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Parks and Recreation
Zach Goldak | Photo: Matt Hobbs/Vital Films | October 16, 2013
A bit of snow can’t stop Aspenites from enjoying the great outdoors in October. Remember to layer up and enjoy the scenery before the temperature drops and the snow really starts to fall.
Grab your gear and head up Independence Pass for unparalleled climbing. The routes on the Pass feature bouldering, traditional and sport climbing. There are routes for climbers of all expertise, including Victims of Fashion (5.12 c/d) and Zanzibar Dihedral (5.8).
The yellow aspen leaves against the snowy backdrop make leaf-peeping even more appealing. Sunny Side Trail has incredibly south facing views, perfect for taking in the scenery. The trail is roughly seven miles—perfect for to get your heart rate up and enjoy with friends. DETAILS aspenpitkin.com
It may be chilly but with the right gear (and a sunny day), it is not too late to get your cycling fix. We’d recommend sticking to the roads until the trails dry out. You can even stamp your Aspen passport by going past the roundabout and trek down valley where temperatures can be a bit more forgiving.
Dirt biking may not be for everyone, but it is an exhilarating way to explore the Aspen’s surrounding terrain. For beginners, Aspen Dirtbike School offers individual and group lessons in addition to equipment rental. Or, if for the more experienced rider, we love the trails off Castle Creek Road to Express Creek and the backcountry of Aspen Mountain. Just remember your pads and helmet. DETAILS aspendirtbikeschool.com
Fun for all ages, horseback riding is an excellence opportunity to get the family together and experience another side of Aspen. Independence Pass Outfitting Company offers half and full day trail rides. Call ahead for more information as hunting season is now upon us. DETAILS ipocllc.com