The Hell Roaring Trail is a 5+ mile round trip hike with a hiking rating of moderate due to the short steepness of the climb.
This fairly steep, scenic route up a forested ridge takes you onto a high open ridge above tree line at 12,000 ft, with spectacular vistas of the Elk Mountain Range, the Gore Range and Williams ranges, and the surrounding valleys. The Hell Roaring Trail offers some good photo opportunities of Mount Daly and 14,130 ft Capital Peak off to the south. Although this hike is a little harder to get to than most, it is well known to the locals because of the spectacular beauty, both on the drive to the trail head and during the hike up the ridge.
Directions to the trail head: Take Highway 82 to the Old Snowmass turnoff (14 miles southwest of Aspen) and turn south by the gas station on Snowmass Creek RD. Drive 1.8 miles to the “T” and turn right onto Capitol Creek Rd. This road turns to dirt in 5 miles.
At 6.3 miles there is a public parking lot, but a high clearance vehicle can continue to the trail head for another 2 miles. If we don’t have enough high clearance vehicles we’ll have to hike up to the trail head.
Once we get to the Hell Roaring Trail head, we’ll go straight ahead past a green gate and along the ridge past a pond. From there we’ll take the trail to Hardscrabble Lake which will be one of our destinations. Williams Lake is up the trail a bit further.
I’ll see you all soon,