Trail past the pass is little traveled, hence it basically doesn't exist in places. Thank goodness for the custom map that I created and downloaded in All Trails Pro (signed up just for this reason). Using All Trails, we were able to keep on track for this epic day hike. It was very marshy and buggy (bugs are unusual for our area but what can you do?) on the Midway to Hunter Creek segment. On a crowded 4th of July, we were able to accomplish our goal of escaping the crowds in town. We hiked for 8.5 hours before we saw anyone else. Epic day!

Saturday, July 01, 2017

It might be better to go up to the Observatory Deck and then return the same way instead of following the loop. If you follow the loop, It is just a dirt road all the way down.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Pretty hike along the creek, some nice views of Aspen once you hit the service road. Difficulty is quite subjective, but most of the hike is dirt roads, not technical.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Amazing hike that is so close to town. We decided to hike to the observation deck and head back down the same way as it provided a bit more shade while hiking with the dog. Amazing views... highly recommend.

Friday, May 05, 2017

Perfect trail. Little bit of everything.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Great trail.. I recommend doing the first half to the top and return back the same way down.. We went all the way; down the smugglers road, but was more just a service road and nothing to special

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Great trail - loved the river access.

trail running
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Gorgeous - boulders made it hard to keep pace in some sections - but spectacular

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