The valley this trail wanders through is full of aspens turning colors this time of year. At the top, situated just above treeline is a natural hot spring that’s big enough for 20-40 people to soak in. The views are stunning along the whole hike, but especially from the 102-degree pool. Over the years the springs have become pretty popular, and just this year the forest service decided to make this area a permitted hike, limiting the numbers, which make it less accessible but more enjoyable in the long run. Past years have seen crowds and trash that demanded better and more strict management.
Both the hike and the aspens changing make it a true destination for anyone that loves the mountains.
Contributor: Paul Ronto from runrepeat.com