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A Great Summer Vacation Includes an Aspen Snowmass Wildflower Hike

Aspen Snowmass wildflower hikes

Image: Aspen Skiing Company

Aspen Snowmass hiking trails in the summer are bright and colorful with a wide variety of wildflowers. Whether or not you’re a flora enthusiast, you’ll enjoy these wilderness hikes.

Grizzly Lake Trail

Most Grizzly Lake hikers say that the effort demanded of this hike is worth it. Yes, Grizzly Lake Trail is steep, with a 2,000’ elevation gain over 3.75 miles. Though the moderate difficulty required to get to the lake, located at just over 12,500 feet, means that you’ll want to take breaks to catch your breath. Breaks give you the chance to slow down, and appreciate being in the wilderness. Plus, at about 2 miles in is an impressive wildflower meadow that is worth stopping to enjoy!

How to get to the trailhead

On Highway 82, drive 10 miles east of Aspen, in the direction of Independence Pass. Next, turn right at Lincoln Creek Road, located just after mile marker 51; follow this road for 6.3 miles. When you arrive at Grizzly Reservoir, stay left, and the trailhead is just up ahead in another 500 feet.

Round Trip Mileage: 7.5 miles
Trail Difficulty: Moderate
A Wildflower You’ll See on the Hike: Mountain Lupine

mountain lupine
Image: Mountain Lupine, Joel Trick / US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)

New York Creek Trail

Also along Lincoln Creek road is New York Creek Trail. This trail follows New York Creek up to the 12,290’ New York Creek Pass. On the hike, you’ll walk through a number of alpine meadows filled with wildflowers. New York Creek Trail ends at the top of the pass, which divides the White River and Gunnison National Forests. From the pass, there are spectacular 360° views of the surrounding mountains.

How to get to the trailhead

To get to New York Creek Trail, you’ll drive 10 miles east of Aspen, in the direction of Independence Pass on Highway 82. Turn right onto Lincoln Creek Road, just after mile marker 51. Drive another 3.3 miles, and on the right, you’ll be able to park, and start your hike!

Round Trip Mileage: 8 miles
Trail Difficulty: Moderate
A Wildflower You’ll See on the Hike: Indian Paintbrush

indian paintbrush

Image: Indian Paintbrush, Dcrjsr / Wikipedia

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