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Ashcroft Ski Touring Center Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Located 12 miles above Aspen in the spectacular Castle Creek Valley, Ashcroft offers 35 kilometers of groomed terrain for all levels of Nordic skiers.
Aspen Cross-Country Center Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Trail System Offers ski lessons, tours, retail shop, rentals, a lounge, lockers, snacks, and videos.
Aspen High School Trail System Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Trail System Excellent skiing on varied terrain, and better snow conditions in warmer weather because of the higher elevation and exposure.
Aspen-Norrie Trail Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Mt. Yeckel provides a breathtaking view of the Fryingpan River drainage and the Elk range. The trail ends at Sawmill Park, but you can continue all the way to Aspen by picking up the Spruce Creek trail.
Benedict Trail Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Trail System Connects the East end of Aspen to the North Star Nature Preserve.
Difficult Creek Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This is an enjoyable day hike through a variety of forest environments. It's a convenient hike for campers at Difficult Campground.
Eagle/Thomasville Road Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This road is not a four wheel drive road, but is very dangerous and slippery when wet. Do not drive on it if rain is in the forecast or it has recently rained!
Express Creek Road to Taylor Pass Road Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This is a popular high-altitude jeep route beginning at Express Creek Road. Because of the altitude snow is often present well into mid-July.
Four Mile Road Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This road passes through aspen and conifer groves and meadows. It is used mainly by campers, hunters, bikers and drivers who want to see some beautiful scenery.
Government Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Government Trail is an enjoyable day hike or mountain bike ride through aspen groves. It is also known as Brush Creek Trail and is a popular cross country ski trail in the winter.
Hagerman Pass Four-Wheel Drive Road Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Hagerman Pass area is a relaxing ride packed with tons of beautiful scenery. There are campgrounds at Turquoise lake and Ruedi Reservoir that provide convenient camping and fishing.
Hunter Creek Cutoff Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Smuggler Road is used heavily by mountain bikes, runners and hikers. Smuggler Road provides a short (1-1/2 mile) work out with great views of Aspen, which makes it very popular.
Hunter Valley Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Summer and winter, Hunter Valley is one of the most popular trips from Aspen because of its beauty, accessibility, and peaceful setting. You can spend anywhere from 2 hours to all day on your tour in Hunter Valley.
Independence Pass Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This mountain-pass road is one of the best ways to see some amazing scenery out of your car window. It crosses the Continental Divide at Independence Pass (elevation 12,095 feet.)
James E Moore Trail Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Trail System The James E. Moore Trail has a short loop and a connecting trail to the High School, Iselin and Owl Creek trails. It can be accessed from the Aspen Cross Country Center or the Aspen Recreation Center.
Last Chance Trail Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The trail crosses Last Chance Creek near the beginning and then is an easy walk through meadows most of the way. It ends at the junction with Tellurium Lake trail.
Lenado Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Smuggler Road is used heavily by mountain bikes, runners and hikers. The section of trail through Hunter Creek is not as heavily used, but is popular with hikers and mountain bikers, and cross country skiers in the winter.
Lily Lake Trail Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Lily Lake Trail goes through areas of lush vegetation. Large, dense stands of trees make it a beautiful area to hike through, and also provide the opportunity to spot wildlife.
Lily Pad Lake Trail Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The views from the trail are great with lots of open meadows. This route also makes a great loop for bicycles.
Lincoln Creek Road Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
There is access to many activities along the first six miles of the road. The section of road from Grizzly Reservoir to the ghost town of Ruby is much less traveled and suitable only for hiking, mountain biking and 4 WD.
Marolt Property Tracks Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Trail System Used primarily as an access route between the west end of Aspen and the Aspen Golf Course and the High School tracks. Dogs are allowed.
Maroon Creek Area Maroon Creek Area,
Aspen Ranger District
The Maroon Creek area is located southwest of Aspen. The scenic Maroon Bells are the focal point of this area but not the only attraction.
Maroon Creek Club Trails Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Trail System These trails are accessed from the Tiehack Nordic Bridge or from the Buttermilk base area.
Maroon Creek Road Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Maroon Creek Road leads to Maroon Lake and the Maroon Bells, the most photographed mountains in the country. This heavily used area is restricted to bus access much of the year.
Midnight Mine Four-Wheel Drive Road Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This is a fairly well maintained dirt road with several steep sections. It is not used by four-wheel drives as much as Little Annie or Summer Roads.
Montezuma Basin Four-Wheel Drive Road Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
There rugged jeep road provides access to Crested Butte via Pearl Pass, several Braun system huts and the starting point for climbing Castle Peak.
North Star Nature Preserve Loop Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Trail System Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are one of the few uses permitted on its flat, open meadows close to the Roaring Fork River.
Owl Creek Trail Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Trail System This popular and scenic trail connects Aspen and Snowmass Village, hugging the south side of the Roaring Fork and Owl Creek valleys.
Richmond Hill Road Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Richmond Hill extends from the top of Aspen Mountain to the south, forming the eastern ridge of the Castle Creek Valley. From this vantage point users have a great view of many of the surrounding mountains in the Aspen area.
Rim Trail Snowmass Village Area,
Colorado Community Areas
This trail near Snowmass Village offers a challenging snowshoe in the winter, hiking and biking in the summer, with fine views across Snowmass Village, the ski areas and surrounding mountains.
Rio Grande Trail Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Trail System A popular walking, skiing and snowshoeing trail, that follows the old Denver and Rio Grande Railroad bed along the Roaring Fork River.
Rocky Fork Trail Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail is fairly steep for the first half mile, then levels off to a gradual climb until it connects with Road #528.
Schofield Pass Four-Wheel Drive Road Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Schofield was an old mining town and is now a ghost town with a number of old building still standing. The first portion of the road passes through a narrow, steep canyon which contains a number of picturesque water falls.
Smuggler Mountain Road Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Smuggler Road is used heavily by mountain bikes, runners, hikers and their dogs. Smuggler Road provides a short (1-1/2 mile) work out with great views of Aspen, which makes it very popular.
Snowmass Cross-country Center Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Trail System The western hub of the Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Trail System. Located on the golf course, it has a retail shop, snack bar, restaurant, lessons, rentals and tours.
Taylor Pass Road Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This road climbs from the Taylor River Valley, over Taylor Pass, to the Castle Creek Valley, near Ashcroft. This road can be very rough at times, check at District Office before using.
Terminator Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Trail System An exciting trail for advanced cross-country skiers. Used to access the Owl Creek Trail.
Thompson Creek Four-Wheel Drive Road Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Thompson Creek Road provides access for many hiking and biking trails including the following: South Thompson, Lake Ridge Lakes, Mid Thompson, South Branch of Mid Thompson and Dexter Park. It passes through aspen groves and crosses many small streams.
Warren Lakes Road Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The portion of the road to Warren Lakes is very steep and not used as heavily. From Smuggler Road you can also access Hunter Creek, Van Horn Park, and Lenado.
Weller Lake Trail Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This is a moderate snowshoe or cross-country ski trip. Route finding skills may be required and winter backcountry survival skills are a must.
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