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Aspen for Trouble: Downhill

One of the easier downhills on the mountain.

Mountain Biking Moderate

5.8 km
30 m
368 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.8 km
High Point
3.2 km
Aspen for Trouble: Downhill Map

If you head to the Pajarito Bike Park during the week when the lifts aren't spinning, the Aspen for Trouble trail provides an achievable uphill climb. Winding its way from the base area to the top of the mountain, this switchbacked climbing trail is a reasonable pedal—albeit with some spicy bits mixed in.


However, when the lifts are spinning, the Aspen for Trouble trail can still provide a mellow descent. If you're a beginner or early intermediate rider that's trying to test your mettle at Pajarito, this will be one of the only trails that will prove rideable in the bike park.

The trail starts off with a fast, flowy section and a couple of small jumps. This section also provides access to some of the single-black and double-black runs on this side of the mountain.

After traversing to descender's left, the trail crosses some wide ski slopes, providing stunning views of the surrounding region. On the far left/northwestern corner of the mountain, the trail begins to lose elevation via a series of stacked switchbacks. While one of these switchbacks is a bit tight and tricky with a rock move, most of them are very easy and quite flat. In fact, you'll need to be prepared to do some uphill pedaling on this "downhill" run due to the grade reversals that have been designed to serve uphill riders.

If you do head all the way to the northwestern corner of the mountain and are looking for a more downhill-optimized experience, you can opt for the Half Aspen trail instead (mapped separately).



Mostly stable trail tread with some variability, with unavoidable obstacles 8in/20cm tall or less. Other obstacles such as rock gullies and steep sections may exist. Ideal for lower intermediate riders.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

between June and October


  • Flow
  • Picturesque
  • Shuttle-run
  • Singletrack
  • Roots
  • Rock Gardens

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