5 Ski Town Hikes To Help You Survive Mud Season

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Smuggler Mountain Trail At Aspen, Colorado

Smuggler Mountain trail is actually a wide dirt road and is one of the most popular recreation areas in Aspen. The 1.5-mile trail is accessible right from downtown Aspen, and offers a great short workout with manageable elevation gain (1,050 feet) and amazing views over the valley. It’s possible to continue past the observation point at the top and link up with trails heading out toward Warren Lakes for a more ambitious hike.

Tunnel Creek at Incline Village, Nevada

The Tunnel Creek trail on the quieter east shore of Lake Tahoe offers unparalleled views of Crystal Bay and the coastline. The trailhead is just south of Incline Village on Highway 28 at Tunnel Creek Station. The picturesque trail ascends for 2.5 miles with 1,500-feet of elevation gain, eventually intersecting with the (optional) turnaround at the Flume trailhead. Tahoe locals actually prefer early spring hiking for the seclusion offered before the upper mountain bike trails open with the later thaw.

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