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Cathedral Lake Trail

Aspen, CO
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Ranked #16 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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London, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
23 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Not that hard really (I'm 64) Started early. I left at 8:15 and had the trail to myself for two hours. After half an hour at the lake I was back at the car by 12:15. The lake is surrounded by craggy mountains and it is awesome rather than picturesque. An early start means that you will get some good... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

A superb hike that will give you a workout, and if you have the stamina, Electric Pass offers a spectacular view. Drink lots of liquids.

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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61 reviews 61 reviews
4 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

A very pretty trail and my fly fishing husband was very happy with the large, colorful cutthroat that he caught and released. We were very surprised to find such large fish (14 and 18 inches) in such a high altitude lake!

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Mexico City, Mexico
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93 reviews 93 reviews
26 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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142 reviews 142 reviews
23 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 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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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
28 helpful votes 28 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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150 helpful votes 150 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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11 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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