American Lake Trail
The access point to the breathtaking Castle Creek Valley is the ghost town of Ashcroft, a silver-mining town founded in 1880. What...
Ashcroft Ski Touring
This local Nordic outfitter serves 20 miles of groomed trails through 600 acres of backcountry – it's a bit more wild than your typical...
Pine Creek Cookhouse
This log-cabin restaurant, located 1.5 miles past the Ashcroft ghost town at the end of Castle Creek Rd (about 30min from Aspen), boasts...
Castle Creek Road · interesting places nearby
American Lake Trail information
Easily paired with a peek into the ghost town of Ashcroft and/or a meal at the epic Pine Creek Cookhouse, this trail climbs steadily from Ashcroft through aspen and spruce groves to American Lake, in the subalpine Devaney Creek Valley. Views are limited, but the trail meets several more primitive paths to a panoramic overlook. It's a 6.4-mile hike round-trip.