Not far to the east of Aspen, the Difficult Campground and nearby trails are a good place to get into the forest without driving too far. Along the access road to the campground you pass through excellent willow-riparian habitat, with birds such as Fox Sparrow, Violet-green Swallow, MacGillivray’s Warbler, and others. Some mixed coniferous woodland is good for birds like Brown Creeper, Hermit Thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Red Crossbill, and, if you’re lucky, Dusky Grouse.
Directions: Difficult Campground is about 4.2 east of Mill and Main in Aspen, on the south side of Highway 82, 0.2 miles past mile marker 45. Park in the Day Use parking area on the right (south). After you get to the parking area, the trail starts at the left corner of the parking lot.
Delorme: 46 A1
Roads of Colorado: 68 B4
Dates of Access: Closed during the winter months
Ownership: US Forest Service
Parking: Parking Areas
Handicapped Access: Handicap accessible facilities; limited car birding