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.
Copyright: USDA Forest Service
The ptarmigan is one of those amazing birds that is able to survive on the plants of the high alpine tundra
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
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.
June through September
(NOTE: Snow may obstruct the trail at high elevations.)