East of Aspen Bike Trail


Sawatch Range + Elk Mountains, Colorado

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East of Aspen Bike Trail


  • East of Aspen Trail.- East of Aspen Bike Trail
  • Wildlife viewing area on the boardwalk section.- East of Aspen Bike Trail
  • Typical scene along the East of Aspen Trail.- East of Aspen Bike Trail
  • Paraglider coming in for a landing.- East of Aspen Bike Trail
  • The North Star Preserve is a great place to see birds.- East of Aspen Bike Trail
  • Roaring Fork River.- East of Aspen Bike Trail
  • The Aspen end of the trail.- East of Aspen Bike Trail
  • The scenic East of Aspen Trail.- East of Aspen Bike Trail
  • Biking the scenic East of Aspen Trail.- East of Aspen Bike Trail
Overview + Weather
Mostly level. Nice views.
Popular with walkers and bikers.
Sawatch Range + Elk Mountains, CO
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
148.00 ft (45.11 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Trail difficulty: 
Total Distance: 
7.20 mi (11.59 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,888.00 ft (2,404.26 m)
Current Local Weather:
Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The East of Aspen Trail is a very popular walking and biking trail that follows the Roaring Fork River from town out to the Difficult Campground entrance for just over 3 miles.  Along the way, the trail passes some very nice conservation areas and offers great views of the hills on either side of the river.

The first portion closest to town is paved, but most of the trail is a nicely-maintained, wide dirt track. One section near the campground is a wooden boardwalk over the river wetlands. The North Star Preserve is a large area of wetlands and meadows that adjoins the East of Aspen Trail for much of its route.  This preserve houses a rare and unique great blue heron colony and at least six species of birds that nest on the ground. There are several side trails into this preserve for viewing wildlife. While dogs are allowed on the main trail, they are not allowed into the preserve. One area at the east edge of the North Star Preserve is used as a landing area for paragliders that take off from Bell Mountain and soar high above the river and valley, so morning travelers on this trail should keep an eye on the sky to spot their colorful chutes.

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