As August’s afternoon thunderstorms give way to September’s crisp, clear days, Aspen mountain bikers, hikers and trail runners rejoice. It begins with the brush turning shades of copper and auburn. By the second week of September, a handful of the town’s namesake trees fade to gold. And by the third or fourth week of the month, depending on the season’s weather, entire valleys of Aspens glow neon yellow. The best way to experience the phenomenon is on foot or bike.
Here are five hiking and biking trails in the Aspen area that truly shine when the fall foliage peaks.
Hike | Length: Approximately 6 miles
Hiking the 12 miles to Capital Lake and back makes for a long day hike, but linking Capitol Ditch Trail and Capitol Creek Trail in a loop