We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cathedral Lake Trail

Aspen, CO
Improve this listing
Ranked #11 of 58 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.
Write a Review

32 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
22 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Diego, California
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
36 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Snowmass Village, Colorado
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
19 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Florida City, Florida
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
8 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
8 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Saint Augustine, Florida
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Boca Raton, Florida
2 reviews
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cleveland, Ohio
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Like Crater Lake Trail. This is another winner. Great 3-4 hour workout. Need to be IN shape for this one. Unbelievable views, quiet, majestic. Bring a change of clothes, raingear, and gloves.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Cathedral Lake Trail also viewed


Been to Cathedral Lake Trail? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Cathedral Lake Trail, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing