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Cathedral Lake Trail

Ashcroft Mountain, Aspen, CO 81611
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A great workout rewarded at the top by a storybook lake

Get ready for a workout as you assend to just shy of 12,000 feet. There are trout in the lake and... read more

Reviewed 27 July 2015
tom m
Boca Raton, Florida
Best hike in Aspen!!

This is the best hike in Aspen. There is parking at the trail head. It gets crowded but still... read more

Reviewed 25 June 2015
Greenwich, CT
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Ashcroft Mountain, Aspen, CO 81611
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Reviewed 27 July 2015

Get ready for a workout as you assend to just shy of 12,000 feet. There are trout in the lake and the water is Gin Clear. Try to start early as the rain and clouds typically come in by mid-afternoon. If you start later I...More

Thank tom m
Reviewed 25 June 2015

This is the best hike in Aspen. There is parking at the trail head. It gets crowded but still plenty of room. The hike can be a bit steep but there are plenty of stunning places to stop take photos and catch your breath. Bring...More

Thank skigirl5
Reviewed 23 November 2014

Great hike with an awesome lake at the end. Take plenty of water and i would highly recommend packing lunch. Beautiful views everywhere you look, make sure to take time to look around. no need for a high clearance vehicle, its a bumpy road to...More

1  Thank Scott N
Reviewed 27 September 2014

Not that hard really (I'm 64) Started early. I left at 8:15 and had the trail to myself for two hours. After half an hour at the lake I was back at the car by 12:15. The lake is surrounded by craggy mountains and it...More

3  Thank Jmcc150
Reviewed 6 September 2014

A superb hike that will give you a workout, and if you have the stamina, Electric Pass offers a spectacular view. Drink lots of liquids.

1  Thank MisterStark
Reviewed 5 September 2014

A very pretty trail and my fly fishing husband was very happy with the large, colorful cutthroat that he caught and released. We were very surprised to find such large fish (14 and 18 inches) in such a high altitude lake!

3  Thank swissmiss001
Reviewed 6 August 2014

Without a doubt, one of the most spectacular trails in Aspen. Its a tough-ish 1.5 to 2 hour uphill, but well worth the effort.

1  Thank Lisa H
Reviewed 28 July 2014

A testing but worthwhile hike from the railhead close to Ashcroft. Takes you through Aspen trees, pines, scrub, switchbacks and rock fields before reaching an amphitheatre of rock formations and crystal clear water. For the average hiker, it will take two hours to reach the...More

3  Thank James G
Reviewed 16 July 2014

I have hiked to Cathedral lake several times. It is a scenic trail that is fun to hike. Yes, there is a lake at the end.

2  Thank baltoro
Reviewed 21 November 2013

Very strenuous if you are not used to the altitude but do-able. About 3 miles up to the lake and another mile up to Electric Pass. Not far from Aspen town about a 20 minute scenic drive up past Ashcroft (great Ghost town up Castle...More

3  Thank Cougarcubkatie
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Christen S
Hi Katie, Did you go in April? A friend of mine are going to Aspen in May. Most of the trails say open June-September. would we be able to do these trails in May?
28 April 2016|
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are there snows on the trail in mid May?
26 April 2016|
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Response from DogDoggie | Reviewed this property |
this year (2016)...i'd say yes...but it depends on the late season snow...which has been plentiful.