Guidebook

Explore Like a Local: Top Hikes in Aspen

Aspen hikes offer all kinds of rewards to hikers from hot springs to magnificent views.

Description

Aspen, Colorado is known for its 4 ski areas but is also located near 3 wilderness areas (Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness, and the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness). The idyllic area is blessed with a plethora of hiking and biking trails.

For the quintessential Aspen hiking experience, you don’t want to miss the Crater Lake trail, which offers beautiful views but a relatively short mileage.

If you’re feeling creative, make a super loop by starting off on the Hunter Creek Valley trail and then connecting on to Smuggler Mountain, affectionately known as “Aspen’s backyard”.

For some of the best views in Colorado, head southeast towards Maroon Lake. There you'll find the Four Pass Loop and a hike through Buckskin Pass, Willow Pass, and the Willow Lake trail. Insider tip: Willow Lake is a bit of a hidden gem, as it experiences less traffic than on the popular Four Pass Loop.

Sources:
https://www.aspenchamber.org/explore-aspen/recreation/hiking-trails

https://www.aspentrailfinder.com/aspen-trails/

https://www.aspentrailfinder.com/5-popular-hiking-trails-in-aspen/

Hike Hunter Creek Trail

Hike Hunter Creek Trail

Aspen Summer
8.9 km288 m287 m
This varied and scenic route travels through creekside forests before climbing into an alpine meadow with great views of Aspen and the surrounding mountains.
Easy
Private
Conundrum Hot Springs
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Conundrum Hot Springs

Aspen Summer
27.0 km877 m877 m
Colorado's most popular hot springs hike.
Moderate
Private
Crater Lake
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Crater Lake

Aspen Summer
5.8 km210 m210 m
The quintessential Aspen hike, short mileage and big views of the infamous Maroon Bells.
Easy
Private
The Four Pass Loop
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The Four Pass Loop

Aspen Summer
41.9 km2,415 m2,415 m
An epic jaunt through Colorado's Elk Mountains.
Difficult
Private
Hike Ajax Trail

Hike Ajax Trail

Aspen
4.6 km114 m114 m
This short hike traverses the mountains and ski trails above Aspen, offering views of the town and quiet moments of contemplation.
Easy
Private
Buckskin Pass, Willow Pass, and Willow Lake Trek
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Buckskin Pass, Willow Pass, and Willow Lake Trek

Aspen Summer
22.4 km1,390 m1,390 m
An epic day hike featuring multiple alpine passes and lakes.
Difficult
Private