safety first

Be Prepared to Hike in the High Country

Before setting out, read over these trail tips.

07/21/2020 By Manasseh Franklin Photography by Daniel Bayer

all together now

Family-Friendly Hikes

Whether because of their accessible length or level of challenge, these trails are great options for kids who like to explore.

07/21/2020 By Manasseh Franklin Photography by Daniel Bayer

top tarns

Hike to a High-Mountain Lake

At these unforgettable locations, the water glistens in the sunlight, small waves gently lap the shore, and trout ply the depths.

07/21/2020 By Manasseh Franklin Photography by Daniel Bayer

crowd sourced

Classic Aspen Hikes

These are some of the most popular routes, with good reason—just be prepared to share the trail with other enthusiasts.

07/21/2020 By Manasseh Franklin Photography by Daniel Bayer

Aim High

4 Ways to Ascend a Mountain Pass

This worthy goal rewards you with a view into another valley.

07/21/2020 By Manasseh Franklin Photography by Daniel Bayer

Round and Round

On Loop Hikes, New Vistas Unfold the Whole Way

Don’t want to see the same scenery twice? Set out on one of these routes, which circle back to your starting point.

07/21/2020 By Manasseh Franklin Photography by Daniel Bayer

Hiking Elevated

19 Great Hikes in the Roaring Fork Valley

High-mountain passes, alpine lakes, wildflower-strewn meadows, fragrant forests—the Aspen area offers adventurers all of this and more.

07/16/2020 By Manasseh Franklin Photography by Daniel Bayer

Perfect Getaway

Alternatives to Aspen's Most Popular Spots

Leave the throngs behind with one of these scenic stand-ins to our most-loved places.

07/02/2020 By Catherine Lutz

Field Notes

Hike of the Week: Chapman Lake Trail

This short hike in the upper Fryingpan Valley has a big payoff.

06/24/2020 By Aspen Sojourner Staff

Great Outdoors

Family Hiking Gear

Trail-worthy picks for hikers, big and little

07/23/2019 By Cindy Hirschfeld

Field Notes

Hike of the Week: Conundrum Creek Trail

Choose your distance on this gorgeous out-and-back route or hoof it all the way to the natural hot springs.

10/10/2018 By Aspen Sojourner Staff

Ultimate Weekend Outing

Hike from Aspen to Crested Butte

We guide you through the logistics; the hiking is up to you.

07/26/2018 By Todd Hartley

Get Dirty

A Pro Athlete's 5 Favorite Trails in the Roaring Fork Valley

Whether you like to run or hike, add Megan Kimmel's go-to trails to your summer bucket list.

07/10/2018 By Allison Pattillo

Where the Locals Go

5 Favorite Trails for Early Morning Hikes

Hit the trail first thing in the morning to beat the crowds and start the day right.

06/04/2018 By Rebecca Cole

Gear Box

Tecnica Introduces the First Heat-Moldable Hiking Boot

The Forge goes from box to custom fit in 20 minutes.

06/01/2018 By Cindy Hirschfeld

Take a Hike

Tackle a Three-Day Backpacking Adventure with a Little Help from New Friends

Swedish outdoor gear brand Fjällräven hosts its third Classic USA group trek near Leadville.

03/28/2018 By Cindy Hirschfeld

Field Notes

Hike of the Week: Lost Man Trail

There's still time to take in this traverse across two stunning valleys and a pair of high alpine lakes.

10/18/2017 By Aspen Sojourner Staff

Field Notes

Hike of the Week: North Fork Lake Creek Trail

Big views and relative solitude await hikers on the east side of Independence Pass.

09/13/2017 By Aspen Sojourner Staff

Field Notes

Hike of the Week: Aspen Mountain

A gondola ride down makes this mountain ascent a more attainable outing than you might expect.

08/30/2017 By Aspen Sojourner Staff

Field Notes

Hike of the Week: Cathedral Lake Trail

This popular outing to a high-alpine lake draws wildflower lovers and leaf peepers.

08/22/2017 By Aspen Sojourner Staff