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Pitkin County bike trails: Lincoln Creek, Aspen


Getting there: Start on CO 82 in Aspen and head east toward Independence Pass and Lincoln Creek Road. You'll parallel the creek until reaching the reservoir. Once you reach the reservoir, if you continue ahead, you'll reach the Ruby ghost town. Depending on the time of year, the road to the ghost town can have water crossings and it is almost always rocky and more technical than the first stretch.

Trail talk: It's easy to turn back whenever time or energy demands, but pedal all the way to Ruby if you can. The views are worth it. This is a seasonal dirt road and closed in winter.


Distance: 21.7 miles

Difficulty: Easy/intermediate

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The dirt: We suggest an out-and-back version of this ride. There is some technical riding beyond the reservoir, but the riding is moderate and beautiful in the high-alpine country. There's no singletrack on this ride, but there is a good amount of climbing on the road. The beauty is that you can turn around anywhere on the ride if you get tired or weather becomes problematic.