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Hunter Creek Trailheads - Aspen

Hunter Creek Trailhead on Red Mountain
ELEVATION: 8,380 feet
Hutski.com map: Aspen
GPS: 13 343 858 E, 43 40 622 N
Huts accessed: Margy's, McNamara, Benedict
USGS 7.5 min map: Aspen
10TH MTN OFFICIAL MAP: Smuggler Mountain

Start in the town of Aspen. Drive Main Street (HWY 82) in Aspen to Mill Street (stoplight intersection near the center of town, next to the Hotel Jerome). Turn N on Mill and drive a short distance down a hill, then across a bridge over the Roaring Fork River (.25 miles).

Bear left after the bridge and follow the Red Mountain Road 1.2 miles to its second switchback. Just before the switchback, turn right and downhill on the Hunter Creek Road. Drive approximately .5 miles on Hunter Creek Road, then take a hard left on an unpaved driveway that leads up past a water tank 300 feet to a parking area. The actual trailhead is a few hundred yards farther along Hunter Creek Road, but this is the only parking.

You have several choices for foot travel to the actual trailhead. The simplest method is to walk back down the driveway to the Hunter Creek Road, turn left through two stone gate posts marked "Private," and follow the paved Hunter Creek Road 1/3 mile around a hairpin switchback to the well-signed Hunter Creek Trailhead on the right side of the road, just past the hairpin. Your other choice for foot travel is to follow a foot trail that traverses up the mountain from the parking area to the trailhead, finding this is more complex and is not recommended, especially with snowcover or icy mud that may make foot travel difficult.

Upper Hunter Creek Trailhead  in Hunter Creek Valley
Elevation: 8,400 feet
Hutski.com map: Aspen
GPS: 13 344 776 E, 43 41 244 N
Huts accessed: Margy's, McNamara, Benedict
USGS 7.5 min. MAP: Aspen
10TH Mountain Huts map: Smuggler Mountain

Parking here is limited to several vehicals and is usually full, as of 2007 signs indicate the parking is for senior citizens and hut users only.

As described above, drive N on Mill Street from Aspen and take the road up up Red Mountain. Instead of turning onto the driveway to the parking area, continue NE on the Hunter Creek Road through a pair of short stone pillars. Drive the road .7 mile to a 3-way intersection. Take a hard tight turn, and continue E .10 mile through two sharp switchbacks. Continue up the road following signs and avoiding private property, to eventually reach the well signed parking area in the Hunter Creek valley.

Be prepared to drop your gear here and return your car to the Hunter Creek Parking area. There are a total of four parking spaces. Two are designated parking spots for 10th Mountain Hut users. One is for senior citizens and the last is for handicap parking. If you do use one of the two 10th Mountain spots for overnight parking, you must leave a copy of your confirmation sheet on the dashboard of your car showing your hut use dates, otherwise your car will be towed. Four-wheel drive is recommended for winter access to this trailhead.

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