Linkins Lake Trail

MODERATE 21 reviews
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Linkins Lake Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and fishing and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
544 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

walking

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Aspen: Drive 18-1/2 miles east of Aspen on Highway 82 to the last switchback before Independence Pass. The trailhead is on the left (north) side of the highway.

2 days ago

Had a great time with my family here today. Our 7 and 9 year old boys were in a rotten mood on the way up, but all was cured when we got to the lake at the top. We had the area all to ourselves for about an hour which we spent wading in the water to find stones for skipping. Highly recommend!

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3 days ago

6 days ago

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12 days ago

My fiancé and I took our dog and it was a great hike. A little challenging at times but we really enjoyed it... and the view at the top is definitely worth it!! We went early and glad we did as there were several groups coming up as we were descending. Easy to find... with enough parking on both sides of the road. It is right before the summit of Independence Pass.

hiking
1 month ago

Great short hike

Short, but steep. Totally worth it!

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Short, steep, beautiful and fun

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1 month ago

2 months ago

As of June 5th, this trail was snow-covered. Waterproof boots will be necessary to hike this trail until the snow melts, probably in the next couple weeks.

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2 months ago

Steep, short hike! Views are wonderful. Continue hiking to the left of Linkin's Lake up to an old mine and miner's cabin. If your parents are with you and give you permission (seriously kids- don't do this alone) climb into the mine and about 200 feet in there is an ice wall which is really cool and beautiful! Take a flash light if you can, our iphone flash lights weren't very bright inside the mine.

10 months ago

Great short hike that will get your heart pumping! Nothing hard or technical but climbs quickly. The views at the too are great and seemed like some decent fishing.

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11 months ago

We got to the lake in short order and weren't ready to hike back down. So we looked around and to the left of the lake we saw a trail going up the hill. We followed it and found an abandoned mine and cabin. We went a bit further past snowfields and found some of the greatest views of the area. Take sticks as its super steep in areas. It's untouched and more lakes can be found!

Friday, August 05, 2016

this is a great hike with a wonderful treasure at the end.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

A great quick climb and decent. Beautiful streams and a mountain lake at the top makes it a perfect trip.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Stunning views all around, and although this is a steep hike it's short, so not hard at all, plus abundant wildflowers with beautiful colors.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Great hike! Short, steep, sweet. Wildflowers, waterfalls, magnificent views in all directions.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

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Thursday, June 05, 2014

Trail head starts just below the summit of Independence Pass, parking lot is pretty much just a shoulder on the side of the road as it goes over the Roaring Fork. The trail itself is pretty short, but it is steep. Nothing treacherous or technical, maybe a couple rocky spots, but there were some spots where I was huffing. Once you get up the lake, however, you realize that all that hard work was worth it. The view at the top is spectacular and the lake is serene and peaceful. Hiked this towards the end of September and it was pretty muddy. A little chilly too, we caught some snow flurries on the way down.