Once the trail connects to the campground, offering a seamless nature walk or easy mountain-bike ride back and forth from Aspen along the edge of the 310 acre North Star Preserve without using Highway 82, it is expected to become even more popular with runners and bike use.

ASPEN REAL ESTATE — The final piece of a trail that has been in the works for at least two decades will be constructed east of Aspen this year. The East of Aspen Trail, an alternative to Highway 82 for bicyclists, joggers, dog walkers and people simply out for a stroll, finally will connect to something before the summer’s out. Built in bits and pieces over the years, the trail has inched slowly eastward toward Difficult Campground, the largest Forest Service campground in the Aspen vicinity. It’s located about five miles southeast of town, near the base of Independence Pass. This year, Open Space and Trails will build the last piece, of less than a mile, from Wildwood Drive to the entrance to Difficult Campground.
bY Janet Urquhart, March, 18 2012, AT

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