Weller Lake Trail

A short great hike only 9 miles from Aspen, Colorado. Weller Lake Trail offers a forest hike, some rock scrambling and a scenic lake for relaxing.

Weller Lake Trail

This is a great short hike through a green forest leading to a very scenic little lake. The only issue we experienced was when the trail appeared to go into the rocks or on through the forest. Once we saw the lake for the first time, we worked our way to the shore and worked our way over the rocks without any issues.

From Aspen, drive approximately 9 miles east on Highway 82 until you see the Weller Lake Trailhead on the right side of the road. There is a parking area right next to the trailhead. If you miss it, you will see Weller Campground on your left and a great place to turn around…as well as camp!

Facts To Remember


Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 1 mile round trip
Elevation Gain: 229 feet
Starting Elevation: 9,300 feet
When To Hike: Spring, Summer, Fall
Permits: No
Pets Allowed: Yes on leash
Starting Location: 9 miles east of Aspen on Highway 82
Time of Year: September

The Trailhead

The beginning of Weller Lake Trail is marked by a few signs. Let’s go!

The Hike Begins

The hike immediately takes you over a stream and then slowly heads up hill.

Forest Hiking

Lots of hiking through the forest until you get the first glimpse of the lake and the rocks.

Getting Close to the Lake

There is Weller Lake! We are close now.

Weller Lake

Beautiful lake and a perfect day!

Our Thoughts

We camped at Weller Campground just minutes from this trailhead and not far from Aspen. We wanted to do a short morning hike before heading to our next destination. Weller Lake Trail was the perfect trail as it’s only 1 mile round trip and crosses a stream, goes through a forest, over rocks and finally chill at a scenic lake.

Suggestions and Tips

Parking lot isn’t large so maybe arrive a little early
Easy and safe hike but be careful on the rocks if you hike along the lake
and finally…don’t leave behind trash and maybe pick up any you see, be respectful of any wildlife you may encounter including humans, and always be prepared

Are you Considering This Hike?

Always check the weather and dress appropriately.

Hike Recommendations

Water: Always bring water
Food/Snacks: Food and snacks are always recommended
Hiking Boots/Shoes: Traction is Important – No sandals, flip flops, slippers, dress shoes
Sunscreen/Hat: Very little exposure unless you spend time sitting at the lake
Hiking Sticks/Poles: Poles will reduce the impact on knees and leg muscles

More Useful Information

Location of Weller Lake Trailhead

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