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OMG this was tough

After a strenuous series of switchback up the mountain, the trail sort of levels off, taking you... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2017
Steve B
Don't quit until you get to the top.

Follow the map and you can find this trail head. A small parking lot near the base, but not too... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2017
John W
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“pine forest” (2 reviews)
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Aspen, CO

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Reviewed 10 October 2017

After a strenuous series of switchback up the mountain, the trail sort of levels off, taking you through alpine meadows, pine forests and of course the glorious Aspen trees. The lake is OK

Thank Steve B
Reviewed 18 September 2017

Follow the map and you can find this trail head. A small parking lot near the base, but not too hard to find. It is only 10-12 miles from downtown Aspen. The total trail is about 3.5 miles each way. Don't quit after the first...More

Thank John W
Reviewed 3 July 2017

This was an arduous hike, parts of it pretty steep and exhausting; then the trail levels off a bit and there is an easy walk through a gorgeous forest, then the gradient picks back up. The payoff is the most stunning lake surrounded by snow...More

Thank mbtn3
Reviewed 5 October 2016

This is a nice hike but there are so many great hikes around Aspen this is not in my top five. It starts off pretty steep switch backing through an Aspen grove. There are a few nice overlooks along the way. Once you reach the...More

3  Thank billrae93
Reviewed 28 August 2016

This is a challenging 2.8 mi hike with 1,965 vertical feet. The lake is very nice, nestled up against cliffs, so it's great exercise on a very well defined trail, but this hike becomes totally remarkable in September when the Aspen leaves have turned and...More

Thank Coastman3
Reviewed 5 July 2016

We did this hike 4th of July weekend. The trail is pretty steep for the first 1.5 miles or so (switchbacks through Aspen trees). The trail is a bit narrow in spots so watch your footing when passing others. You will have some respites from...More

Thank tlowens75
Reviewed 20 June 2016

My wife and I hiked this trail last week (mid-June). We arrived at the Trailhead at 10:30 AM and headed up with full packs, planning on spending the night at the lake. The trail is fairly steep, climbing approximately 2,000 feet in 3 miles. At...More

Thank dbuddha
Reviewed 18 June 2016

This is a steep and stunning hike. Be prepared for a stairmaster-like hike at altitude but also be prepared for stunning vistas and a beautiful lake

Thank funguyawesome
Reviewed 8 February 2016

This hike is scenic and culminates at American Lake, a small alpine body of water. It should be done in summer or early fall.

Thank baltoro
Reviewed 27 October 2015

There is a small book, sold in outfitting stores, and ski shops, in Aspen, that lists all the local hiking trails, mile by mile, discussing the difficulty of th ehike and what to expect. NEVER underestimate the mountain, even if the description says it's an...More

Thank Aspeneyesurgeon
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