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The Drop-In: Ajax Trail

If you’re looking for an easy trail that offers up some stellar view of Aspen, a peek at the town’s mining history and winds through forest and under chairlifts, Ajax Trail is the right choice.

This 1.5-mile trail, wanders across Aspen Mountain and can be started at either Koch Lumber Park or picked up at the beginning of the Ute Trail (for “The Drop-In” we started at the Koch Lumber Park side).

But note that if you’re planning on hiking this, be aware of bears, we came across some semi-fresh bear droppings a few times along the way.

The Drop-In: Axes and Arms 9/11 Climb

We joined local area first responders who gathered in the parking lot adjacent to the Snowmass Rodeo on Sept. 11, 2019 for the fourth annual Axes and Arms 9/11 Climb.

The group of roughly 50 firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement and families met Wednesday evening to walk over 3 miles from the Town Park bus stop up to the Top of the Village, gaining 956 feet in elevation, which is the highest number of feet the New York responders who went into the first World Trade Center tower climbed on Sept. 11, 2001.

The Drop-In: Breathtaker Alpine Coaster summer 2019

When the Breathtaker Alpinen Coaster first opened above Elk Camp on Snowmass Ski Area in December 2017, we took Drop-In viewers for a ride in its first few week’s of operaiton. Now we thought it would be fun to check out the coaster in the summertime … enjoy the ride!

The Breathtaker is open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday through Sunday until October 6 (which is it’s last day of operation until the winter).

The Drop-In: 44th Snowmass Balloon Festival

The Drop-In: A hike to Thomas Lakes at the base of Mount Sopris

The hike to Thomas Lakes, tucked at the base of Mount Sopris, is a close to 8 mile out and back trail tucked in between Basalt and Carbondale. The trail is rated as moderate, primarily due to the length of the hike, although there are a few steeper sections.

When we hiked this for The Drop-In at the end of August, there were amazingly still an abundance of wildflowers along the trail, which winds through forest, aspen groves and meadows while providing some breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and the valley below.

The Drop-In: An evening on Grizzly Reservoir

Located a little more than 6 miles up Lincoln Creek Road on Independence Pass is Grizzly Reservoir (and surrounding campsites).

On this episode of The Drop-In, we hopped in a car and hauled our paddle boards up to spend the afternoon/evening on the turquoise blue water. Also, enjoy the bonus footage of some huge avalanche paths on Lincoln Creek Road that we passed through on the drive up.

The Drop-In: Evening fly-fishing on the Roaring Fork

The water level was low, the Roaring Fork River was clear but the fishing down in Woody Creek sure was slow.

We almost got skunked on this episode of The Drop-In, but luckily one member of our fly-fishing crew was able to land two fish (a rainbow and a brown trout) just as the light started to fade for the evening.

If you’re curious of where to fish or what flies are working, make sure to stop in one of the many local fly shops in the Aspen-Snowmass area such as Aspen Outfitting Co., Taylor Creek Fly Shop and Frying Pan Anglers and ask the people in the shop, they’re full of helpful tips.

The Drop-In: Mushroom Rock hike

The Drop-In: Mushroom Rock hike

We're takign a trip down to Carbondale for a hike on today's Drop-In! The hike to Mushroom Rock in the Red Hill Recreation Area just outside of Carbondale is about a one-mile, out-and-bike hike that gets you sweating and your heart pumping and then rewards you with expansive view of Carbondale, Mt. Sopris and the surrounding area.

Posted by The Aspen Times on Friday, August 16, 2019

The hike to Mushroom Rock in the Red Hill Recreation Area just outside of Carbondale is about a one-mile, out-and-bike hike that gets you sweating and your heart pumping and then rewards you with expansive view of Carbondale, Mt. Sopris and the surrounding area.

The Drop-In: Aspen-Sopris Ranger District encourages proper road bike etiquette

There has been a noticeable increase in road bike and e-bike users on the road to the Maroon Bells this year, and these cyclists aren’t always adhering to the rules of the road. Shelly Grail, recreation manager for the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District, took us on a trip to the Maroon Bells in this episode of “The Drop-In” and shared the top rules to remember for those biking (and driving) up to the Maroon Bells.

The Drop-In: Riding a ducky down the Roaring Fork River