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Quick Facts

Petroleum & Anderson Lakes Trail

Beginning Elevation: 11,200 Feet (3413.8 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 920 Feet (280.4 Meters) Petroleum Lake; 600' Anderson Lake
Ending Elevation: 12,120 Feet (3694.2 Meters) Petroleum Lake;11,800 Anderson Lake
Length, One-way: 1.8 Miles (2.9 Kilometers) Petroleum Lake, 1.2 miles Anderson Lake
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 127 Aspen, Independence Pass
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Independence Pass, New York Pass

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

The Trail follows an old jeep road that is now closed to motorized vehicles. The trail follows Anderson Creek passing through fir forests then tundra. In about one mile the trail forks. Take the left fork to reach Anderson Lake in another 1/4 mile. Take the right fork to reach Petroleum Lake in another 3/4 mile. Stay on the steep trail to the right of the outlet stream of Petroleum Lake to reach the lake. The waters of Anderson Lake are a beautiful turquoise blue while Petroleum Lake's are dark giving the lake it's name.

Directions from Aspen: Drive ten miles east of Aspen on Highway 82 to Lincoln Creek Road. Turn right and drive 6 1/2 miles on Lincoln Creek Road to Portal Campground. From Portal Campground the road becomes very rough and a high clearance four-wheel drive is required. Either drive or hike the remaining 3 1/3 miles to a fork in the road. Take the right fork, cross the creek and park on the other side. Camping near the lakes is not recommended because of limited campsites and the fragile alpine vegetation. There is good fishing at both lakes.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: May through September (NOTE: Snow may obstruct the trail during the Early Summer months.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Winter Conditions. Beware of avalanche danger and hypothermia. Updated: 2002-12-23 14:37:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON History Townsite of Ruby - further one mile south on Lincoln Creek Road
ICON Cold Water Fishing Anderson & Petroleum Lakes Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Anderson & Petroleum Lakes Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Anderson & Petroleum Lakes Trail

Related Activities
Lincoln Creek Road, #106 - There is access to many activities along the first six miles of the road. The section of road from Grizzly Reservoir to the ghost town of Ruby is much less traveled and suitable only for hiking, mountain biking and 4 WD.

Portal Campground - Portal Campground is located east of Aspen on Lincoln Creek Road at Grizzly Reservoir. Campers can access some wonderful day hikes from this location as well as terrain for motorcycle and ATV riding, mountain biking, fishing and horseback riding.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Aspen Ranger District, 806 W. Hallam , Aspen, CO, 81611, Phone: 970-925-3445


Local Lodging

Stay at the Aspen Square Hotel
Stay at the Aspen Square Hotel

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