The surrounding Aspen area, from Maroon Bells to Independence Pass, offers many recreation opportunities and trails for summer hiking, mountain and road biking. Here are 10 suggestions. Some trails begin right in Aspen while others require a short drive to the trail head. When your in town, pick up the free Ute Scout: Mountain Hiking and Biking Guide for an easy-to-use information map of the area.
Aspen colorado hiking and bike information map

Trail Approx. time one way Total Miles
1. American Lake hiking 2.5 hr 6.4
2. Cathedral Lake HIKEr 2.75 hr 6.4
3. Linkin’s Lake hike .75 hr 2.4
4. Crater Lake hike 1.25 hr 3
5. Rio Grande Trail (post office to bridge) HIKE bike 1 hr 3
6. Weller Lake HIKE .75 hr 1.5
7. Government Trail bike 2 hr (Mtn Bike) 7.5 (one-way)
8. Smuggler Trail (to overlook) hike bike .75 hr 1.2
9. Hunter Creek (from town/smuggler) hike bike 1.5 hr 5.5-7.5
10. Ute Trail bike 1 hr 3