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Quick Facts

Weller Lake Trail

Average Time: 1/2 Hour one way
Beginning Elevation: 9,300 Feet (2899.0 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 300 Feet (93.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,600 Feet (2992.5 Meters)
Length: .6 Miles (1 Kilometer) one way
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 127 Aspen, Independence Pass
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 1986
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: New York Peak

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General Description

Weller Lake
Copyright: Zander Higbie - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Weller Lake
An easy hike takes you to Weller Lake, located just inside the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. There is limited camping (camp stoves only) and poor fishing at the lake. Because of the fragile alpine tundra, it's recommended that you camp below timberline. From the parking lot, the trail crosses a new (2014) metal bridge across the Roaring Fork River. The trail follows some switchbacks to a very small bridge just before the lake.

The north shoreline consists of very large boulders that can only be crossed by jumping from one to another. At the southwest corner of the lake, you can see the remains of a campfire that started a forest fire. The dead and still standing timber to the south east of the lake resulted from this fire.

Directions from Aspen: Drive approximately 9 miles east of Aspen on Highway 82. Just before Weller Campground, turn right on a curve into a paved parking lot.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: June through September (NOTE: You may encounter snow at high elevation Early and Late in the recommended season.) . Normal Winter Season: December through April (NOTE: The Weller Lake Trail can be used with snowshoes during the Winter months.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Winter Conditions. Beware of avalanche danger and hypothermia. Updated: 2002-12-23 14:39:00.0

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Filed By: Rita and Cody (Kansas City, KS)
Time of Day: Afternoon
Length of Time: About two hours round trip
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a good trail to get used to the altitude. It is not too long and it is a gradual climb through the woods. When we got to the lake, there were boulders and fallen trees blocking our access to the water. We had to climb over the huge rocks to get to the lake. Even so, we couldn't get very close to the water.
Conditions: The trail was rocky in places. Since the trail was in the woods, it was shady the all the way.
Recommended Clothing: Good sturdy shoes are recommended.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking
ICON Hiking & Walking Weller Lake Trail
ICON Snowshoeing Weller Lake Trail

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

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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