Located just 2.5 miles from downtown Aspen, the Red Butte Trail offers hikers a quick .6-mile jaunt. The Red Butte Trail climbings along Red Butte mountain, the red-hued mound that rises out of the western edges of Aspen.
Located just 2.5 miles from downtown Aspen, the Red Butte Trail offers hikers a quick .6-mile jaunt. The Red Butte Trail climbings along Red Butte mountain, the red-hued mound that rises out of the western edges of Aspen. The trail switchbacks quickly from the trailhead on Cemetery Lane and then follows the mound's ridge-line. As the trail ascends, the trail becomes rocky and loose and should be executed carefully.
What Makes It Great
From the summit, hikers can enjoy spectacular views of downtown Aspen to the east, the Aspen Golf Course below, and of course the surrounding mountains, especially the 14,000-foot Pyramid Peak and Mount Sopris, and downtown Aspen to the east.
The Red Butte Trail is the perfect option for a quick hike or for a longer hike if connected with the Rio Grande Trail, which is a couple minutes' walk down the hill from the Red Butte. Those hiking from downtown Aspen will hop on the Rio Grande trail from the U.S. Post Office and walk the two miles.
Who is Going to Love It
The Red Butte Trail is a great a place for couples looking to watch the sunset or even experience a full moon. Bring a bottle of wine to round-out the romantic experience.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From downtown Aspen, drive west on Highway 82. Cross over the Castle Creek Bridge and make a right onto Cemetery Lane. Drive down the hill and over the Stein Park Bridge and park in the Stein Park lot. From the lot, walk over the bridge along the pedestrian walk-way and up the hill for a couple minutes until you reach the Red Butte trailhead on the right. It will be shortly after Mountain View Drive.