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Sunnyside Trail

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 4.8 (12)

One of Aspen's premier classic trails, offering big views and challenging riding.


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5.7

Miles

9.2

KM

Singletrack

10,075' 3,071 m

High

7,731' 2,356 m

Low

153' 47 m

Up

2,400' 731 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

28%

Max Grade (15°)

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Description

Sunnyside connects the trails of Hunter Creek and 4 Corners areas down to the paved Rio Grande bike path. The trail offers challenging riding on narrow trails, traversing and descending steep terrain while distracting you with big mountain views. Many rocky sections will test your expert level riding skills.

On the upper reaches of the trail, look out for the Shadyside Trail for optional routes and additional mileage.

The trail is adopted by the Aspen Cycling Club, which conducts annual maintenance work to keep the trail in shape.

Sunnyside is popular with hikers, especially on the lower slopes. Please yield and be polite whenever possible. Given the steep technical nature of the trail, it's recommended for downhill bike travel only.

Just before the final lowest segment of trail, you'll cross over the paved McLain Flats Rd. (parking available here). Watch out for fast vehicles before crossing over to the final segment, which links to the Rio Grande trail. Make a left to go towards Aspen.

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Shared By:

Mike Pritchard

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  4.8 from 12 votes

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#503

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Photos

View from Red Mountain, traversing it's face on the Sunnyside trail.
Jun 8, 2013 near Aspen, CO
This is pretty mush the start of the huge descent down Sunnyside Trail.  In the distance, you can imagine where the trail traverses along the face of Red Mt. in the aspen groves, and where Shadyside Trail might be in the dark timber area.
Oct 7, 2015 near Aspen, CO
Panorama view of Red Mountain on the left (Sunnyside trail traverses through the upper aspen groves), and Aspen in the middle.
Jun 8, 2013 near Aspen, CO
Sunnyside Trail, always a worthy destination when the aspen leaves change color!
Oct 7, 2015 near Aspen, CO
Lower Sunnyside trail.  The trail turns to red rock once below the aspen groves.
Jun 8, 2013 near Aspen, CO

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