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Quick Facts

Tabor Creek Trail

Average Time: 1 Days
Beginning Elevation: 10,200 Feet (3179.6 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 2,260 Feet (704.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,460 Feet (3884.0 Meters)
Length: 3.9 Miles (6.5 Kilometers) one way
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: New York Peak

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

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.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: June through September (NOTE: Snow may obstruct the path at high elevations.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Winter Conditions. Beware of avalanche danger and hypothermia. Updated: 2002-12-23 14:38:00.0

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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.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking
ICON Hiking & Walking Tabor Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Tabor Creek Trail

Related Activities
Independence Pass Area - The Independence Pass Area is located east of Aspen and offers a high concentration of attractions in a scenic alpine setting. The pass is closed in winter to vehicular traffic with the exception of snowmobiles.

Portal Campground - Portal Campground is located east of Aspen on Lincoln Creek Road at Grizzly Reservoir. Campers can access some wonderful day hikes from this location as well as terrain for motorcycle and ATV riding, mountain biking, fishing and horseback riding.

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


Local Lodging

Stay at the Aspen Square Hotel
Stay at the Aspen Square Hotel

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