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Rim Trail South is a 7.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Snowmass Village, 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 November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.4 mi Elevation gain 1,512 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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This trail will seasonally close for snow.

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Reviews (138)
Photos (102)
Recordings (122)
Completed (376)
Chad Harvey
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Hiking

Trail rises up over Snowmass so incredible unobstructed views of Snowmass in every direction. Different terrain than most trails -at edge of cliff. Lots of wildflowers. Hot on sunny day.

Lindsey Vesceri
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Hiking

Trail run - easy to access from Snowmass

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Krysta Jabczenski
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Hiking

Heaven on earth

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Jenna Donovan
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HikingRocky

Great, dry trail w/ all-around views. Took us 2:25 with only a stop at the halfway mark.

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Jeannine S
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Hiking

We walked to the trailhead from the Westin. It was peak season for fall colors and the trees were gorgeous. One trail that intersected with South Rim is closed due to a rockslide. We turned back when we got to the backhoe. Our real goal was to hike to the yin yank and the Westin concierge gave us incorrect directions. A local suggested we turn back instead of continuing. All in all, a very nicely maintained trail. We loved it.

Steve Tippett
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HikingClosedMuddySnow

Muddy in spots due to the 6” snowfall Thursday AM. The trail is closed for Restoration at about 2.5 miles from the Divide Rd trail head.

Robin Swartz
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Hiking

With Devon. Parked on Divide Road, finished by walking down Sinclair Road and taking bus back to Village Mall

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Ernest Alba
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Hiking

I would do part of this trail again. Once you get past your first views of the Aspen valley, the rest is not much different and certainly not worth the exposure you will get to the sun if you go during summer months, even in the morning. This is more of a bike trail and the powdery fine dust that coats the trail makes it difficult on the turns of the downhill parts not to lose your balance. Once you get to the far side of the rim and have made your way most of the way down, the trail becomes narrow with considerable exposure over an ugly gravelly side of the hill.

Jennifer Bacino
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Hiking

Excellent morning hike for all levels. Hiked during peak of wildflower season. Simply beautiful!

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Yvonne Wibben
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Hiking

Great trail. Easy to follow.

Eric Butler
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Hiking

There have to be better trails in the area.

John Hieb
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Hiking

Good ridge trail with lots of ups and downs. Some good views of mountains and a distant lake. There is still a little mud, but the trail was more dry on the way back. There really isn’t a “destination” on this trail, as it dead ends at the start of the north rim trail. We did see a fox, which was a treat.

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Kelsi Ouellette
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HikingMuddy

Almost perfect conditions, a little mud at the top towards spiral peak and in the trees further down the path, but completely manageable for hiking and biking. Only passed about four people during the hike! Beautiful views and one of my faves, I am excited for the north rim to open up!

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Jason Trow
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Nice - see bare spots and some deep snow. Nice vistas.

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Courtney Watson
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Hiking

Incredible views and ascent. Wonderful snowshoe and super easy to get to from the lodge.

Cortlandt Halsey
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Hiking

This is an okay trail. Not a lot of coverage and A LOT of mountain bikers with blind turns and a narrow path.

Scott Gallivan
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Hiking

Beautiful views once you get to the top

Bart Schlosser
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Start out early to minimize traffic that develops by mid morning. Heart rate increase at the beginning and also on the return - if you walk the complete trail. Powering through on the return made for an awesome hike!

Rachel Saunders
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loved this hike with my 9 year old son! Just challenging enough to feel like a hike but not so much that he complained. lol. Amazing views!! I will be doing this one again.. probably biking next go around!

Zach Hammel
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Parking is limited. Great views of the ski resort.

Katie Murch
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Hiking

Parking is limited so arrive as early as you can. It's a moderate hike with a gorgeous scenic view at the top. The well-known yin yang is at the top of this trail. Great picnic spot!

Eli Katz
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Hiking

Parking can be tricky. Very easy trail to hike, but a good challenge if mountain biking. Popular trail - lots of traffic. Great views of the Snowmass Wilderness peaks from the summit.

Rob O'Neil
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Mountain biking

Great workout rewarded by great views. I mountain biked starting with the South rim trail, quite strenuous even in 1st gear. Once to the rim it levels out and becomes a fun downward descent. Very narrow trail throughout. Single file only.

TB Smith
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Hiking

Rim Trail consists of two segments, South Rim Trail and North Rim Trail. You can access the trail from either end and walk to the other end. The shuttle/bus service in Snowmass Village can ease the task of getting back to your car at the other end. Either end starts with a climb to the "rim" (about 800-900ft depending upon which end) and then you proceed along the rim (ups and downs) to the other end. Views are spectacular, with Snowmass Mtn Ski resort filling the foreground, and Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain ski slopes on successive ridges beyond Snowmass. There are also 360 degree sweeping views of nearby Mt. Daly (13,297), Sopris (12,965ft), Capitol Peak (14,137ft), and Highland Peak (12,382). The skier famous Highland Bowl (double diamond expert descent from the peak) is on the far side of Highland Peak, which is a hike accessible peak at the top of the Aspen Highlands. Sinclair Rd. intersects the Rim trail in the middle with the South Rim trail to the south (left side of the road going up) and the North Rim trail to the right. Technically parking is not permitted on the road at this point, though few encounter problems. There is no shuttle service to this point so a two vehicle strategy is needed if your going to leave a vehicle there. If you start at this midpoint, you avoid the steep climbs at either end of the Rim trail, and of course only hike about 1/2 the distance. Running along the ridge line, your quite exposed to the sun, so sun screen is a must on a sunny day, and the apparent temperature can seem a great deal warmer than the low to mid 70's which are the typical high temperatures in the summer. You definitely do not want to be on this ridge line in a thunder storm. There is no place to take shelter till it passes, and the only descents are at the ends of the trail and the Sinclair Rd mid point. Worst case you could be running along a ridge line for 3 miles to safety, trying to avoid sky to earth lightening strikes. The trail is popular with mountain bikers, but they seem well behaved and I've not had a problem with them passing. Its quite a nice mountain bike touring trail.

Daniel E Gonzales
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First to Review

The trail was great. Beautiful views of Snowmass Village. Ran into many mountain bikers. Very few hikers. Take lots of water and snacks. Trail seemed much longer then the 6.2 mile. Start early to enjoy the sun and views.

Blake M.
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Ryan Skarpetowski
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Paul Paul Schlatter
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