Hiking the River Run Trail near Aspen

Hiking River Run Trail near Aspen, Colorado
Hiking River Run Trail near Aspen, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

The River Run trail is a beautiful, easy hike within 15 minutes of downtown Aspen.

River Run Trail: Getting there

Ashcroft, Hiking River Run Trail near Aspen, Colorado
Ashcroft, River Run Trail near Aspen
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

From the roundabout west of Aspen, take Castle Creek Rd 11 miles up to the Ashcroft ghost town.

Park at Ashcroft.  Donations are expected to pass through/visit Ashcroft & dogs are not allowed in Ashcroft.

River Run Trail: The hike

Hiking River Run Trail near Aspen, Colorado
Hiking River Run Trail near Aspen, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

After passing through Ashcroft, the River Run trail begins and runs next to Castle Creek.

Hiking River Run Trail near Aspen, Colorado
Hiking River Run Trail near Aspen, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

After about a mile following the water, the trail veers slightly to the right and meanders through a meadow with gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains.

Hiking River Run Trail near Aspen, Colorado
Hiking River Run Trail near Aspen, Colorado
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

At about 1 1/2 miles, you reach the Pine Creek Cookhouse (across the road on the right), serving gourmet mountain eats, or a turn around point for about a 3 mile roundtrip hike.

Pine Creek Cookhouse, Aspen, Colorado
Pine Creek Cookhouse, Aspen, Colorado
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media

Additional Aspen, Colorado hikes

Aspen hiking overview
Meadows Trail
Rio Grande Trail
Richmond Ridge
Smuggler Mountain
Hunter Creek Trail
Maroon Bells Maroon Lake Scenic Loop
Maroon Bells Crater Lake

River Run Trail: Photos

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