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Quick Facts

Aspen-Norrie Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,480 Feet (2955.1 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,580 Feet (492.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,060 Feet (3447.6 Meters)
Length: 3 Miles (5.0 Kilometers) 7.2 km
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 126 Ruedi Reservoir, Holy Cross
Trail Number: 1927
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Meredith

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

From the trailhead in Twin Meadows, hike west along the creek. The trail is marked with blue metal tags on trees for cross- country skiers. The trail ends at Sawmill Park, but you can continue all the way to Aspen by picking up the Spruce Creek trail at the other end of the Park. If you wander around Sawmill Park you will find the remains of an old fire watchers lookout tower and cabin. The side trip up to Mt. Yeckel provides a breathtaking view of the Fryingpan River drainage and the Elk range.

Directions from Carbondale: From Carbondale travel east on Hwy. 82 to Basalt. Turn left into downtown Basalt and follow the Fryingpan River Road for 28 miles. Turn right on road #504 at the Norrie Colony sign. Follow this gravel road 3 miles and turn right on the first gravel road fork. The trailhead bulletin board is visible as soon as you enter Twin Meadows.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Summer Season: June through September (NOTE: Snow may obstruct the trail in Early June and Late September.) . Normal Winter Season: November through April (NOTE: Conditions may vary due to snowpack.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Aspen/Norrie Trail
ICON Cross-country Skiing Aspen/Norrie Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Aspen-Norrie Trail
ICON Snowshoeing Aspen/Norrie Trail

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Sopris Ranger District, 620 Main St, P.O. Box 309 , Carbondale, CO, 81623, Phone: 970-963-2266, Fax: 970-963-1012

Links to other sites:
Forest Conservancy - Current Information from Local Volunteers: Closings and Conditions


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