This is a good moderate hike or backpack through wooded areas with plenty of places to camp. This trail doesn't receive as heavy use as some of the other trails within the Aspen Ranger District. Horseback travel is difficult for the first 1-1/2 miles along Woody Creek through the rock scree areas. The Woody Creek Trail intersects with the Hunter Creek Trail for the options of ending the trip in Aspen, or a loop back to Lenado. Limit group sizes to 25 people and 25 stock/pack animals. Sanitation - Bury human waste 100 feet from water and 6 inches in the soil.
Directions from Aspen: Drive approximately 7 miles west of Aspen on Highway 82 to the Woody Creek turnoff (about 1 mile past the Brush Creek Road turnoff to Snowmass Village). Turn right following the road downhill. After crossing the bridge, bear left and continue 2 miles to the town of Woody Creek. Just past the town, take a sharp right onto Woody Creek Road #18/F.S. Road #103. Continue on this road 8-1/2 miles to the town of Lenado. Approximately 3/4 mile past Lenado, the road makes a sharp left turn and crosses Woody Creek. The Woody Creek Trailhead lies on the right side of the road, just before the bridge. The Spruce Creek Trailhead begins at the Woody Creek Trail.
June through September
(NOTE: Snow may obstruct the trail at high elevations.)