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Address: Aspen, CO
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This excellent hiking area outside Aspen is ideal for beginners and those...

This excellent hiking area outside Aspen is ideal for beginners and those who enjoy easier trails.

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Awesome Lake Trail

Cathedral Lake trail is awesome. Get there early because parking fills up fast. The trail is a great workout. It starts with switchbacks but eases up for a good breather at points... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Hewitt
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cathedral Lake trail is awesome. Get there early because parking fills up fast. The trail is a great workout. It starts with switchbacks but eases up for a good breather at points on the hike.

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Aspen, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

Great trail with a happy end ! About 2 hours, consistent uphill ( moderate ), and a strong switchback before getting to the lake. Overall, you do not need to be an expert ; the lake is beautiful. D o not drink the water, though..very important : that water has giardia in it.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

This lake is gorgeous - like a postcard. The hike is rather easy, but since it's a significant elevation change, be ready. There are tons of little things to see from the wildflower fields, the waterfalls and all of the animal life that's around. We didn't make it to electric pass, but it was such a great fun day. And... More 

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WorldWide
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180 reviews
89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2016

One of my favorite hikes in the Aspen area. From my experience, its not very heavily trafficked. The icy mountain lake at the top was a sweet payoff for me and my dog. We both loved it.

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Houston, Texas
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60 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

This is one of the hardest hikes we have done so far but we would definitely do it again , and again, if and when we come back to Aspen. We did this hike on our last day which I/m glad as it would have been a bit hard coming from sea level to undertake on the first day we... More 

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Delray Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

A lovely trail but long with a lot of uphill. The trail ends at a lovely lake but make sure you check the weather before starting this trail. Poles might be needed for some, lots of water and sun protection needed. A really good workout, not for the lighthearted hiker.

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Denver, Colorado
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I took a fall hike with my dog a few weeks ago, to Cathedral Lake. The trail head is easy to find when you take the Castle Creek road just past the mining town site of Ashcroft. There are a couple steeper switch backs near the end of the trail, but otherwise, the climb felt fairly gradual. The fall colors... More 

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28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015 via mobile

Wow, what an amazing hike this is. You get a rushing river, waterfalls, amazing views, and a beautiful lake at the end. Trail reviews give this hike a medium rating, but for the average person that doesn't hike a lot I'd say it's more like medium-difficult. But worth it! Descriptions mention some difficult switchbacks but they actually weren't that bad.... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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161 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

This is a beautiful but steep climb up thru pines and aspens plus a lot of the upper part of the hike is over an old rock slide.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

This is one of the most spectacular hikes in the Aspen area. Given the altitude - you start at nearly 10,000' - it is not for the faint of heart. Only Smuggler's is more challenging. The views on this hike are superior

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