Lodgepole Loop Trail

Aspen Park, Colorado 80433

Lodgepole Loop Trail

Lodgepole Loop Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls of all ages! Welcome to the greatest show on earth! According to some Jefferson County lore, this hike’s history incorporates a little clowning around. Meyer Ranch Park owns some of the most appealing history in the state. Legend has it that in the 1880s, Meyer Ranch housed the animals from P. T. Barnum’s circus during the winter months. Today it is not uncommon to see any number of ungulates roaming the park, but to think we are only about a century late in witnessing circus animals in the foothills of Colorado is unique indeed! The hike itself is a brief jaunt into the woods near Aspen Park and Conifer. It’s a short but pleasant hike ideal for escaping the rigors of city life and enjoying refreshing woods and small dells brimming with wildflowers.

Easy elevation gain and some lazy switchbacks guide us through this relaxing hike. Aptly named, the area is abundant with healthy lodgepole pine interspersed with spruce, fir, and an occasional ponderosa. This environment is home for a number of birds and critters like mountain bluebirds, robins, Abert’s squirrels, foxes and coyotes, and deer and elk."

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"As you might guess, the forest that shades and protects this easy trail is primarily made up of lodgepole pines. The trees dominate the route, as little else grows beneath them. The thick canopy restricts light on the forest floor, which no doubt contributes to the relative dearth of understory. The pine needles comprise a soft, sound-muffling carpet, and the trees grow remarkably straight and close together, never achieving the size or grandeur of either the ponderosa or the blue spruce.

Still, the lodgepole forest is a magical place, calming in its sameness and its quiet. The trail also meanders through open ponderosa parklands and meadows thick with wildflowers, including the elusive columbine, which blooms in the damp gullies in late June and July."

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Trail Information

Aspen Park
Nearby City
1,508 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 hour
Year-round access, but best March through October
7,843 feet
Trailhead Elevation
8,942 feet
Top Elevation
Jefferson County Open Space
Local Contacts
USGS Conifer
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018