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Smuggler Mountain Trail is a 14 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 14.0 mi Elevation gain 3,179 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Cross country skiing

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Wild flowers

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Getting There

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

Directions from Aspen: Travelling east on Main Street in Aspen, turn left (north) onto Mill Street. Travel 1/4 mile and turn right after the bridge onto Gibson. Follow Gibson 1/8 mile to a Y intersection and bear left onto South Avenue. Shortly, turn right onto Park Circle and follow for 1/8 mile to the Smuggler Mountain Road on the left. There is parking on the right.

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Juliana Claussen
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HikingGreat!

This trail was a bit harder than I expected. It is pretty much up hill all the way up to the viewing observatory. AMAZING views of Aspen and surrounding mountains that makes it worth it - also love it for the workout it gives you. We chose to continue a bit further on the BTS trail (only less than a mile further up) and it provided a less steep and more secluded walk, filled with beautiful trees and shades. Next time will try to continue onto the lake but that makes it a total hike of 10+ miles rather than the 4-5 miles we clocked in. Also very convenient location right off downtown Aspen. Nice ice cream stop at the bottom - just to make the end all very sweet and refreshing!

Nicole Riess
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Monica Hyslop
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Hiking

Beginning is wide-open fire road and after the look-out/observatory it get much steeper and very rocky. We were in a time crunch so we didn’t quite make it all the way to the lake (about a mile away) so we turned around and got down to the bottom which was all in all about 10.5 miles, 3.5 total moving hrs for us. You will encounter a good amount of people at the beginning to the observatory but after that there wasn’t anyone except some dirt bikes (moto). Also had mountain bikes further below.

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Blaine S
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Jeffrey Westheimer
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Hiking

Fire road and dirt road hike. Good exercise on the way up and great views!!

Brad Bergeron
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Hiking

Did the hike on Wed 6/6. I made it all the way to the lakes but my boots were soaked. Thank God for a second pair of socks.

Double J
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Hiking

Trail was well marked and had amazing views. I attempted the Warren Lakes trail, which is a continuation of Smugglers Mnt trail, but it was still covered in patches of snow and I ran out of daylight.

Amy Rister
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Hiking

This trail is well kept, very popular in the summer. It has gorgeous views of the city. Kind of steep & was challenging. We were sore from the first hike up it but we loved it so much, we did it 2 days in a row.

Kevin Heitman
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Nick Villemarette
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Very long a lot of ups and downs but the lakes are pretty!!!

Kevin Latinis
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Hiking

heavily trafficked and a lot of road.

Babs Washington
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Hiking

Love this trail as a warm up hike when getting to Aspen and getting acclimated. It is a great cardio workout with a moderate incline and an easy run down into town.

Gia Gennari
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Great trail for the inexperienced but still excited for a workout. Beautiful view with easy cut backs. Good for groups

Sharon Hutton
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Hiking

Loved this place!! A man jogging e a three legged dog passed me so no one has an excuse to not get out there!

Trini Morrison
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Hiking

Great View of town! Hike was moderate and not overcrowded

patrick sugg
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More like walking up a steep dirt road for most of the way.

Levent Sezer
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Hiked only about 3.1 miles up to the huge billboard (not used, partially covered with trees) on Smuggler Road. Still a good, moderate hike.

Marty Davis
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Hiking

Not the best trail. Very busy and a lot of dogs off leash.

Rosemary Starr
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Hiking

So much fun! Great views!

Angie Dickson
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Hiking

Straight up hill w lots of switchbacks. Tremendous views!

Morgan Nalty
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Mountain biking

Nice open trail to Mtn bike up.

Darian Louise
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The views are so worth the uphill trek!

Melissa Dunfee
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Hiking

Steep with views of Aspen, CO. Would be a fantastic sunset hike.

Brandi H.
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Hiking

Challenging (moderate) walk up but worth the views! It's such a great cardio and leg strengthening work out. We love starting our days by walking up and running down! If you pace yourself up you can do it much easier.

Lara M.
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Hiking

Moderate but challenging walk up Smuggler Road. Nice views of Aspen and surrounding valley. At the lookout point there are several other trails to enjoy. If you go to the left trail and then loop around, you descend on Hunter Creek and enjoy the river and bridges back into Aspen.

Jennifer Nelson
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Hiking

Nice hike with gorgeous views of Aspen. There are several trails that branch off at the top.

Erin Young
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Hiking

Great hike, especially one to get use to the air if visiting. I would try to run as much of it as possible and then walk when necessary. It tools about 25 minutes to run/walk it.

Michael Branciforte
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Hiking

Great hike close to town. Great views of Aspen below.

Daryl Branson
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Hiking

Excellent jeep trail, followed by a number of hiking trails. So far I've only done the Smuggler's Loop.

AllTrails User
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