Petroleum and Anderson Lakes Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews

Petroleum and Anderson Lakes Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.8 miles
1122 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


Directions from Aspen: Drive ten miles east of Aspen on Highway 82 to Lincoln Creek Road. Turn right and drive 6 1/2 miles on Lincoln Creek Road to Portal Campground. From Portal Campground the road becomes very rough and a high clearance four-wheel drive is required. Either drive or hike the remaining 3 1/3 miles to a fork in the road. Take the right fork, cross the creek and park on the other side. Camping near the lakes is not recommended because of limited campsites and the fragile alpine vegetation. There is good fishing at both lakes.

11 months ago

Fabulous. The drive up is long and bumpy. Figure an hour and a half from Aspen to the trail head. The hike to Anderson Lake is relatively easy with only moderate elevation gain. It winds up through pine forest and tops out just above tree line. The continuation on to Petroleum Lake is more strenuous with more elevation gain in a shorter distance. It winds up through outrageous wild flower fields into the tundra with the lake hidden behind the last steep pitch. There a several small wet creek crossings and the trail is still patchy wet with running water in places. Spectacular scenery far from the madding crowds.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Easy hike to gorgeous lakes. There is a smaller unnamed lake on the way from Anderson to Petroleum. Alpine flowers carpet the tundra. Long 1 1/2 hour trip from downtown Aspen, but worth every minute.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

One of the most amazing hikes ever! 4x4 trip up is great followed by an amazing hike up to the most beautiful lake and vistas. A must!

9 months ago