Let the Leaf Peeping Begin!
The Official Guide to Our Favorite Fall Hikes
Take a look at our favorite fall hikes this year below. Whether it's a small family hike or a big mountain hike - don't forget to grab a juice on your way up and stay hydrated, energized and fueled!
Beginner: Nature Trail
Accessed from Parking Lot 8 in Snowmass Village, Nature Trail is a short, fun trail perfect for beginners or families with young kids. You will catch views of pines and plenty of beautiful golden Aspen leaves to peep. Fun fact about this hike, it connects to the Sleigh Ride Trail and Ditch Trail so if you are looking to extend the hike - Nature Trail is only 1.5 miles round trip - then go right at the gravel Sleigh Ride Trail.
Moderate: Mushroom Rock
Carbondale locals can vouch that Mushroom Rock is a go-to for any time of the year! This hike is on Red Hill across from the highway entrance to Carbondale and is packed full of absolutely stunning views of Carbondale, Mt. Sopris and the whole valley. There are some steep, rocky spots spots that make this short 2 mile round trip hike a perfect workout.
Difficult: Savage Lakes
Sitting at a higher elevation as a 3-4 mile round trip hike, Savage Lakes Trail takes you through Holy Cross Wilderness pine forest, boulder strewn areas, a cascading creek, numerous small waterfalls, meadows, and eventually two beautiful glacier lakes tucked into the top of the mountain. Lower Savage Lake comes first and provides an excellent picnic area before turning back. Upper Savage Lake requires some climbing to get to but is worth the view.