Smuggler Mountain Trail

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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.

Distance: 14.0 miles Elevation Gain: 3,179 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

bird watching

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
11 days ago

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.

hiking
15 days ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

10 months ago

Very long a lot of ups and downs but the lakes are pretty!!!

hiking
11 months ago

heavily trafficked and a lot of road.

hiking
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

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

hiking
Thursday, October 19, 2017

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

hiking
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Great View of town! Hike was moderate and not overcrowded

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

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.

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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

hiking
Thursday, May 11, 2017

So much fun! Great views!

hiking
Saturday, September 03, 2016

Straight up hill w lots of switchbacks. Tremendous views!

mountain biking
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Nice open trail to Mtn bike up.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The views are so worth the uphill trek!

hiking
Friday, April 08, 2016

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

hiking
Monday, July 20, 2015

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.

hiking
Monday, July 07, 2014

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.

hiking
Saturday, June 21, 2014

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

hiking
Saturday, August 31, 2013

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.

hiking
Sunday, August 11, 2013

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

hiking
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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

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