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Sunnyside–Radio Tower

 4.5 (2)

Length


4.8 Miles 7.7 Kilometers


1,501' 458 m

Ascent

-1,501' -458 m

Descent

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

9,333' 2,845 m

High

7,845' 2,391 m

Low

Shared By Seamus Crowley

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The best out-and-back hike high above the valley floor to see stunning views of Aspen and the surrounding Elk Mountains.

Seamus Crowley

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Views

No camping, no campfires.

Overview

A beautiful switchbacking hike up the face of Red Mountain, providing stellar views of the valley below and the surrounding peaks the entire way up.

Need to Know

Little to no shade is available on the trail, so be prepared for sun and heat. Follow all trail signs to avoid ending up on bandit trails or private property.

Description

The Sunnyside trailhead is directly off of McLain Flats Road, with a 10± vehicle parking lot on the opposite side of the road.

Starting with a relatively low grade, the trail grows steeper soon after beginning and is then a long, steady zig-zag climb to the finish, with the exception of a flat traverse of about a quarter mile. Obvious directional signage is present along the entire trail. The beginning of the trail has slight Aspen tree coverage, transitioning into low brush. Most people hike only as far as the small radio tower, which is a natural stopping point in a quiet Aspen grove, before returning to the trailhead.

From the trail, there are sweeping views from Independence Pass to all four of the Aspen/Snowmass ski mountains and the high peaks in between. Be sure to bring your camera along so that you can make all of your friends jealous.

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Oct 1, 2018
Sue Harmon
Jul 12, 2018
Nick Adeyi
Jun 30, 2018
John Albanese
Jun 24, 2018
Til T
Tower is in an Aspen grove which blocks any views. Continue up another 0.6 miles to an open area with fantastic views. 6mi
Jul 27, 2017
Samay Shah
Jul 1, 2017
Jeff Felder
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  4.5 from 2 votes

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