Distance: 5.6 miles (round trip)
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, White River National Forest, near Aspen in Central Colorado
This popular day hike steeply ascends Pine Creek canyon traveling through forests and meadows to Cathedral Lake, a gorgeous alpine gem nestled in a dramatic cirque beneath rugged granite peaks.
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- Distance: 5.6 miles (round trip) to Cathedral Lake
- Elevation: 9,880-ft. at Trailhead
11,866-ft. at Cathedral Lake
- Elevation Gain: 1,986-ft. to Cathedral Lake
- Difficulty: strenuous
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Aspen / Central Colorado
Why Hike Cathedral Lake
Cathedral Lake is deservedly one of the most popular day hikes in the Aspen area. The stiff climb, ascending 2,000-ft. up beautiful Pine Creek canyon, traverses aspen groves, spruce-fir forests and pretty meadows on its way to Cathedral Lake, an alpine jewel cradled in a stunning cirque of jagged granite summits and rugged ridges, anchored by Cathedral Peak (13,943-ft.).
Hikers with the time and energy will want to extend the hike by climbing the challenging and steep trail to Electric Pass, a spectacular viewpoint on a high ridge running between Cathedral Peak and Peak 13635.
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