Trail Name: Weller Lake Trail
Location: South of Aspen, Colorado
Date: July 3, 2020
Time at the Trail Head: 6:00 am
Trail Length: 1.0 miles
Elevation Gain: 229 feet
Elev. at Trail Head: 9,330 feet
# of Hikers Passed: 6
# of Mnt. Bikers Passed: 0
# of Horses Passed: 0
The research for the Weller Lake Trails was fast and furious, because we wanted to hike up in the Maroon Bells Wilderness Area, but found out we needed reservations in advance. We pulled over at a park in Aspen and did a quick search on AllTrails and found the Weller Lake Trail just south of Aspen, Colorado.
This was an easy trail but it was a way to get out on a trail early and not lose a beautiful day in the Rocky Mountains. It was too short for me but it was still a gorgeous hike.
Drive to the Trail
A lot of great trails are located west of Denver and the drive will take you down the beautiful I-70 corridor. We usually don’t get to see this area as we are driving in the dark, in the early morning, as we love getting to the trailhead at sunrise.
The sky had just started to lighten up as we reached Glenwood Springs and headed south on highway 82. It had been around 30 years since I had been through this area. I don’t remember much of it from the past, but it is a gorgeous drive and we will be heading back in September or October to hike in the Maroon Bells Wilderness Area, hopefully when the Aspens are turning yellow.
The town of Aspen was still a sleepy town as we passed through around 5:30 am, but we will be back in the fall and we’ll plan on spending more time there after we finish our hike.
We headed up to the Weller Lake Trail and passed through some gorgeous mountain scenery before we reached the trail and after the trail as we headed south to Buena Vista.
I love going on hikes, but I love almost as much, the incredible scenery we pass through on the way to or from the trail.
My Day on the Trail
As soon as we got out of the truck at the trailhead, we could hear the roar of a large creek or river below us. What we heard is appropriately called the “Roaring Fork River.”
We headed to the start of the trail and immediately, there is a foot bridge crossing this gorgeous river.
This river is spectacular and even more so as the snow melt is flowing off the mountain quickly in early July.
The Weller Lake Trail is only 8 miles from Aspen so this an easy trail to get to for a short hike. It’s a short hike that anyone can do even with no real hiking gear. The trail is well maintained and there are a few creek crossings but there are bridges over each of them.
The photo above is near the trailhead, looking north along the Roaring Fork River.
The photo below is looking south up the river.
Here is another creek along the trail but is not one you will get wet in as you head up the trail.
It didn’t take long to reach Weller Lake and we were rewarded with some beautiful views of the lake and the surrounding mountains in the early morning light.
There is supposed to be a trail that heads to the right along the lake but it wasn’t obvious to us. We took some time to hang out at the lake and enjoy the sunrise and the birds singing.
The longer I live in Colorado, I have to remind myself to not take any of the scenery for granted. Sometimes I am tempted to think a particular area isn’t as grand as another, but then I stop and look around and I thank God for the blessings to live and play in the Rocky Mountains.
We started heading back down the trail and had some great views of the sun shining through the pine trees.
Of course, we had to stop and take a photo of Ranger when he decided to pose on the bridge. He is truly a great hiking buddy.
As I said, this is a short trail and we found ourselves back at the trailhead to quickly.
The sun was a little higher in the sky on our return trip and we were able to get some additional great photos down near the river.
The day was absolutely stunning, and even though we didn’t get to hike in the Maroon Bells Wilderness Area, we had incredible views of the river, creeks, Weller Lake and the surrounding mountains.
Even Ranger loved the hike, but he wasn’t worn out like he usually gets on a longer hike.
The entire day, from the drive to the trail, the hike itself and then a different drive home to the south of Aspen, Colorado, was a fantastic relaxing and gorgeous day in the Rocky Mountains.
I would highly recommend this trail if you’re visiting the Aspen area and want an easy and quick getaway hike. Check out the AllTrails app if you would like to find a longer trail that will test you more or give you greater views of the area.
You don’t need a lot of water or great hiking gear to visit Weller Lake, however, make sure to take some good bug spray with you during the summer, as you will encounter some blood sucking mesquites.
- Formulated with 25% DEET
- Repels mosquitoes that may carry the Zika, Dengue, or West Nile viruses
- Long-lasting protection from mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies, gnats, and chiggers
- Powder-dry formula—not oily or greasy
- Aerosol spray allows for easy application in a continuous sweeping motion
Check out this short video of the Weller Lake Trail on YouTube.
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