Explore the most popular trail running 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.

Fun trail. Great 360° vista from the top.

hiking
5 days ago

This hike is on the Snowmass ski resort. Park in the parking garage in the Snowmass village, then walk up to the trail head at the base of the Elk Camp gondola (approx. 200-300 yards). The trail is moderately steep but about 70% of it is in the forest (in the shade) and very beautiful. As you ascend, you will occasionally hike under the gondola. I strongly believe the reported mileage of 1.9 miles is overstated. Hiking at a very easy pace (our 4 person group just arrived two days before from home (elevation 700 feet)) it took us just 1.5 hours to reach the Elk Camp restaurant. We took the gondola back down the mountain. Be sure not to hike on the mountain bike trails, as the bikes fly down the mountain and will run you over! Lunch at the Elk Camp restaurant was great!

From the Elk Camp restaurant, you have the option of taking one of two trails higher up the mountain. The Sierra Club trail is a beautiful 1.9 mile (mileage is overstated!) loop that is about 60% in the forest. It took our group less than one hour to complete the loop. At the "Y" in the trail, if you go right, the trail is steep (in places) and in the sun for the first 30 minutes. Then the traverse and descent are in the forest (in the shade). If you go left at the "Y", the first part of your hike will be in the shade and second part in the sun. We did not take the summit trail as it was too long (estimated time RT is 3 hours) and steep.

hiking
6 days ago

Easy and beautiful

Definitely on the harder side of easy. Instagrammable spiral point is absolutely worth it.

hiking
9 days ago

Best views are at the front half of the hike. The creek at the end is great for little kids. Mostly open.

hiking
14 days ago

Moderate, shirt hike with beautiful vistas! Would recommend!

1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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.

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
2 months ago

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!

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful views once you get to the top

on Ditch Trail

10 months ago

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

hiking
10 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!

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

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

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.

hiking
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!

snowshoeing
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.

hiking
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.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

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

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.

hiking
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Rim Trail consists of two segments, South Rim Trail and North Rim Trail. You can access the trail from either end and walk to the other end. The shuttle/bus service in Snowmass Village can ease the task of getting back to your car at the other end. Either end starts with a climb to the "rim" (about 800-900ft depending upon which end) and then you proceed along the rim (ups and downs) to the other end. Views are spectacular, with Snowmass Mtn Ski resort filling the foreground, and Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain ski slopes on successive ridges beyond Snowmass. There are also 360 degree sweeping views of nearby Mt. Daly (13,297), Sopris (12,965ft), Capitol Peak (14,137ft), and Highland Peak (12,382). The skier famous Highland Bowl (double diamond expert descent from the peak) is on the far side of Highland Peak, which is a hike accessible peak at the top of the Aspen Highlands. Sinclair Rd. intersects the Rim trail in the middle with the South Rim trail to the south (left side of the road going up) and the North Rim trail to the right. Technically parking is not permitted on the road at this point, though few encounter problems. There is no shuttle service to this point so a two vehicle strategy is needed if your going to leave a vehicle there. If you start at this midpoint, you avoid the steep climbs at either end of the Rim trail, and of course only hike about 1/2 the distance. Running along the ridge line, your quite exposed to the sun, so sun screen is a must on a sunny day, and the apparent temperature can seem a great deal warmer than the low to mid 70's which are the typical high temperatures in the summer. You definitely do not want to be on this ridge line in a thunder storm. There is no place to take shelter till it passes, and the only descents are at the ends of the trail and the Sinclair Rd mid point. Worst case you could be running along a ridge line for 3 miles to safety, trying to avoid sky to earth lightening strikes. The trail is popular with mountain bikers, but they seem well behaved and I've not had a problem with them passing. Its quite a nice mountain bike touring trail.

hiking
Thursday, June 05, 2014

The trail was great. Beautiful views of Snowmass Village. Ran into many mountain bikers. Very few hikers. Take lots of water and snacks. Trail seemed much longer then the 6.2 mile. Start early to enjoy the sun and views.

hiking
1 day ago

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