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American Lake Trail, Aspen

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Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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  • It's about 6.5 miles roundtrip with 2000ft elevation change. It's like doing stairmaster the whole way up with amazing scenary. Bring at least 24oz of water each. Frigid but refreshing dip at the top.  more »
  • Great hike with beauty of a lake at the summit of the trail. A true gem this close to town. Very nice vistas and crystal clear water.  more »
  • Three of us, all 71 and physically active, walking, cycling, personal trainer...and it took us over 3.5 hours to reach the lake. We are from 350’ elevation near gulf coast, but have been in Colorado over a week so are fairly acclimated to the altitude. Coming down was fairly fast except our feet were burning. My Garmen watch obviously was not accurate b/c it had 4.12 miles up, and 3.4 down. Regardless others on the trail said they had recorded well over 6 miles round trip, which is what many of the trail descriptions said it was.
  • Great 3 hour hike outside of Aspen. Bring your fly rod because the trout in the lake are HUGE! The first part is a little steep so bring shoes with adequate traction, although I hiked in my Burkenstocks so that's an option too. The views are spectacular and the wildflowers are blooming!!

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