Leah Fielding

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  1. Independence Pass Climbing

    Aspen

    Independence Pass is one of the great alpine cragging venues in the world. Some of the sport routes are among some of Colorado's first rappel-bolted climbs, but the area features a mixed bag of traditional and sport climbing.

  2. Independence Pass Bouldering

    Aspen

    Nestled far enough away from the weekend crowds of Denver but only minutes outside of Aspen, Independence Pass is a bouldering jewel in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. The many glacially carved bouldering venues are situated on the highest paved pass in the state. Keep elevation in mind, if you're coming from lower land. The trails to the myriad of bouldering areas can be as short as parking amongst them to a 30-minute hike uphill. The vast majority bouldering areas are no more than a five minute hike along moderate to easy terrain.

  3. Owl Creek Cross Country Skiing

    Aspen

    This challenging, groomed Nordic trail, which runs from Aspen to Snowmass along the south side of the Owl Creek and Roaring Fork valleys, provides a great workout and incredible views of Independence Pass and Snowmass.

  4. North Star Preserve Cross-Country Skiing

    Aspen

    Winding among 175 acres of preserved Roaring Fork River wetlands, the North Star Nature Preserve cross-country trail offers an unforgettable Nordic experience.

  5. The 7 Biggest and Best Mountain Bike Trails in Aspen Snowmass

    Aspen

    Take your pick of the 7 biggest and best mountain bike trails in Aspen, including the Buttermilk Bowls loop and the new Sky Mountain Park.

  6. Catching Up With Centennial Peaks Skier Christy Mahon

    Aspen

    Along with her partners, Centennial Peaks skier Christy Mahon is a few peaks shy of summiting the top 100 highest peaks in Colorado.

  7. 5 Great Dog-Friendly Things to Do in Aspen During Late Winter

    Aspen

    Don't leave your four-legged friend at home; bring him along to these dog friendly things to do in Aspen that make for a great winter adventure.

  8. 6 Pro Tips For the Aspen Backcountry Marathon

    Aspen

    These pro tips for the Aspen Backcountry Marathon will help you conquer this notoriously challenging trail race, which starts at 8,000 feet.

  9. 15 Awesome Things To Do in Aspen in Spring

    Aspen

    Visiting Aspen in spring means you can take advantage of cheaper hotel rooms, great spring skiing, and end-of-winter parties.

  10. Top Spring Routes for Alpine Tours in Aspen

    Aspen

    When springtime hits, take to these routes for great alpine tours in Aspen, with a variety of options for all skill levels.

  11. American Lake Trail Hiking

    Aspen

    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.

  12. Cathedral Lake Hiking

    Aspen

    The hike to Cathedral Lake is ideal for the fitness-minded outdoor explorer. The 2,000-foot, 2.8-mile climb (5.6 miles roundtrip) is considered challenging, but the rewards from the high-alpine lake is worth every drop of sweat equity. The first leg of the hike climbs for .75 miles through a magical aspen forest before it enters the Maroon-Snowmass Wilderness. Soon after entering Wilderness land, the trail becomes steeper as it snakes alongside the cascading Pine Creek.

  13. Rim Trail Mountain Biking

    Aspen

    The Rim Trail, located right outside of Snowmass Resort, is a beautiful, is non-technical loop featuring fun, flowy single track and spectacular views of the surrounding Elk Mountain Range. This is great trail for beginner riders or anyone looking for a fun, not-too-challenging ride. The climbs are very rideable, and the descents are smooth and fast.

  14. Four Pass Loop

    Aspen

    Aspen is home to one of Colorado’s backpacking classics. The famed three-day to four-day 26-mile Four Pass Loop takes adventurous hikes through aspen groves, over four 12,400-plus-foot peaks and amongst pristine mountain lakes. In the summer months the aspen meadows are dotted with wild flowers are absolutely spectacular and, similarly, in the fall the aspen leaves are bright and striking.

  15. Sunnyside Trail

    Aspen

    Aspen’s Sunnyside Trail offers unobstructed views of the surrounding valley and peaks. Sunnyside enjoys a good deal of sun, hence its name, and offers exceptional sunsets, as the trail faces southwest.

  16. Maroon Bells and Crater Lake Hiking

    Aspen

    No trip to Aspen would be complete without visiting the Maroon Bells. Don't let the crowds deter you or the fact that you have to take a bus from Aspen Highlands Village mid-June through Labor Day (and on the weekends throughout September).

  17. Smuggler to Hunter Creek Mountain Biking

    Aspen

    If you were to ask a local Aspen mountain biker where to go mountain biking, they would tell you to head up “Smuggs” or Smuggler Mountain to Hunter Creek Valley trails. The Smuggler to Hunter Creek Valley is a well-traveled Aspen mountain biking route that provides opportunities for one-hour to five-hour rides, like Four Corners.

  18. Government Trail Hiking

    Aspen

    Aspen’s renowned 6.5-mile mountain biking trail, Government, also makes for an exceptional hike, especially in mid-September. Government runs from eastern flanks of Snowmass ski resort to the eastern, or Tiehack, side of Buttermilk ski resort

  19. Rim Trail Hiking

    Aspen

    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.

  20. Independence Pass Cross-Country Skiing

    Aspen

    Aspen’s famed Highway 82, which climbs over the 12,095-foot Independence Pass, closes for the winter months and provides Nordic skiers and snowshoers with an excellent opportunity enjoy the majestic, snow peaks that bookend the Roaring Fork Valley.

  21. 10th Mountain Division Huts - Aspen Area

    Aspen

    Aspen offers access to several of Colorado’s famous 10th Mountain Division Hut Association. Named for and dedicated to the soldiers who trained in the area for high-alpine combat in the Italian Alps during World War II, the 10th Mountain Division Hut system provides physically fit and experienced backcountry skiers and hikers, and six to 16 of their friends, with the opportunity to tour/skin, snowshoe and hike to these incredible, off-grid cabins.

  22. Braun and Friends Hut

    Aspen

    The Braun and Friends Huts are all situated around Aspen and are an associated sub-section of the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association. 10th Mountain Division Huts can be found throughout the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and are named for and dedicated to the soldiers who trained in the area for high-alpine combat in the Italian Alps during World War II.

  23. Maroon Creek Road Cross-Country Skiing

    Aspen

    Maroon Creek Road is a great venue for the intermediate to advanced cross-country skier looking for a long excursion and some of North America’s best views. Skiing the full six miles from T-Lazy 7 Ranch yields epic winter scenery of the Maroon Bells, one of the most photographed mountains in the country. Many skiers will even pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it at the Bells.

  24. Ute Trail Hiking

    Aspen

    The Ute Trail is not for the faint of heart. This steep, heavily used trail, located on the southeast side of Aspen ascends 700 feet in just .9 miles. Many Aspen locals hike up the Ute daily to stay in top physical condition.

  25. Red Butte Hiking

    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.