American Lake Trail Hiking
This athletic 3.2-mile one-way, 2,000-vertical-foot climb leads adventurous hikers through forests and wildflower-dotted meadows to a gorgeous alpine lake. Starting from Aspen’s famous ghost town, Ashchroft, American Lake trail climbs steeply up switchbacks along a wooded gulch in the Devaney Creek valley for about 1.5 miles before reaching a spruce forest. The steady, steep uphill grade continues through the spruce grove until it reaches an old mining site where the trail opens up to an open meadow.
Destination Distance From Downtown
Time To Complete
Summer and Fall
On Leash Only