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    Conundrum Creek Day Hike


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    The Conundrum Creek Day Hike is a fairly laid back and beautifully scenic adventure near Aspen, Colorado that will produce stunning views of the surrounding Elk Mountains. While out hiking the trail, you will follow along the banks of Conundrum Creek and enjoy the views of surrounding aspen groves, dramatic mountain peaks, and wildflower-strewn meadows. This hike can also be extended further along the creek if you are looking for a longer day out on the trails.

    Route Description for Conundrum Creek Day Hike

    Featuring some truly beautiful valley views that include the surrounding mountains, forests, and meadows, the Conundrum Creek Day Hike is an exceptional trail if you simply want to get outside to enjoy the natural beauty of the landscape near Aspen.

    Setting out from the trailhead, you will make your way to the southwest alongside the banks of Conundrum Creek. On your right, you will be flanked by the steep slopes of Highland Peak, and further south through the valley you will be able to spot Hunter Peak and Hayden Peak.

    As you continue along the trail and work your way through the valley, you will pass through stretches of woodland terrain and intermittent meadows, the former of which will sometimes obscure the creek from view, although you will still hear the trickling water close by. Eventually, you will exit the tree cover and arrive in a larger meadow with scenic views that marks the endpoint of the trail. For those who want a longer experience, you can always continue alongside the creek to the southwest for as long as you wish. After taking in the views, simply turn back and retrace your steps to return to the trailhead where you started.

    Getting to the Conundrum Creek Day Hike Trailhead

    The starting point for the Conundrum Creek Day Hike can be found at the Conundrum Trailhead, just 9.2 km south of Aspen on County Road 15B.

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