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American Lake Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail can be either strenuous day hike, or a short backpack. It leads to American Lake.
Buckskin Pass Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Avery popular, but steep day hike; often used as a starting point for extended backpacking trips into the wilderness. Great views of Maroon Bells, Pyramid Peak and Snowmass Lake.
Capitol Creek Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
A good backpacking trail with access to the Avalanche Creek Trail, West Snowmass Trail and Capitol Peak. This area is popular with horseback riders, hikers, and climbers.
Cathedral Lake Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Cathedral Lake Trail is a difficult day hike and strenuous backpack trip. Cathedral Lake is very scenic with fair fishing.
Conundrum Creek Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Although the trail is moderate in terrain, it is a long day hike or 2 day backpacking trip. The trail generally parallels Conundrum Creek up the valley, following an old jeep trail which then turns into a trail.
Crater Lake Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail serves as a short and very popular day hike, or starting point for extended backpacking trips into the wilderness.
East Maroon Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This wilderness trail provides good backpacking opportunities and is also a good horseback trail.
East Snowmass Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail is good for hiking, backpacking and horseback travel. The camping is limited due to the steep terrain. This trail is less popular than the Maroon-Snowmass Trail and has very steep sections and may contain snowfields until late July.
Grizzly Lake Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This is a moderate climb with fair fishing at the lake. There is limited camping (stoves ONLY) at the lake. Due to the fragile alpine tundra, it's recommended that you camp below the timberline.
Lost Man Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail is good for hiking and backpacking, also fishing is fair in Independence Lake, Lost Man Lake, and Lost Man Reservoir. The trail is not a complete loop; it is a good idea to set up a shuttle.
Maroon Creek Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail offers a less crowded alternative to viewing the Maroon Valley. There are good views of the Maroon Bells and Pyramid Peak. This is a good day hike and is also a popular trail for horseback riding.
Maroon-Snowmass Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail is one of the most heavily used trails in the Aspen area. Hikers, backpackers and horse travelers enjoy the wildflowers, views and access to other areas within the Wilderness.
Midway Creek Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This is a great trail for backpacking and horse travel. The trail is mostly in the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness and is one of the less-used trails in the Aspen area.
New York Creek Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This is a moderate to difficult hike through spruce and fir forests. From the White River National Forest and the Gunnison National Forest boundary the trail is not maintained, you need to use orienteering skills to continue to Ptarmigan Lake.
Spruce Creek Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This is a good moderate hike or backpack through wooded areas, with plenty of places to camp. This trail is not as heavily used as some of the other trails within the Aspen Ranger District.
Sunnyside Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The trail offers a challenging day hike or backpack trip and access into Hunter Creek, Lenado and Van Horn Park. There are beautiful aspen groves and good views of Aspen and the surrounding mountains.
Tabor Creek Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail follows Tabor Creek and ends at the top of a pass which looks out onto the basin of Anderson and Petroleum Lakes. A side hike, using orienteering skills, can be made to Tabor Lake to the west.
Weller Lake Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
An easy hike takes you to Weller Lake, located just inside the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. The fishing is poor and campsites are limited.
West Maroon Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail is one of the most heavily used trails in the Aspen area. Hikers, backpackers and horse travelers enjoy the wildflowers and access to the wilderness areas.
West Snowmass Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail connects the Maroon-Snowmass and Capitol Creek Trails. The view from the top is magnificent, several 14,000'+ peaks are visible, and wildlife is abundant.
Willow Lake Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This scenic trail is heavily used. Hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, fishing and camping are available. The trailhead is 9 1/2 miles up Maroon Creek Road. It's located within Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.
Woody Creek Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This is a good moderate hike or backpack through wooded areas with plenty of places to camp. This trail doesn't receive as heavy use as some of the other trails within the Aspen Ranger District.
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