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Lani White and Hunter Valley Loop Trail

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Hunter Fryingpan Wilderness

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.

Length 5.2 mi Elevation gain 1,161 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Partially paved

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

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Contact
Getting There

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

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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Reviews (307)
Photos (382)
Recordings (304)
Completed (629)
Alex Grimes
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no parking. resident parking only. beginning to think every trail in Aspen is only made for Aspen residents. no one else can enjoy.

Andrew Kovalenko
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Hiking

Walking through some parking lots between the Lani White Trail and the Hunter Loop threw us off a bit, but overall a great hike, especially for how easy it is to get to (you don’t even have to leave Aspen). Beautiful views of Aspen.

Melissa Ceriale
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Hiking

With Jill, Sheena and Beth Only recorded last 1/3rd Bummer!

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Melissa Ceriale
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Hiking

Hike w Sheena & Marcel. Got rained on!

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HüseyinBüşra Oskay
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Molly Flynn
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Hiking

This was a great hike! Loved hearing the river, then valley views, then a great view of Aspen. Note: it was a little tricky to find the trail head for the Lani White trail! It’s barely marked. Great hike!

Phil Dumontet
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Tonia Bleecher
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Hiking

Gorgeous views. Also enjoyed the segments by the Roaring Fork River.

William Clark
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Hiking

Parking by permit only for residents. No parking for hikers. Unable to do hike.

Ben Herring
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HikingRocky

Fantastic loop. You can go counter clockwise for an "easier" ascent and see the city of Aspen below or g9 clockwise and follow the river up. Either way this is a great hike right in Aspen.

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Marshall Krupka
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Bee Lover
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Hiking

A great mixture of roads and trails. Amazing views all along

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Lincoln Manuel
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Awesome. Icy in areas going up the creek. Some post-hole spots in the meadow and on the cut-off near the lookout. Lower Smuggler road was muddy.

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Richard Valdez
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Hiking

Great views of Aspen, disregard my short drive in my suv

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Raquel Wise
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This quickly became one of my favorite hikes in Colorado. We chose to go right on the trail and it was a little confusing walking through the rental properties but once you got to the road/back on the trial it was fine. We added in the Lollipop trail and because of the fresh snow got lost/off trail a couple time so make sure to record your hike and follow the map! The fall foliage was incredible and we’re thankful we caught the end of it!

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Anna Marie
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Hiking

Amazing view at the observation deck and throughout the entire hike. Good variation of shady/woodsy areas and sunny open areas. Waterfalls, fall foliage, everything you could hope for! Would recommend to anyone visiting Aspen!

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wei wang
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Hiking

Great Hiking morning with fantastic viewing from the creek below to the aspen trees above. Easy access and relaxing pace. But one local topless guy with 3 unleashed oversized dogs was very rude. Other dogs on this trail were frightened by both of unleashed them. And they never said any sorry, just claiming “since they are local, not afraid of animal control officer,” . This is the only shame of this trail. Try to avoid them if you really love to see Aspen from the above. So beautiful place for colorful Aspen!

Samuel Spinzi
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We started the trail at around 9 am at smuggler mountain parking. After a short paved residential road, we took Lani and then followed Hunting Creek trail, taking many pictures of the wonderful color changing trees. Went up to the connection with Iowa shaft, and then followed Lollipop trail ‘till the picnic area on the Smuggler Mountain, from where you have beautiful views of Aspen. After a little break and some more pics, we took the Smuggler mountain road to the parking. The hike was very beautiful and with not too much sun, except when going down. We would suggest this trail, not too difficult and with some great scenarios.

diane goodspeed
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We used Hunter Creek with Iowa Shaft for up and back from downtown Aspen. Liked being able to reach trailhead from town but trail is rather boring with minimal views, houses along trail, and no sense of being away from town. It has a few boardwalks and bridges in first mile then a climb before it levels out a bit and starts to intersect other ridge trails offering lots of options. Not too many people. Well marked

Heather Hennen
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Hiking

Hiked on a Tuesday afternoon in September; we saw few people on the trail. We started at Lani white and hiked up joining the Hunter Creek cutoff to the Smuggler Mountain overlook and down the dirt road back to town. I recommend doing it this way “counter-clockwise” because you are in the trees and beautiful trail along the river on the way up, and on the way down, you have the beautiful view of Aspen and the mountains beyond. Trail is rocky but not too difficult, even for us 40-year old, sea level Oklahomans.

David Jared
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Hiking

Please heed all the other reviews and do this trail clock wise. It is so beautiful on one side of the hike, an ugly dirt road exposed to the heat on the other.

David Fuller
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Hiking

Turn left at the first split and you get a shaded incline. Turn right and you get full sun. Have fun!

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Rebekah Lorenz
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Hiking

Beautiful views, I prefer to go up Hunter Creek and down Smuggler to Lani White.

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