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Date Friday  7/30/2021
End Date Friday  7/30/2021
Group Roaring Fork
Event Title Electric Pass Saddle Hike
Start Time 8:00 AM
Status Approved
Leader Mary Wiener
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 4
Type Trip
Trip Type Hike
Pace Moderate
Classification Difficult BII
Trail Mileage 9
Elevation Gain 1900
Driving Distance 40

Location

Aspen, Castle Creek Road

4 hours from Denver



For more info Contact

Mary Wiener

303.818.9920

mary.wiener25@gmail.com



Details

The trail to Cathedral Lake and Electric Pass wastes no time gaining altitude. From the parking area the trail immediately starts climbing through beautiful groves of mature aspen. Soon the trail curves to the west and enters the Pine Creek Valley at an overlook with scenic views of the upper Castle Creek valley.



Once in the Pine Creek drainage the ascent steepens as the trail climbs above the north side of Pine Creek through aspen groves that give way to spruce/fir forest. Pine Creek rushes down the ever deepening gorge beside the trail. At 0.7 miles the trail passes a pretty waterfall along the creek.



Past the falls the trail continues its ascent on steep grades. Meadows and openings in the trees offer fine views of the rugged ridge rimming the south side of the valley. Be sure to turn around for nice views across the Castle Creek Valley.



We will not be scrambling the scree field to the actual pass but will stop at the saddle. It is gentle switchback up to the saddle above treeline. At any thunder or lightning the group will immediately turn around. There is reason it is called Electric Pass!




Notes

This hike is located 30 minutes outside of Aspen and thus 4 hours from Denver. Come visit for the weekend.




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