Little Cloud Trail Running

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Summary

Offering great views of downtown Aspen and a lovely jaunt through a pine forest and wildflower fields, the Little Cloud Trail is among Aspen's most accessible and shortest trail runs. Little Cloud begins from Midland Trail, a former railroad track that is now used for commuter bikers and walkers. Little Cloud is situated at the base of Shadow Mountain, the rocky, sharp ridgeline that juts out from Aspen Mountain on the western side of town.

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Leah Fielding

Distance

0.6 miles

There are options to connect to other trails and extend this hike.

Destination Distance From Downtown

6.0 miles

Difficulty

2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

0 hours

30-45 minutes

Seasonality

All Seasons

May require ice trekkers in the winter.

Dog Friendly

Yes

Fees Permits

No

Review

Intro

Offering great views of downtown Aspen and a lovely jaunt through a pine forest and wildflower fields, the Little Cloud Trail is among Aspen's most accessible and shortest trail runs. Little Cloud begins from Midland Trail, a former railroad track that is now used for commuter bikers and walkers. Little Cloud is situated at the base of Shadow Mountain, the rocky, sharp ridgeline that juts out from Aspen Mountain on the western side of town.

What Makes It Great

Situated in the southwest side of downtown Aspen, the Little Cloud Trail is easy to get to from just about anywhere in Aspen. 


Not only does the trail offer great views and gorgeous scenery, but it's also possible to modify the run and make it longer. Little Cloud intersects with lower Ajax Trail, so it's possible to do a loop. Many hikers will ascend on Little Cloud until the trail intersects with the Aspen Mountain resort and then turn around and descend down lower Ajax Trail to Koch Park and then retrace their steps back on Midland Avenue. It's also possible to continue running across Little Cloud on Aspen Mountain until the trail intersects again with Ajax and continue on as far as Ute Trail, if desired.If hiked together, Little Cloud to Ajax encompasses a little more than two miles, but separately, the entirety of Little Cloud offers trail runners 0.6 miles and the entirety of Ajax Trail offers hikers about 1.5 miles.It's important to note that the lower portion of Little Cloud features several challenging switchbacks, which is why many hikers choose to descend down lower Ajax Trail. If hiking in the winter, ice trekkers are recommended.

Who is Going to Love It

Trail runners on a time crunch will appreciate Little Cloud immensely, as it only takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

It's easy to park at the Koch Park lot and walk a two to three minutes west on Midland Avenue until you reach Little Cloud. There's also plenty of two-hour parking on Hopkins Avenue near the Little Cloud trailhead. 

Location

Little Cloud Trailhead

Aspen, CO, 81611
39.191055, -106.82789

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