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Amazing Fall Colors

Steep hike! Bring water! Beautiful colors and lake make the trail worth a visit. We started later... read more

Reviewed November 16, 2018
Denver, Colorado
Better of the two nearby hikes

Both this and American Lake are close by on the road to Ashcroft. The entrance is past the... read more

Reviewed August 4, 2018
Houston, Texas
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This excellent hiking area outside Aspen is ideal for beginners and those who enjoy easier trails.
Ashcroft Mountain, Aspen, CO 81611
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All reviews great hike steep switchback cutthroat trout strenuous hike start early live at sea level well worth the effort parking lot is rock formations pine creek cookhouse bring water fall colors maroon bells switchbacks feet miles altitude
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Reviewed November 16, 2018

Steep hike! Bring water! Beautiful colors and lake make the trail worth a visit. We started later in the afternoon and had to lake to ourselves. Lovely. For more details and pics visit etbtravelphotography blog

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 4, 2018

Both this and American Lake are close by on the road to Ashcroft. The entrance is past the American Lake parking lot just before the Pine creek cookhouse. The road to the parking lot is rutted and rocky- you don't need four wheel drive but...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile

It was a long, strenuous hike with a lot of switchbacks and rough terrain but the lake was pretty cool to go see. I wouldn't do the hike again unless I was on better shape but I liked the lake, the stream we got to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 2, 2018

Hikers beware this hike is steep and long, but it is worth it! You will have the opportunity to see many different kinds of terrain along this hike. The end of the hike is very steep but the magnificent view at the top of Cathedral...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 20, 2018

This hike appears to be a local favorite. An early morning start is recommended, as we met quite a few hikers in the late morning as we descended back to the car. Depending physical condition, it may be somewhat strenuous, especially in the upper section...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed October 30, 2017

This hike is great for all levels. There are great views of the Maroon Bells and also a nice waterfall. You are winding through woods in the beginning so you have sun cover. The last 1/4 of the hike is the steepest and sunny so...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed August 14, 2017 via mobile

This hike is gorgeous! The road to the parking lot is a little rocky and there were a few large puddles. You pass through several different types of landscapes. It was a steady incline with one hard set of switchbacks close to the lake. The...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed July 18, 2017

This was a beautiful hike! I live at sea level and had a difficult time getting to the lake. There were many times that I thought I would turn back. We even saw a bear in the distance. With quite a few rest stops I...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank yfarm
Reviewed July 11, 2017

What a terrific hike.............but beware if you are a flatlander as I am. Trailhead is at 9,900 feet and trail rises 2,000 feet, mostly over 2.5 miles. So even if you are in shape the altitude can be an issue, particularly on the last eight...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed July 6, 2017

This is a six-mile hike that takes you to a spectacular alpine lake at 11,900'. It is not a novice hike whatsoever--not because it is technical, but because it is physically demanding. There is very little flat terrain, so you are either ascending or descending...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Response from DogDoggie | Reviewed this property |
this year (2016)...i'd say yes...but it depends on the late season snow...which has been plentiful.