Guidebook

Discover the Best Hikes in Aspen, Colorado

Uncover the most epic hikes in Aspen, Colorado with this guidebook!

Greg Heil

Description

Aspen has reigned for years as one of the top hiking destinations in the state of Colorado. The majestic beauty of the Elk Range is renowned far and wide, and the collection of peaks known as the Maroon Bells is just a short drive from downtown. Regarded as some of the most recognizable and most beautiful mountains in a state known for such things, photographers flock from around the world to take their own photos of the Maroon Bells, sightseers hop on shuttle busses to view the panorama, and hikers and mountaineers begin longer adventures from the same trailhead.

As you can imagine, many of the trails around Aspen can get very crowded during the peak tourist season. This guidebook rounds up the best and most popular hikes in Aspen, and perennial favorites (and viral sensations) found in this guidebook, such as Conundrum Hot Springs, Crater Lake, and the Four Pass Loop, are guaranteed to have crowds.

But there's hundreds if not thousands of miles of hiking trails near Aspen (it just depends how large you draw your circle). So if you're willing to venture a bit of the beaten path, you can easily have a fantastic adventure deep in the Elk Range all to yourself. For instance, if you skip the 14ers and head to a 13er like Electric Pass Peak, suddenly you might find yourself all alone in the majesty of the Colorado Rockies!

Conundrum Hot Springs
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Conundrum Hot Springs

Aspen
6 - 7 hrs
27.0 km
877 m
877 m
Colorado's most popular hot springs hike.
Moderate
Private
Crater Lake
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Crater Lake

Colorado
1 - 2 hrs
5.8 km
210 m
210 m
The quintessential Aspen hike, short mileage and big views of the infamous Maroon Bells.
Easy
Private
The Four Pass Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

The Four Pass Loop

Colorado
1 day +
41.9 km
2,415 m
2,415 m
An epic jaunt through Colorado's Elk Mountains.
Difficult
Private
Buckskin Pass, Willow Pass, and Willow Lake Trek
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Buckskin Pass, Willow Pass, and Willow Lake Trek

Colorado
6 - 7 hrs
22.4 km
1,390 m
1,390 m
An epic day hike featuring multiple alpine passes and lakes.
Difficult
Private
American Lake
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

American Lake

Salida
2 - 3 hrs
9.4 km
616 m
616 m
One of the quintessential Aspen hikes.
Moderate
Private
Cathedral Lake
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Cathedral Lake

Crested Butte
2 - 3 hrs
8.8 km
643 m
643 m
A moderate hike to a beautiful alpine lake.
Moderate
Private
Maroon Peak: South Ridge
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Maroon Peak: South Ridge

Colorado
17.6 km
1,574 m
A long day of steep, sustained hiking and scrambling up one of Colorado's most iconic mountains.
Moderate
Private
Electric Pass Peak
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Electric Pass Peak

Crested Butte
4 - 5 hrs
17.1 km
1,203 m
1,203 m
13,365-foot “Electric Pass Peak” is a rare 13er with a trail to the summit.
Difficult
Private