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This is a difficult day hike and strenuous backpack trip. It is recommended to plan an overnight visit. Follow the Cathedral Lake Trail to the first Electric Pass fork and go right. This is the halfway point from the trailhead to Electric Pass. At the next fork you will come to two trails (An old one - blocked off) and a new one that bears left, take the new trail. You'll travel through meadows of wildflowers and be above the tree line. While in the meadows the trail turns right and goes into a series of switchbacks up the ridge on your right. From here you will travel through dangerous loose rock and/or snow. The trail goes up the ridge to the left and winds through the rocks toward the pass. This trail is not maintained and is not recommended for the beginner.

Directions: From Aspen, Drive 1/2 mile west of Aspen on Highway 82. At the roundabout, turn onto Castle Creek Road. Drive 12.2 miles up Castle Creek and turn right (shortly after passing Ashcroft) onto a gravel road, driving a 1/2 mile to the trailhead.

Elevation: 9,500 feet

Ending Elevation: 13,500 feet

Elevation Gain: 4,000 feet

Distance: 7.9 miles

Usage: Very Heavy

Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

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White River National Forest, Colorado

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