The Rim Trail, located right outside of Snowmass Resort, is a beautiful, is non-technical hiking loop featuring a smooth, meandering trail along a ridge-line and spectacular views of the surrounding Elk Mountain Range.
The Rim Trail, located right outside of Snowmass Resort, is a beautiful, is non-technical hiking loop featuring a smooth, meandering trail along a ridge-line and spectacular views of the surrounding Elk Mountain Range. Rim Trail is not considered to be a challenging hike, making it great trail for families and those who are less experienced hikers. The uphill climbs aren’t too steep.
What Makes It Great
Many Aspen hiking trails tend to be laborious in the uphill department, but Rim Trail is one of the few that is gentle on the lungs and legs. Additionally, there are limited rocky portions on Rim Trail, also unlike the majority of Aspen hikes.
Start at the Divide Drive apartment parking lot right off of Brush Creek Road. From there, you’ll begin your 700-vertical-foot climb up a couple switchbacks to the summit. This sounds daunting, but, again, the ascent isn’t too difficult, even for those who aren’t acclimated to the elevation. At the summit, take a left and climb for an extra 100 yards to a lookout platform and memorial altar which provides some of the best views of Snowmass and Mt. Daly. From there, your hike is namely downhill or flat with a couple of short uphill climbs.
The trail will take you to a road crossing. Here you can decide to end the hike or you can continue across the parking lot for a second climb. This second climb is steeper and more exposed than the first, but still easy enough.
The final portion of Rim trail traverses along a ridge-line, which offers unadulterated and unforgettable views, before dropping into serene aspen and sage meadows and ending up back at the Rodeo Parking Lot, where you can hop on the Snowmass Village bus back to your car.
In addition to providing a great, confidence-building hike, Rim Trail offers some of Snowmass’ best views of the mountains including the 13,300-foot Mt. Daly, Gore Range and Holy Cross Wilderness. Rim Trail sits atop a somewhat treeless ridge-line, so the views are truly unadulterated.
Who is Going to Love It
The easy to moderate climb make Rim Trail a confidence-building and fun experience for families with youngsters or those just starting to hike at Snowmass’ high elevation.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From downtown Aspen to Brush Creek Road, drive nine miles up Brush Creek Road to the upper reaches of Snowmass Village. Turn right onto Divide Road and park in the apartment building parking lot. You can also take the bus from downtown Aspen to Snowmass Mall and hop on one of the Snowmass Village busses to Divide Road The trailhead is located on the lefthand side of the apartment parking lot.