A hike to Maroon and Crater lakes at the Maroon Bells
Anthony Ruzzitto, owner of The Sports Center, is a Buttermilk fan. More challenging than your typical hike and a great way to escape the crowded trails that get busy during the summer, Buttermilk offers peace of mind and the occasional wildlife sighting as you hike among the wildflowers.
Conundrum Hot Springs
Kenny and Robin Smith, owners of Meridian Jewelers, enjoy hiking together. The spectacular Conundrum is this Aspen couple’s favorite hike for several reasons, including the rewarding hot springs at the top (the highest natural hot springs in North America) and the gorgeous Rocky Mountains. It’s also the site of one of their first dates.
Aimee Oates, wife of famed musician John Oates, takes to the winding roads at the base of Larkspur, perched just above Lenado. It’s surrounded by the majestic Elk Mountain Range, with incredible views extending from Independence Pass to Mount Sopris, and the wildflowers are breathtaking.
Tony DiLucia, general manager of Hotel Jerome, has a busy schedule but still manages to sneak in a quick hike up Smuggler. A great hike with beautiful views overlooking Aspen and the surrounding ski mountains, Smuggler is a mainstay among locals and leads to the gorgeous Hunter Creek Valley.
Jenny Shepherd, fitness and wellness expert, and owner of Flow Life, incorporates time outside into her daily routine. One of her go-to hikes is Sunnyside. As its name implies, the sun-drenched trail is a challenging path that offers incredible views of the Roaring Fork Valley, including Buttermilk and Snowmass. Water holes along the path for your pup to enjoy a quick dip are an added bonus.
Local athlete and philanthropist Anna Hansen, partner to Lance Armstrong, hits the beautiful Ute Trail to get in a great workout. Located just outside the downtown core, the Ute is close to home and is Aspen’s favorite lung-buster. The steep, narrow track is full of challenging switchbacks, with a rewarding view of town from the top.
Windstar Land Conservancy Hike
Seth Sachson, executive director of the Aspen Animal Shelter, is an avid outdoorsman. His favorite hiking spot is Windstar, a protected habitat in Old Snowmass founded by John Denver. At this sanctuary, he escapes into the beauty of the wilderness and connects with nature in his own backyard. The views don’t hurt, either.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEREMY SWANSON