Located in Colorado, the hiking in Aspen is known for five fun and beautiful hiking routes. The best Aspen hiking based on popularity are considered to be Maroon Bells Loop, Independence Pass Trail, East Maroon Creek Trail, Conundrum Creek Trail, and 10th Mountain Huts - West. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Aspen hiking trail below.
Southwest of Aspen, the 29 mile Maroon Bells Loop is a challenging hiking trek mainly above 11,000 feet crossing four alpine passes above 12,000. This 4-5 day route is best traversed clockwise and starts from Maroon Lake. These Elk Mountains have seen a resurgence of the protected Lynx.
Southwest of Aspen, the East Maroon Creek Trail is a 9 mile route to East Maroon Pass within the Maroon Bells Wilderness. The trail climbs from 8,750 feet at the trailhead to 11,800 feet at the pass. While the trail ends at the pass, the Copper Creek Trail continues down the west side past the scenic Copper Lakes and leads to Judd Falls near the Gothic townsite.
Southwest of Aspen, the Conundrum Creek Trail is a 10 mile route leading past the popular Conundrum Hot Springs on the way up to Triangle Pass. The trail starts at 8,770 feet at the trailhead and climbs, slowly at first, to 12,990 feet at the pass. Beyond the pass, a difficult to follow trail continues down the other side through a loose, rocky scree field dropping 1,500 feet over 2 miles to Copper Lakes.