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History Hikes

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Discover the hidden history within the area’s classic hikes! From downtown to high above Independence Pass to Castle Creek, the series allows hikers of all levels to choose their adventure through time. Choose your favorite trail, or perhaps one you’ve never explored. Can’t decide? Join for them all!

  • July 20 - Aspen Mountain (Black) – Explore the once-rich silver deposits and the tailings that remain on Aspen’s eponymous hill, a maze of tunnels, mines and mining remnants, on this hike that will ascend the 3,200 feet. Meet at Koch Lumber Park.
  • July 27 - Ashcroft Ghost Town (Blue) – Hear about the unique history of this once-thriving mining camp on a stroll through the ghost town’s many conserved buildings, situated among spectacular high alpine meadows. Meet at the Ashcroft parking lot.
  • August 10 - Green Mountain (Black) – Adventure over the streams and through the woods to Independence’s lesser-known and secluded sister ghost town, home to several old miners’ cabins and the leftovers of a once-bustling mining operation. Meet at the Farwell Mill parking lot, mile 56.5 on Highway 82 up Independence Pass.
  • August 17 - Independence Ghost Town (Blue)Experience what remains of the first mining settlement in the Roaring Fork Valley and the 1880s gold rush of Independence on a walk through the ghost town, located at the base of the Continental Divide on Independence Pass. Meet at Independence Ghost Town parking lot.
Various Locations
Location Address: 
Aspen, CO 81611
Admission Price: 
$10/Free for Lixiviator Members


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