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Quick Facts

Hunter Valley Trail

Beginning Elevation: 7,900 Feet (2462.6 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,000 Feet (311.7 Meters)
High Point: 10,600 Feet (3304.2 Meters)
Length: 1.5 Miles (2.5 Kilometers) To Tenth Mtn. Bridge
Length: 4 Miles (6.67 Kilometers) Van Horn Park
Length: 8.5 Miles (14.17 Kilometers) Midway Pass Trail
Recommended Season: Late Spring-Fall
Trail Number: 1992
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Aspen, Thimble Rock




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General Description

Mountain biking is a popular activity in the White River National Forest
Copyright: USDA Forest Service
Mountain biking is a popular activity in the White River National Forest
Summer and winter, Hunter Valley is one of the most popular trips from Aspen because of its beauty, accessibility, and peaceful setting. Hunter Valley has everything you would expect from an idyllic mountain valley: the picturesque Hunter Creek, the meadow valley floor, the surrounding mountain peaks, the prominent Thimble Rock at the end of the valley, the wildlife, the abandoned hunters' cabins, and much more. You can spend anywhere from 2 hours to all day on your tour in Hunter Valley. The farther you explore in Hunter Valley, the more the valley beckons you on. From the trailhead parking lot walk down to the road and go left through two large stone pillars, walking 1/4 mile to where the trail crosses the road. After a sharp turn in the road the trail will be just ahead on the right traversing along the side of the hill, with a sign saying 'Hunter Creek Trail'. After a traverse of about 100 yards, the trail reaches the Benedict Bridge which crosses Hunter Creek. After crossing the bridge, the trail (more like a road at this point) goes up fairly steeply along the right side of Hunter Creek in the trees. A little distance up, the trail levels off and narrows as it continues on through the evergreens and aspen. After another 1 mile the trail bears off to the right into the aspen and is marked by blue diamonds. Coming out of the trees at the White River National Forest sign, you will see Hunter Valley opening up before you, with the creek to the left and mountains on all sides.

Directions from Aspen: From north Mill Street turn left onto Red Mountain Road and follow to Hunter Creek Road (1.3 miles from Main Street). Go right for .3 miles, then left up a hill into the Hunter Creek Trail parking lot.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Summer Season: May through October (NOTE: During early May this trail may be difficult to use due to high water and muddy conditions.) . Normal Winter Season: December through April (NOTE: Dates for Winter use may vary due to snow levels.) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Winter Conditions. Beware of avalanche danger and hypothermia. Updated: 2002-12-23 14:37:00.0


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Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a very popular trail. Very beautiful this time of year. Watch out for mountain bikes which frequent the area. Luckily the trail is wide and visibility is generally good. The upper bridge is starting to look a bit 'iffy'.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cross-country Skiing Hunter Valley Trail
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Hunter Valley Trail
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Bikes permitted on the first three miles of Hunter Valley Trail only, before wilderness boundary.
Yes
ICON Snowshoeing Hunter Valley Trail
Yes



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