Panorama on the Midway Pass hike in Aspen, Colorado
Panorama on the Midway Pass hike in Aspen, Colorado

Midway Pass hike

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Midway Pass hike

Distance: 7.2mi
Elevation: 1,657ft
Time: 3.5-5h

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This hike is a good way to avoid the crowds but still get a fantastic hiking experience. Heading up to Midway Pass does involve slightly more below-timberline-switchbacking than other hikes; however, the generally quiet views from the high alpine plateau are definitely a fair reward for the work.

Midway Pass hike Map

Getting there

From Aspen, head west on Colorado 82 for 13.4mi. Watch out for the trailhead on the left, directly across from the Lost man Campground.

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When to do

Late June through September

Backcountry Campsites

Yes, in the National Forest Wilderness

Toilets

No

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Low

Route Type

Out and back


Midway Pass
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Route Description for Midway Pass

Begin by heading west from the parking lot. Then, cross Lost Man creek along the Lost Man Loop Trail. On the other side of the creek, the trail will veer northeast again and begin climbing. Shortly, you will reach a signed junction where you will turn left towards Midway Pass.

After the junction, you will begin approximately 1.5mi of switchback climbing. Though somewhat dull, the trail is extremely well graded.

Finally, the trail will veer to the northwest and the tree coverage will get thinner and thinner until you exit the forest.

After exiting the dense trees, you will find yourself on a high alpine plateau, on the flank of an unnamed 13000ft peak. Contouring around to the west you will soon find yourself at a small alpine lake, a great spot for a break.

From this plateau looking across the valley you will be able to see into the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, including Grizzly Peak, Independence Mountain and Green Mountain.

From here the trail will veer to the northwest, and you will climb to the highest point of the trail. After that, the path will start descending, contouring around the side of the mountain. Looking across the valley, an impressive, nameless mountain will fill your horizon. You will finally arrive at Midway Pass, which is your turnaround point for the hike. After reveling in your sense of accomplishment, take the path back the way you came.

Insider Hints

  • Watch out for afternoon thunderstorms, since so much of this hike is so far above the tree line!

Comments

Sofia L. 3 years ago

The entire route was great, but not advisable for everyone. It was really quiet, and this is perfect if you don't like crowded places.

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Irish L. 3 years ago

It was a nice moderate hike to the top. The views on the entire way were fantastic. I just couldn't have enough of the peaceful and quiet trail.

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Ruel Z. 3 years ago

Lovely hike. The scenery was very compelling. The trail was well kept, and the surroundings were clean.

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Earl M. 3 years ago

The wilderness is a sight to behold. A nice trail for nature lovers. The quiet view of the alpine is what makes it more relaxing.

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Jay Adams 3 years ago

A fantastic hiking experience for us. The relaxing view of the forest is what makes it really awesome. Took lots of photos.

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Jethro P. 3 years ago

The view of the alpine plateau is really breathtaking. A moderate hike for experienced hikers.

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Jasper Herrera 3 years ago

Lots of amazing views from the plateau. The overlooking scenery was jaw-dropping!

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Em L. 3 years ago

This hike is fantastic and well worth exploring.

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Wyatt Thomas 3 years ago

Midway pass was a really nice walk through the woods without the crowds.

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1Sarah1 3 years ago

Midway pass was a very memorable hike. We had a wonderful day out

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