There are lots of hiking trails in Basalt. “Most Popular” doesn’t always mean best, but it does mean these are the trails people are hiking a lot. Here are 5 of the most popular hiking trails in Basalt:
1. Arbaney Kittle Trail
The Arbaney Kittle Trail is the local’s go-to for a tough uphill workout. Climbing up to the Fryingpan Overlook is a difficult and rewarding challenge.
2. Basalt High School Trail
The Basalt High School Trail wraps around behind Basalt High School on the side of Light Hill. Though the trailhead isn’t well marked, the trail is obvious enough to follow with beautiful valley views in both directions.
3. Hillside Trail
Hillside Trail is a wonderful skirt on the edge of the Basalt State Wildlife Area overlooking Downtown Basalt. Stunning views of Mount Sopris dominate the backdrop of the little town below.
4. Crown Mountain River Trail
The Crown Mountain River Trail isn’t well marked and doesn’t have one specific trailhead. Behind Crown Mountain Park a network of trails winds alongside the Roaring Fork River. It’s a wonderful riverside escape.
5. Ruedi Trail
Ruedi Trail is an escape into the forest above Ruedi Reservoir. The trip to the trailhead traveling up Frying Pan Road might be more beautiful than the actual trail.