On the trail: So many trails … | AspenTimes.com

On the trail: So many trails …

Chadwick Bowman
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – Being new to town – only a few weeks on a new job – I spent one of my first Saturday mornings off walking around town asking others, who were also early risers, where I could find the closest trailhead, looking to hike up somewhere, anywhere.

With ambitions of climbing up a mountain, I found it slightly amusing that I was cruising downtown, asking locals how I could get high – referring to the altitude, of course.

I hiked up Smuggler Mountain, discovering that it led to various other trails. I had to make the decision between continuing on and most assuredly getting lost, or taking a few pictures and stumbling back down the lazy switchbacks because it was Saturday, and college football was on, and Colorado State was playing Northern Colorado.

I am still trying to learn the terminology and the names of different mountains, trails, roads, slopes and even basic directions.

Growing up in Denver, I could spend only a few weekends of my youth in Aspen. I was busy with other activities and, unfortunately, found it hard to finance a ski trip or weekend camping venture.

Now that I’m here, I’m already starting to feel a slight briskness to the air; apparently I only have a few more weeks of perfect weather before it’s that cold time of year again.

So, I’m frantically trying to balance a new job with as much outdoor activity as I can, and still fit in a few hours here and there at the Aspen Brewery.

I want to hike all of the trails that the stem from the Smuggler platform, but I also want to take all the “must-do” trails (as they’ve been described to me), as well. I am accepting the sad truth that there may not be enough hours in the day, or days in the week, or warm days of the year to experience all that is available to an out-of-towner trying to get high.

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