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Cathedral Lake Trail

Aspen, CO
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Ranked #15 of 59 attractions in Aspen
Type: Hiking Trails, Forests
Activities: Hiking
Description: This excellent hiking area outside Aspen is ideal for beginners and those who enjoy easier trails.
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Mexico City, Mexico
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90 reviews 90 reviews
26 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 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.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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135 reviews 135 reviews
22 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 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 top. A good few locals may overtake you but it is a definite must hike... More

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San Diego, California
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113 reviews 113 reviews
49 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 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.

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Snowmass Village, Colorado
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65 reviews 65 reviews
19 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 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 Creek Valley.) Have a beer at Pine Creek Tavern after the hike as a reward.

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Florida City, Florida
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99 reviews 99 reviews
8 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Being from Florida and elevation almost zero, I had a very slow go with this hike and the difficulty of the change in altitude and the consistent steepness. The hike starts out with moderate steepness, but progresses to where there is very little leveling off. The switchbacks had ice in areas and I was very happy that I had my... More

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Houston
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55 reviews 55 reviews
8 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

This is a great hike but beware the relative short distance does not fool you - it is the rise in elevation that starts immediately and does not stop. That will get you, particularly if you are not a local. But the views are gorgeous and the prize is Cathedral Lake at the end!! Allow plenty of time - at... More

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

As you've read by the other reviews this is a tough hike, especially if you're a flat lander. We live in Jacksonville, FL a mere 60 ft above sea level. We are still young, but I would not say extremely physically fit, we are in shape but not in the gym pumping iron or running marathons on the treadmills. So... More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

My husband and I hike all the time. Came to Aspen to hike. Decided on this hike because of the lake. It is a tough hike up to the lake but well worth it because of the beautiful lake.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Don't miss out. Hit electric pass at the end to get u over 13k. Beautiful!!!!! Leave yourself well over 3 hours if you are going to hit it all.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Exhausting hike with lots of side views. Getting to the lake feels like an accomplishment, the sound of the river/waterfalls was really relaxing. I can't wait to come back and do electric pass! The path is tough! And you will ascend at a rather rapid pace.

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