June 12, 2011
Most of this trail should be open by July, though expect snow on the ground and lots of slop this time of year until late summer. Aspen recently received a heavy snow and it may still be closed. I rode this in August in 2010 and it was a blast and a challenge. I recommend taking the ski lift up at Snomass and riding from Snomass to Aspen. There are some long beautiful downhills and some sweet, tight, serpentine singletrack through aspen and wildflowers. Except for some steep climbs over very rocky terrain in some sections, and some screaming downhills that throw down some lateral G's, there is nothing exceedingly technical about this trail...unless, of course, you go full throttle. Then it is easy to break your bike or your neck. This has to be one of the best singletracks in Colorado with the alpine vistas and sense of solitude in multi-colored meadows. FYI, you can buy a multi day summer ski pass in Snowmass village and rent a trail/all-mountain bike from several local bike shops for a reasonable fee (about $120/3 days). FYI...this is NOT a doubletrack trail.