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Address: Ashcroft Mountain, Aspen, CO 81611
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This excellent hiking area outside Aspen is ideal for beginners and those...

This excellent hiking area outside Aspen is ideal for beginners and those who enjoy easier trails.

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This was a steep hike and I thought my lungs were going to explode, but the destination made it all worth while. It wasn't hard to see why this is one of the more popular hikes... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a steep hike and I thought my lungs were going to explode, but the destination made it all worth while. It wasn't hard to see why this is one of the more popular hikes around Aspen

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

This was our alternative to visiting Maroon Bells (completely overrun due to leaf peeping); and what an amazing discovery. Be prepared - it isn't a hike for the feint of heart - lots of intense uphill, but totally worth it when you get to Cathedral Lake.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

You go up the road, almost to the end. That is How To Get to Cathedral Lake Trail. The trailhead is on the right. The trailhead road is rough. The hike is steep and up up up... 2000 ft elevation gain over almost 3 miles. It is a popular trail.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

We missed the entrance and started pear pass a mile or so down the road so we did about 3.5 miles before starting Cathedral which didn't help me at all. Hahaha At the end of the day we took 1.5 hours up and my hiking partner would've done it in an hour but I needed breaks. We did do the... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

This is a spectacular hike through trees (when turning color, the Aspens are to die for) and up switch backs. 2.8 mile hike which gains 2000 vertical feet, so you need to be ready for it, but it so totally worth it. The lake (see photo) is nestled up against the peaks and rising very steep side walls. REALLY WORTH... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

Cathedral Lake trail is awesome. Get there early because parking fills up fast. The trail is a great workout. It starts with switchbacks but eases up for a good breather at points on the hike.

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Aspen, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

Great trail with a happy end ! About 2 hours, consistent uphill ( moderate ), and a strong switchback before getting to the lake. Overall, you do not need to be an expert ; the lake is beautiful. D o not drink the water, though..very important : that water has giardia in it.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

This lake is gorgeous - like a postcard. The hike is rather easy, but since it's a significant elevation change, be ready. There are tons of little things to see from the wildflower fields, the waterfalls and all of the animal life that's around. We didn't make it to electric pass, but it was such a great fun day. And... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2016

One of my favorite hikes in the Aspen area. From my experience, its not very heavily trafficked. The icy mountain lake at the top was a sweet payoff for me and my dog. We both loved it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

This is one of the hardest hikes we have done so far but we would definitely do it again , and again, if and when we come back to Aspen. We did this hike on our last day which I/m glad as it would have been a bit hard coming from sea level to undertake on the first day we... More 

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