ElevationAscent: 1,501' 458 m
Descent: -1,501' -458 m
High: 9,333' 2,845 m
Low: 7,845' 2,391 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)
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“The best out-and-back run high above the valley floor to see stunning views of Aspen and the surrounding Elk Mountains.”— Seamus Crowley
Starting with a relatively low grade, the trail grows steeper soon after beginning and is then a long, steady zig-zag climb to the finish, with the exception of a flat traverse of about a quarter mile. Obvious directional signage is present along the entire trail. The beginning of the trail has slight Aspen tree coverage, transitioning into low brush. Most people run only as far as the small radio tower, which is a natural stopping point in a quiet Aspen grove, before returning to the trailhead.
From the trail, there are sweeping views from Independence Pass to all four of the Aspen/Snowmass ski mountains and the high peaks in between. Be sure to bring your camera along so that you can make all of your friends jealous.
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Land Manager: USFS - White River National Forest Office