Hunter Valley Trail - Aspen, CO - A wonder day hike trail popular with bikers and joggers


Hunter Valley Trail in Aspen, Colorado is located along the lower reaches of Hunter Creek. The area was once scheduled to be turned into a ski resort, but to this day remains undeveloped. The Hunter Creek area is one of the most picturesque valleys in the entire state of Colorado, and is a favorite locale for hikers, bikers, and joggers. The valley was once a hotbed for prospectors in Colorado's early days as evidenced by the several abandoned mines and ruins that are scattered throughout.

The Hunter Valley Trail is also home to some popular fishing spots located within the middle region of Hunter Creek. The trail is located within the White River National Forest, and is a moderate trail. The peak elevation is 9,000 feet while the trailhead is 8,300 feet. The trail stretches a total of eight miles. The best time to visit the trail is from May through October.

Many people choose to link up to the trail from the Koch Ranch ruins, which connect to the upper portion of the trail. The Koch Ranch ruins were once home to a thriving ranch during the prospecting days of the Colorado territory.

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