Connects: Capitol Creek Road (CR 9), Capitol Creek Trail, West Snowmass Trail, Hardscrabble Lake (10,140 ft), Williams Lake (10,820 ft), Avalanche Creek Trail
Old Snowmass, Carbondale, CO – Hard – 7 Miles – Hike, Run, Horseback Ride, Dog Friendly – Dirt
Hell Roaring Trail #1960 is a difficult trail you can hike, run, and horseback ride that is dog friendly. This is a 7 mile trail in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness with trailheads near Old Snowmass and Carbondale, CO.
Hell Roaring Trail (Old Snowmass Trailhead) to Hardscrabble Lake – 0.4 Miles
To get to the Old Snowmass side trailhead from Aspen, travel down valley on Highway 82 toward Old Snowmass. At the Conoco gas station and traffic light turn left onto Snowmass Creek Road. Follow the road to a 3 way intersection. Turn right onto Capitol Creek Road (CR 9). In 8 miles, you’ll pass the Capitol Creek Trailhead on the left in an open area. The rough road continues up 1.2 miles to another open area where the Hell Roaring Trailhead is located.
To get to the Carbondale side trailhead from Carbondale, travel toward Redstone on Highway 133 (West Elk Loop Scenic Byway). After about 9 miles, turn left onto Avalanche Creek Road (FSR #310). In 2.4 miles, you’ll come to the Avalanche Creek Trailhead. The Hell Roaring Trail intersection is located 2.5 miles up the Avalanche Creek Trail.
More information about Hell Roaring Trail can be found at:
White River National Forest – Hell Roaring Trail #1960 (Hiking)
Avalanche Creek Trailhead
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Old Snowmass Trailhead
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Didn’t see anyone else there today. What a wonderful trail. Walked from the Capitol Peak parking area. The trail stays on a ridge crest nearly the whole way. Great views of Capitol and eastward, spectacular wild flowers, minimal water though there was a small snowfield at the top. This trail is nearly straight and therefore quite steep. It makes a no nonsense ascent to the pass. There are trees almost all the way to the top, it’s pretty well protected if the weather deteriorates. I thought it was a blast.