Sunnyside Trail is a 11.2 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.
dogs on leash
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.
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!!
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.
Difficult but great views.