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Cathedral Lake Trail

Aspen, CO
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Ranked #13 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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Snowmass Village, Colorado
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55 reviews 55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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92 reviews 92 reviews
7 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
31 helpful votes 31 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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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.

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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
6 helpful votes 6 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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Cleveland, Ohio
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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.

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Dallas, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Moderate hike that ends with a gorgeous view of Cathedral Lake. Challenging, but beautiful! Lots of people hiking the trail, but it is easy to find and get around.

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Snowmass, Colorado
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

The hike up to Cathedral Lake is a spectacular one, but not for the faint of heart. It's a rough and rocky trail that begins it's steep ascent almost immediately, and continues this way right up to the end. Don't let the short distance fool you (2.5 miles to the lake -- 5 miles round trip), it's the elevation gain... More

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