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Quick Facts

New York Creek Trail

Average Time: 1 Day one way
Beginning Elevation: 10,120 Feet (3154.6 Meters)
Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,160 Feet (673.3 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,280 Feet (3827.9 Meters)
Length: 4.2 Miles (7.0 Kilometers) one way
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 127 Aspen, Independence Pass
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 2182
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: New York Peak

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

The ptarmigan is one of those amazing birds that is able to survive on the plants of the high alpine tundra
Copyright: - US Forest Service
The ptarmigan is one of those amazing birds that is able to survive on the plants of the high alpine tundra
This is a moderate to difficult hike through spruce and fir forests. From the White River National Forest and the Gunnison National Forest boundary the trail is not maintained, you need to use orienteering skills to continue to Ptarmigan Lake.

From the trailhead parking area cross Lincoln Creek then follows an old road for 1 mile to the aqueduct road. This crossing can be tricky during high spring runoffs as there is no bridge. Follow the aqueduct road to the right for 1/2 mile. The next creek you come to is Brooklyn Gulch and the second creek is New York Creek. After crossing the creek the trail begins on the left (east) side of the creek. The trail parallels the creek for 3/4 mile through spruce forests, crosses the creek and emerges into a meadow. Follow the trail for another 1- 1/4 miles to the upper meadows above tree line. This section has cairns and wooden posts for the last mile to the top of the 12,280 foot pass.

Directions from Aspen: From Aspen drive ten miles east of Aspen on Highway 82 to Lincoln Creek Road. Turn right and and drive 3.1 miles on Lincoln Creek Road to the New York Trail turnoff.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: June through September (NOTE: Snow may obstruct the trail at high elevations.) .

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

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking
ICON Hiking & Walking New York Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding New York Creek Trail

Related Activities
Independence Pass Area - The Independence Pass Area is located east of Aspen and offers a high concentration of attractions in a scenic alpine setting. The pass is closed in winter to vehicular traffic with the exception of snowmobiles.

Portal Campground - Portal Campground is located east of Aspen on Lincoln Creek Road at Grizzly Reservoir. Campers can access some wonderful day hikes from this location as well as terrain for motorcycle and ATV riding, mountain biking, fishing and horseback riding.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Aspen Ranger District, 806 W. Hallam , Aspen, CO, 81611, Phone: 970-925-3445

Links to other sites:
Forest Conservancy - Current Information from Local Volunteers: Closings and Conditions


Local Lodging

Stay at the Aspen Square Hotel
Stay at the Aspen Square Hotel

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