This trail is not recommended for the beginner. It is is a difficult
day hike or strenuous backpack trip. Follow the Cathedral
Lake Trail to the first Electric Pass fork and go right. This is the
halfway point from the trailhead to Electric Pass. At the next
fork you will come to two trails (the old one is blocked off) and a
new one that bears left. Take the new trail. You'll travel through
meadows of wildflowers and be above the tree line. While in the
meadows the trail turns right and goes into a series of
switchbacks up the ridge on your right.
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The view west from Electric Pass allows the hiker to see Cataract Basin and the Maroon Bells
The largely abandoned trail across the face of Electric Peak to
the "pass" crosses a steep talus slope that is frequently
obliterated in spots and has dangerous loose rock and/or snow.
Few use this section of the trail and it is not recommended.
up the ridge to the peak which is slightly above the "pass".
The trail from the
"pass" down to Conundrum
Creek was abandoned long ago (despite what Google Maps
shows) and crosses hazardous terrain. Do not attempt unless
you are truly prepared for the conditions and prepared to self
rescue if need be.
Directions from Aspen: Drive 1/2 mile west of Aspen on Highway 82. At the roundabout, turn onto Castle Creek Road. Drive 12.2 miles up Castle Creek and turn right (shortly after passing Ashcroft) onto a gravel road, driving a 1/2 mile to the trailhead.
June through September
(NOTE: The trail to Electric Pass may be inaccessible during the Spring, Fall, and Winter months due to snow.)