Explore the most popular trails near Snowmass Village with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.


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Snowmass Village, Colorado Map

If you take the loop, the South side of trail passes through the ski area where there is work being done. As a result you have to make your own way around the machinery. The trail is picked up on a gravel access way which is not particularly scenic. If you take the nature trail from the lot and work your way east and north, the trail is very nice for half the loop.

Great short hike in Snowmass. Lots of variety of foliage and great views from the top of the sleigh ride trail back to village. You can see a natural occurrence between the pine and aspen trees here that’s super cool. It’s known that they compete for sunlight as they reach for the sun and grow together.

14 days ago

Great little trail to help acclimate to the altitude. Beautiful wildflowers, beaver dams, aspen groves, and Mountain Views.

18 days ago

The Apple maps and google direction to the trail head is screwy at the beginning. Drive past the residential homes and they’re ample parking. Scenery decent, good family hike, some of the route first mile (and last mile) on a service road which SkiCo uses to shuttle workers up to elk camp.

We continued along rabbit run with the dog and a 9 and 2 11 y/o. Probably classify as moderate to easy. Definitely easier than starting at base village.

Completed this as a day hike on 6/23. No snow crossing at all. Took approximately 7 hours round trip. If you’re thinking of doing this hike, go! Weather was amazing and the views are unbeatable.

This trail was GARBAGE! Primarily because it WAS NOT a trail. I would give this 0 stars if I could. Not kid safe, not dog safe, not people safe. No sidewalk on a windy uphill road. Terrible experience.

1 month ago

This is an okay trail. Not a lot of coverage and A LOT of mountain bikers with blind turns and a narrow path.

Easy and fun trail for kids. We went in early June and it was very green and lots of wild flowers. Also saw two beaver dams along the way!

1 month ago

nice and relatively flat trail. not difficult. beautiful views of daily and capital

7 months ago

Lots of animal tracks. No people.

8 months ago

Beautiful views once you get to the top

on Ditch Trail

9 months ago

Maroon Bells was put for the day and we stumbled upon this lil gem. Great hike beautiful views.

9 months ago

Very pleasantly surprised by this trail!! Staying at Westin Snowmass and just wanted a quick hike with my wife and 4-year old daughter before dinner. This trail was absolutely beautiful in late September with yellow Aspens and even an abandoned log cabin!!

Start out early to minimize traffic that develops by mid morning. Heart rate increase at the beginning and also on the return - if you walk the complete trail. Powering through on the return made for an awesome hike!

11 months ago

Really great easy trail. Well worth the time and effort.

anyone know the snow pack to snowmass lake?

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

loved this hike with my 9 year old son! Just challenging enough to feel like a hike but not so much that he complained. lol. Amazing views!! I will be doing this one again.. probably biking next go around!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Parking is limited. Great views of the ski resort.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Parking is limited so arrive as early as you can. It's a moderate hike with a gorgeous scenic view at the top. The well-known yin yang is at the top of this trail. Great picnic spot!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

You will cross some of the ski slopes. Gorgeous views. Very easy until you get to the bench with the overview then it starts to build an incline.

Went backpacking there as a teenager and it remains my favorite place in the world.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Nice easy hike lots of bikers and some horses. We did see some wild life and the scenery is amazing as you gain elevation. Very easy hike.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Parking can be tricky. Very easy trail to hike, but a good challenge if mountain biking. Popular trail - lots of traffic. Great views of the Snowmass Wilderness peaks from the summit.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Great quick hike up to Elk Camp. A bit steep for the first little bit, but turns into a gradual and easy climb up. Really nice views the whole way.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Great trail for kids. Super easy access from Snowmass Village.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Nice easy trail- can be done in 1 hour or less. Watch out for bikes!

Gorgeous Lake. Don't let the first several miles fool you. I was keeping a good pace and then slowed down on the second half of the hike up to the lake especially with pack weight. Bring fly spray as they were biting and hard. Glad I wore long pants as some parts of the trail are pretty lush in growth. Parking for the trail head was a challenge and had to go down the road even at 9 am. Its a pretty long day up and back and took me about 7 hours roundtrip not including a rest at the lake.

mountain biking
Friday, August 14, 2015

Great workout rewarded by great views. I mountain biked starting with the South rim trail, quite strenuous even in 1st gear. Once to the rim it levels out and becomes a fun downward descent. Very narrow trail throughout. Single file only.

The snowmass trail was clean and a nice hike. I continued on past Snowmass lake and summited snowmass mountain. The trail was muddy in spots and a bit overgrown around and above snowmass lake. There were many foxes and possible porcupines that I saw throughout the hike and could hear during the night.
Check out my blog for the full description of the day of hiking as well as my attempt to climb all the Colorado 14ers this year: http://freeoutside.com

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