Sunnyside Trail

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Sunnyside Trail is a 10.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 10.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2,683 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

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Directions from Aspen: There are (2) options for access to Sunnyside Trail. The first is from Cemetery Lane and the second from Hunter Creek. These directions are from Cemetery Lane, please follow them in reverse for access from Hunter Creek. Traveling west from Aspen 1/4 mile on Highway 82, turn right at the first light out of town onto Cemetery Lane. Continue 1-1/2 miles to the trailhead on the right.

hiking
1 month ago

I enjoyed the trail with my college age sons! We didn’t complete the entire trail it was raining so we did 5 miles round trip! Still loved it

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great trail and it doesn’t have to be an out and back you can come down sunny side plunge and connect to hunter creek trail it adds about five miles but it’s well worth it. I can’t wait to come down it on a bike!

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1 month ago

Sunnyside to hunter creek.

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2 months ago

Anticlimactic finish in the middle of the forest was disappointing, but if you turn around after reaching the top of the open area, you’ll have done a solid hike. The hiking terrain is cool and worth the trip. If you’re searching for views I wouldn’t put this hike on your list.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is STEEP but well-maintained the whole way. We were told by a local we met in the trail that it’s actually a loop for the 10+ miles listed. We went up about 3 miles and were rewarded with a lovely aspen grove/forest that should be covered in columbine next week or so. They were about to flower. The front side could get really hot if you start too late because it has open southern exposure the whole way. Get a view of lots of 14ers all the way up. Awesome hike.

recorded Sunnyside Trail

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snow
3 months ago

Beautiful trail, mostly exposed initially (hike started at the flats parking lot). Steep incline until you too the mountain. Hit Aspen grove, walk past pond, posthole through some snow, traverse mountain.

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snow
3 months ago

June 7th, 2019 Beautiful with a variety of scenery along the way. We started off on Cemetery Lane and made all the way around Red Mountain, despite the "trail" becoming a single patch of snow in the last northbound direction after the south facing side of Red Mountain. Luckily, we had some form of GPS otherwise we would have had to turn around, no way one could follow a trail... Came down the Sunnyside plunge to Hunter Creek. Very nice loop. To be done preferably when the snow has all melted though.

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snow
3 months ago

Great hike with incredible views of Aspen and up-valley. Was very dry on the ascent until you hit the trees, and then the trail was pretty wet with snow. Further down we completely lost the trail due to snow cover and turned around before we could reach the path going down to Hunter Creek. FYI we did see quite a few fresh bear prints in the snow, but did not see the animal.

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snow
4 months ago

A well trafficked trail with beautiful views of all four mountains and Independence pass!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

I enjoyed this hike terrain and beauty. However, I was disappointed in the end of the trail seriously only a small open area marked with a trail marker 1987.., this map only shows and in and back but it's not at all true! You can thru hike and see great sites from Smugglers trail. But due to the poor trail head markers and city trail guide it shows to end at a jeep trail. I would have loved to continue but not knowing the area and being a tourist I didn't want to explore solo. I suggest getting good trail maps like the one at the trail head of sunny side and information so u can make it thru to hunters and pass smugglers trail that's great views for sunset!!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Hot!!! This trail has no shade. If you have a dog that is heat sensitive, avoid this trail. It was a great trail, but will leave the dog at home next time. The Mountain sun was intense.

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Saturday, June 04, 2016

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Difficult but great views.

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