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Best trails in Aspen

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Looking for a great trail near Aspen, Colorado? AllTrails has 73 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Sylvan Lake State Park or Paonia State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Gothic Natural Area or Two Rivers Park. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 31 hard trails in Aspen ranging from 2.9 to 40.3 miles and from 7,234 to 14,258 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Aspen
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#1 - Crater Lake Trail
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h
#2 - Four Pass Loop
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness
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Length: 27.1 mi • Est. Multi-day
Shuttle service is $15.95 per person and parking all day is $30. This classic 29.1 mile backpacking circuit around the spectacular Maroon Bells climbs four 12,000-ft. passes (West Maroon - 12,500 ft.; Frigid Air - 12,415 ft.; Trail Rider - 12,420 ft.; Buckskin - 12,500 ft.) and travels through some of the finest scenery in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Show more
#3 - Cathedral Lake Trail
White River National Forest
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 3 h 7 m
#4 - Conundrum Creek Trail to Conundrum Hot Springs
White River National Forest
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Length: 18 mi • Est. 9 h 8 m
WARNING: Permits are required year-round for overnight camping in the vicinity of Conundrum Hot Springs. Permits are ONLY available at www.recreation.gov. The permit area includes all of Conundrum Creek Valley from Silver Dollar Pond to Triangle Pass. Overnight campers are required to reserve and camp in designated sites. Each designated campsite has an individual maximum number of people allowed to camp at the site (from 2-6 people). Conundrum Hot Springs/Conundrum Creek Trail is great for backpacking and normally takes a full day each way. It takes about 5-8 hours to hike in and 3-6 hours to hike out, on average. The trail is at high elevation, beginning at about 8,000 feet and ending at about 11,200 feet. The hike in is almost entirely uphill, at a fairly easy grade. The hike out is almost all downhill. The trail can be rocky and muddy but it is easy to follow and rated somewhere between moderate and difficult. The trail starts out at the trailhead where you will find parking for about 25 cars. However, because this trail gets so popular in late summer you may want to arrive early to ensure you get a spot. You will also need a bear canister for your food and scented products. Nearby retailers rent out these canisters. You may want to bring an extra pair of shoes because your feet are going to get wet. The hike begins with a mild grade through meadows, along Conundrum Creek, and through stands of aspen trees. There are lots of wildflowers and epic views of the snowy mountains in the distance. At about 2.5 miles you will come to your first major creek crossing, where there is a nice, wide, wooden bridge. From there the trail continues along the water and through more meadows. You will also pass a few ponds, and begin to see more pine trees. At mile 6 there is another major creek crossing with a wide wooden bridge. At 6.5 miles there is another creek crossing, this time with no bridge. You will see a sign directing you to a rope that you can hold onto while you cross the creek. The water may be deep and it is very cold, so use caution when making this crossing. From there, the last few miles of this trail are a bit steeper and may still have snow on them, especially if you are making this trip in June. At mile 8 you will see a cabin and a sign pointing you to campsites and the springs. The final hour or so of this hike involves many small creek crossings and your feet are likely to get wet. The springs are located above most of the campsites and are easy to find. There is one main hot springs pool that fits about 15 people and is about 102 degrees. Please note that you cannot have campfires in the upper campgrounds, and you will need to camp in designated spaces only (permits required). Rangers do patrol this hike and because of it's popularity, please be mindful to keep this area pristine. Please pack out all trash and follow all rules. Dogs are not permitted once you reach the permitted campsites and hot springs.Show more
#5 - American Lake Trail
White River National Forest
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 3 h 47 m
#6 - The Grottos Trail
White River National Forest
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 16 m
The roads to reach this trailhead are subject to weather related closures. Please check ahead of time. Show more
#7 - Maroon Peak Trail
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness
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Length: 10.9 mi • Est. 7 h 44 m
Offers arguably the best views in the state but is a difficult climb requiring scrambling over loose rock. Please note that you can continue this trek off trail to reach the summit. Mountaineering gear will be required if you choose to summit. Otherwise the first few miles of this trail make a great day hike.Show more
#8 - Ute Trail
White River National Forest
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 4 h 34 m
#9 - Conundrum Hot Springs and Peak Trail
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness
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Length: 22.1 mi • Est. Multi-day
Note: This trail was recently closed due to avalanche damage. However, the Conundrum Trailhead is now OPEN, but the trail is still covered with significant amounts of avalanche debris. For more information, please see https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/whiteriver/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=40481&actid=82 NOTE: This hike require creek crossings, which can be dangerous after a big storm. Please exercise caution. This very LONG overnight will bag you two 14er peaks. You will gradually ascend Conundrum Creek Valley as the trees get smaller and the miles tick by. Your campsite will be around Conundrum Hot Springs where you can take a soak and relax your feet after the long approach. In the morning you will head to the opposite side of the valley and follow the track in this guide to ascend both peaks. You will climb a very steep and loose scree slope up to the ridge where you will have access to both peaks. You then will return via the same way with the option of heading back up to the springs or simply returning to the trail down the canyon to shave a mile or so off.Show more
#10 - Lani White and Hunter Valley Loop Trail
Hunter Fryingpan Wilderness
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 53 m
Note: As of 9/16/20, a bridge is out along the Lower Hunter Creek Trail due to repairs. Those who want to hike the upper section of the Hunter Creek Trail can access it using the Bureau of Land Management parking lot located on Hunter Creek Road. Construction is planned to be completed by the end of the month. For more information, please see https://www.aspentimes.com/news/hunter-creek-trail-in-aspen-blocked-for-2-weeks-for-bridge-work/ Please note that parking by this trailhead is by permit only for residents. Show more
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