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5 Favorite Trails for Early Morning Hikes

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

By Rebecca Cole June 4, 2018 Published in the Summer 2018 issue of Aspen Sojourner

Begin your day with a hike among aspens.

 Five Aspenites share their top picks: 

“I take the LITTLE CLOUD and AJAX TRAILS from the west, going across Shadow Mountain to Gondola Plaza. The hike offers a bird’s-eye view of town.”

–Lucy Lea Tucker, public relations and brand strategist


“My favorite is the HUNTER CREEK TRAIL to VERENA MALLORY PARK—the early morning is a quiet time when the trail is empty except for an oc­casional bear sauntering near the rushing creek.”

–Carolyn Sackariason, reporter, Aspen Times


“I hike the RIM TRAIL IN SNOWMASS to ar­rive at the yin-yang plat­form when the sun crests over the mountains and the sky turns pink for my own moment of zen.”

–Sara Stookey San­chez, public relations coordinator, Snowmass Tourism


“The HUNTER CREEK TRAIL LOOP to the LANI WHITE TRAIL is my go-to hike, offer­ing ample shade and glimpses of Ajax through the trees.”

—Kimbo Brown-Schirato, client services associate, Obermeyer Wood Invest­ment Counsel


“I hike the SUNNYSIDE TRAIL before sunup. It’s so peaceful, with stunning wildflowers and spectacular views of Aspen.”

—Carolyn Barabe, guest services director, Aspen Mountain

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