This follows Tabor Creek and ends at the top of a pass which looks out onto the basin of Anderson and Petroleum Lakes. A side hike, using orienteering skills, can be made to Tabor Lake to the west. Follow an old jeep trail down to Lincoln Creek. After crossing the creek, the trail climbs steeply and in 1/2 mile crosses a wooden bridge over an aqueduct. Then becomes more moderate, crossing through a meadow and forest. There are cairns in areas where the trail is hard to follow. The last section leading to the pass is steep. The trail does not go to Tabor Lake, although the lake can be reached using orienteering skills.
Directions from Aspen: Drive 10 miles east of Aspen on Highway 82 to Lincoln Creek Road. Turn right and drive 4.1 miles on Lincoln Creek Road to the Tabor Creek Trailhead.
June through September
(NOTE: Snow may obstruct the path at high elevations.)
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Winter Conditions. Beware of avalanche danger and hypothermia. Updated: 2002-12-23 14:38:00.0
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Time of Day: 11:00 a.m. Length of Time: 4 hours Difficulty: Moderate Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl Recommend to a Friend: Highly Report: The hike through the valley is gorgeous. We had to turn around before the pass due to rain, but it looked difficult. Nonetheless, the valley offers a lot of solitude and the views are incredible. Conditions: Dry Water Availability: Yes, plenty of water. You follow a creek.
Hiking & Walking
Tabor Creek Trail
Tabor Creek Trail
Independence Pass Area - The Independence Pass Area is located east of Aspen, between town and Independence Pass. This area offers a high concentration of attractions in a scenic setting.
Portal Campground - Portal Family Campground is located east of Aspen on Lincoln Creek Road. Campers can access some wonderful day hikes from this location as well as terrain for motorcycle riding, mountain biking, ATV riding and horseback riding.
Aspen Chamber Resort Association, 425 Rio Grande Pl.
, Aspen, CO, 81611, Phone: 970-925-1940
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