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Cathedral Lake Trail

Ashcroft Mountain, Aspen, CO 81611
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Great Hike!

This hike is gorgeous! The road to the parking lot is a little rocky and there were a few large... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2017
Rachel L
via mobile
Exhilarating and exhausting

This was a beautiful hike! I live at sea level and had a difficult time getting to the lake. There... read more

Reviewed 18 July 2017
Columbus, Mississippi
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This excellent hiking area outside Aspen is ideal for beginners and those who enjoy easier trails.
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Ashcroft Mountain, Aspen, CO 81611

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Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

This hike is gorgeous! The road to the parking lot is a little rocky and there were a few large puddles. You pass through several different types of landscapes. It was a steady incline with one hard set of switchbacks close to the lake. The...More

Thank Rachel L
Reviewed 18 July 2017

This was a beautiful hike! I live at sea level and had a difficult time getting to the lake. There were many times that I thought I would turn back. We even saw a bear in the distance. With quite a few rest stops I...More

Thank yfarm
Reviewed 11 July 2017

What a terrific hike.............but beware if you are a flatlander as I am. Trailhead is at 9,900 feet and trail rises 2,000 feet, mostly over 2.5 miles. So even if you are in shape the altitude can be an issue, particularly on the last eight...More

Thank TomDux_1
Reviewed 6 July 2017

This is a six-mile hike that takes you to a spectacular alpine lake at 11,900'. It is not a novice hike whatsoever--not because it is technical, but because it is physically demanding. There is very little flat terrain, so you are either ascending or descending...More

Thank Apk126
Reviewed 3 July 2017

This is a tough hike, the trail is fairly steep and constantly so in the early part. Then, you get to a relatively level expanse that is entirely made of rock that is quite beautiful to walk through. The kicker is at the end, where...More

Thank mbtn3
Reviewed 17 November 2016

This was a steep hike and I thought my lungs were going to explode, but the destination made it all worth while. It wasn't hard to see why this is one of the more popular hikes around Aspen

Thank Abby M
Reviewed 28 September 2016

This was our alternative to visiting Maroon Bells (completely overrun due to leaf peeping); and what an amazing discovery. Be prepared - it isn't a hike for the feint of heart - lots of intense uphill, but totally worth it when you get to Cathedral...More

Thank Kirstin B
Reviewed 23 September 2016

You go up the road, almost to the end. That is How To Get to Cathedral Lake Trail. The trailhead is on the right. The trailhead road is rough. The hike is steep and up up up... 2000 ft elevation gain over almost 3 miles....More

Thank AptosAmy
Reviewed 3 September 2016

We missed the entrance and started pear pass a mile or so down the road so we did about 3.5 miles before starting Cathedral which didn't help me at all. Hahaha At the end of the day we took 1.5 hours up and my hiking...More

Thank Michael J
Reviewed 28 August 2016

This is a spectacular hike through trees (when turning color, the Aspens are to die for) and up switch backs. 2.8 mile hike which gains 2000 vertical feet, so you need to be ready for it, but it so totally worth it. The lake (see...More

Thank Coastman3
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Response from DogDoggie | Reviewed this property |
this year (2016)...i'd say yes...but it depends on the late season snow...which has been plentiful.