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Difficult Creek Trail

Intermediate

Trail

3.2 mile 5.1 kilometer point to point
83% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,383' 422 m
Descent: -40' -12 m
High: 9,493' 2,893 m
Low: 8,133' 2,479 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)

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Trail shared by Nick Wilder

A pleasant trail along a creek, with good, but not amazing scenery by local standards.

Nick Wilder

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Runner Notes

With gentle grades (by Aspen standards anyways) and relatively smooth surfaces, this makes for a great run.

Description

From the campground, wander through the valley floor for a short bit before crossing the creek on an old bridge and enter the forest of mixed conifers and aspens. Make a couple steep climbs, but none are too long, and enjoy running next to the creek. You then turn away from the creek for a while and pass several large boulder formations and forest openings that afford views of the hills across the valley.

At around 2.2 miles, you rejoin the creek. The next quarter mile is the highlight of this run, as you pass beautiful pools and great spots for a picnic next to the creek.

The final stretch is quite level and wanders through the woods until you reach a flat area next to the creek and small clearing. There is an old USFS sign here, but nothing legible is left. The remains of four cabins are here, but they are hard to detect.

The trail continues but is unmaintained past this point. Many downed trees will make further progress slow and difficult.

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  3.7 from 3 votes

#19

in Aspen

#17081

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#19

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#1,442

in Colorado

#17,081

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Aspens near the start of Difficult Creek Trail
Sep 27, 2015 near Aspen, CO
Difficult Creek
Sep 27, 2015 near Aspen, CO
The aspens in fall glory!
Sep 27, 2015 near Aspen, CO
Cool boulders near Difficult Creek Trail
Sep 27, 2015 near Aspen, CO
Views towards Independence Pass.
Sep 27, 2015 near Aspen, CO
Rocks and aspens along Difficult Creek.
Sep 27, 2015 near Aspen, CO

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