Hunter Creek Trail in Aspen, CO is a hiking, running, and mountain biking haven. A rocky dirt trail that goes alongside beautiful Hunter Creek to Hunter Valley where you find a mixture of trails of moderate grades.

 

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It’s a misty, cloudy day and everything is stunning green as we begin at one of several trailheads. We began in a residual area where we found a parking area then soon landed here where we lost the homes and headed into a dense forest.

 

 

Soon after beginning the trail, we are crossing a bridge with Hunter Creek thundering downstream below us. Extremely loud and so much water it was tantalizing as we stood there surprised, not expecting it.

 

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Now hiking up a fairly steep grade with Hunter Creek still thundering down beside us after crossing the bridge was a treat! It’s so gorgeous.

 

 

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Soon we came upon a road and crossed it to begin our hike in Hunter Valley and there found numerous trail signposts throughout at numerous intersections. Luckily there are map kiosks along the trail and we took a photo of one with our phone to find our way,

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We choose Lollipop Trail and headed up through a wildflower and aspen haven. One of those areas that feel magical and fairytale-like. Reaching a high point and looking down the valley floor we saw old buildings and later headed down to see them.

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I’ve been seeing mushrooms everywhere this summer season which is a new experience. These were 6″ across and so colorful among the green forest floor. All the rain we had this summer left Colorado’s high country in abundant flora!

 


 

 

Finding our way back to the Valley the hike becomes easy and flat as we wander about all the trails.

 

 

 

 

Finding the old remnants of metal buildings and imagining a home among this beautiful area which must have been harsh in winter. No signs to state what we were looking at.

 

 

This was a pleasurable hike, that offered so much. Forests, wildflowers, history, waterfalls, bridges in a fairy-like setting. Highly recommend it for trail running or wanting a simple day out hiking. With so many trail options you can make your own hike and have a fantastic day.

TIDBITS
North Hunter Creek – 8.9 miles

Rated: moderate

Lower Hunter Creek Trail 1.7 miles

Rated: easy

Running, MTB, hiking

Dog Friendly

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LOCATED

(this is where we started our hike) Drive north on Mill St. Veer left onto Red Mountain Rd for 1.1 miles to Hunter Creek Rd. Turn right and follow signs to the trailhead parking lot.

 

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