If you’re looking for the ultimate, most memorable summer hike, you’ve got to Hike Crested Butte to Aspen (or reverse). The distance between Crested Butte and Aspen is less than 11 miles by foot making this a great all day hike. Most will complete the hike within 6-10 hours, depending on one’s fitness level and of course, how many scenic stops you make along the way. The hike from Aspen to Crested Butte is considered More Strenuous while the hike from Crested Butte to Aspen is considered Strenuous so be sure to wear good footwear, bring lots of food and water and layer your clothing for whatever weather you might encounter along the way. In the early summer months hikers will catch the amazing wildflower season that Crested Butte, the “Wildflower Capital of Colorado”, is known for. Take in the breathtaking mountain vistas, beautiful surrounding lakes and aspen groves as you make your way past the the Maroon Bells, the most photographed mountains in all of North America. When you Hike Crested Butte to Aspen you may want to get a room in Aspen, freshen up, enjoy dinner and check out the Aspen night life. Then you can either turn around and do it all again the next day and hike back to Crested Butte or make arrangements for a shuttle back to Crested Butte. Another great option is to let the Nordic Inn in Crested Butte help plan your hike. The perfect Mt. Crested Butte base camp, the Nordic Inn offers lodging at either the beginning of your journey or the end and can arrange a scenic van tour back to Crested Butte from Aspen. Whatever your plans or timeframe, just be sure to be prepared and plan your journey ahead of time. Most of all, have fun!
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