The Best Backpacking in Aspen

Looking for the best backpacking in Aspen? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Aspen. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Aspen

  • Aspen, Colorado

    Ski to McNamara Hut

    5.0
    6.2 mi / 2200 ft gain
    McNamara hut sits in the national forest on the slope of Bald Knob, with easy access to intermediate backcountry skiing and more challenging terrain further away. Built in 1982, it's one of the original huts in the 10th Mountain Division system along with Margy's Hut. The hut comes stocked with...
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Sunnyside Trail

    11.2 mi / 2707 ft gain
    Sunnyside Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Aspen, Colorado.
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Government Trail

    19.69 mi / 4026 ft gain
    Government Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Aspen, Colorado.
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Camp on the Backside of Buttermilk Mountain

    4 mi / 2000 ft gain
    Park at the Buttermilk Ski Area parking lot and begin your hike up the mountain at the bottom of the Summit Express chair lift. Follow the 4x4 dirt road the entire way up Buttermilk. There are other small hiking trails that you can follow too, and with the entire mountain being a ski area, it's s...
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  • Snowmass, Colorado

    Woody Creek and Hunter Creek Trail

    16.69 mi / 3028 ft gain
    Woody Creek and Hunter Creek Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Aspen, Colorado.
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Backpack to Conundrum Hot Springs

    4.3
    18 mi / 2500 ft gain
    After picking up your required overnight permit, start your morning with a coffee in Aspen, then drive out 15 min to the trailhead at the end of Conundrum Creek road. The trail is a straight shot 9 miles up the valley, through expansive meadows and an always incredible view of the mountains and ...
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Conundrum Hot Springs and Peak Trail

    21.22 mi / 5860 ft gain
    Conundrum Hot Springs and Peak Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a hot springs located near Aspen, Colorado.
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Conundrum Creek Trail to Conundrum Hot Springs

    16.78 mi / 2717 ft gain
    Conundrum Creek Trail to Conundrum Hot Springs is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Aspen, Colorado.
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    East Maroon Trail to Copper Basin

    20.65 mi / 4045 ft gain
    East Maroon Trail to Copper Basin is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Aspen, Colorado.
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Backpack the Four Pass Loop in the Maroon Bells

    4.8
    27.1 mi / 8000 ft gain
    *A landscape-changing avalanche event has impacted Maroon Creek Road. The event occurred in early March during an active avalanche cycle across the Colorado mountains.  Maroon Creek Road will have a delayed opening this season while Pitkin County and Forest Service crews work to remove avalanche ...
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Explore the Maroon Bells & Snowmass Wilderness

    5.0
    The beautiful and iconic Maroon Bells-Snowmass wilderness is home to some of the most amazing scenery and adventures to be had in all of Colorado. It is world famous for the Maroon Bells, two challenging 14ers just outside of Aspen Colorado. The third 14er, Pyramid Peak is also considered a class...
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Hike to Crater Lake

    4.5
    3.6 mi / 500 ft gain
    The crater lake trail begins at Maroon Lake and quickly breaks off from the scenic trail at .3 miles. Be sure to follow the signs to crater lake, which will be heading higher into the valley. The trail passes through a beautiful Aspen grove most of the way with wonderful views of 14ers, the Maroo...
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Relax at Maroon Lake

    4.9
    The Maroon Bells are known around the world for being some of the most iconic, beautiful mountains in all of the United States. Even if you haven't heard of them, there's a chance you've seen them. And if you've seen them in person, it's likely you were there with 800+ of your closest friends.If ...
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Backpack to Snowmass Lake

    4.3
    16.6 mi / 2500 ft gain
    For the adventurous backpacker looking to get backcountry in central Colorado, the stunning beauty of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness cannot be beat. While the Maroon Bells just outside of Aspen might be the most photographed mountains on North America, the beauty is definitely rivaled by Sn...
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Backpack to Snowmass Creek in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness

    13 mi
    For beginner backpackers or just those who can't take off 3-4 days to do the Four Pass Loop, there's still options near the iconic Maroon Bells.  If you are planning to do an overnight at the Bells, you need to get there early or late - before 7:30 am or after 5 pm. The overnight lot fills quickl...
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    The Maroon Bells Traverse

    14 mi / 5000 ft gain
    I do not want to encourage those who are not capable mentally or physically to go on this hike, that is how accidents happen. Confidence is a must. This route is loose, long, chossy and complicated. The exposure and shear milage covered make for a heck of a day! That being said, I suggest you do ...
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