Hunter Creek Overlook

Pitkin County, Colorado

Elevation Gain376ft
Trailhead Elevation9,665ft
Elevation Min/Max9430/9674ft
Elevation Start/End9665/9668ft

Hunter Creek Overlook

Hunter Creek Overlook is a hiking and biking trail in Pitkin County, Colorado. It is within White River National Forest. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 9,665 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 376 feet. The Homestead Mine (elevation 9,446 feet) quarry can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Van Horn Park and Fs130.

Hunter Creek Overlook Professional Reviews and Guides

"Highlights: A great ride with a lot of variety and access to miles of biking trails. There is a great singletrack section and a fun, fast downhill back to town. Tread: 2.6 miles on singletrack; 3.0 miles on doubletrack; 2 miles on paved roads."

"Rollicking Hunter Creek is the centerpiece of this hike. The path runs through dense riparian forest near the creek’s confluence with the Roaring Fork; as the trail gets steeper and more invigorating, so does the creek, splashing joyfully under scenic bridges and over polished rocks. Pick any bridge along the route as a rest stop; each also offers a perfect turning point.

To begin, walk past the condos into the riparian zone. Pass the trail sign and cross a series of boardwalks and two small bridges. As you proceed, Hunter Creek grows more raucous.
Climb through oversized river cobbles to the first major bridge at about 0.3 mile. The trail continues to climb, and crosses yet another boardwalk, then crosses a bridge over a ditch."

Hunter Creek Overlook Reviews

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All I can say is WOW! This is one of the most scenic and beautiful trails I have ever been on. The majority of the trail is right along the river, walking amongst the aspen trees. If you are in Aspen, do yourself a favour, and visit this amazing spot!
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If you are looking for a easy hike near Aspen, this one is great. We traversed Hunter Creek several times with excellent views. There are also enormous local houses along the first part of the trail. We went in late April, so it was not crowded.

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Trail Information

Pitkin County
Nearby City
White River National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Aspen; National Geographic / Trails Illustrated Aspen and Independence Pass; Aspen, Crested Butte and Gunnison Recreation Topo Map by Latitude 40
Local Maps

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Nov 2018