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“Difficult but worth it.”

Cathedral Lake Trail
Ranked #22 of 102 things to do in Aspen
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Owner description: This excellent hiking area outside Aspen is ideal for beginners and those who enjoy easier trails.
Los Angeles, California, United States
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Difficult but worth it.”
Reviewed July 27, 2012

I read other reviews of this hike and wanted to add my perspective. I am 49 years old and in decent (four hour marathon) shape, but not all-American shape and did this trail with my 19 year old son on the first day after flying in from sea level. We had tried to do this hike a few years ago but started out too late and got caught in a thunderstorm 3/4 of the way up. This time we started out at 8 am and made it to the lake in two hours with a few rest stops. Of note is that it also took about 2 hours to get down, as we were stopping to take photos and I was worried about slipping. We did not have particular trouble either way, but I would recommend hiking poles as there are some technical parts where they can prevent you from falling.

The lake is beautiful, with clear water. The other scenery at the top included rocky above-treeline peaks and alpine meadows. There were 8 switchbacks late in the trail that weren't as tough going up as going down. It did remind me of hiking up something equivalent to AMF or KT gully at snowmass.

Visited July 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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“Challenging with a great reward”
Reviewed July 6, 2012

A beautiful hike above Aspen. I would listen to the other reviewers about acclimating before attempting the hike. Plan on taking 2 to 2.5 hours to get to the lake. Make sure you have plenty of water. The total experience is about 4 hours round trip.

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chicago
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Spectacular - but tough.”
Reviewed July 5, 2012

Beautiful hike with a scenic lake at the top - fairly strenuous but can be done in 2.5 hours going at a moderate pace (we live at sea level and it was our 3rd day in Aspen). if you have energy left you can continue up to Electric Pass for remarkable vistas.

Visited July 2012
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Mt Zion,Illinois
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20 reviews
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed May 31, 2012

Loved the beauty of this drive.IT was kind of rustic and scenic just wished we had gone on up to the Ashcroft part of the road.

Visited May 2012
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Aspen
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70 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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“Another Lovely Hike”
Reviewed April 28, 2012

Don't miss it, you'll enjoy the hike and the scenery.

Visited July 2011
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