Smuggler Mountain Open Space

Smuggler Mountain Open Space
QUICK FACTS
Total acreage: 232
Year of acquisition: 1998-2009
Purchase partners: Pitkin County, City of Aspen
Key features: Smuggler Mountain borders Aspen to the east/southeast. Lower Smuggler Mountain Road, cutting across the mountain’s face and visible from much of town, is a popular recreation route, particularly with hikers, dog walkers and mountain bikers. Its upper reaches, within the White River National Forest, access Warren Lakes and the Benedict Huts, (the latter are part of the 10th Mountain Division Hut System). Within the Smuggler Mountain Open Space, situated on the northwesternmost flank of the mountain, the road accesses an observation platform overlooking Aspen and Aspen Mountain. An interpretive sign that labels visible peaks has been installed there. The platform is located on the B&M Lode mining claim, one of the many properties that comprise the open space. Smuggler Mountain Open Space also offers a network of singletrack trails that connect with trails that extend into the Hunter Creek Valley north of Smuggler Mountain. Historic mining sites on the open space are the subject of interpretive signage.
Nearest town: Aspen

KEY LINKS
2019 Smuggler Mountain Wildlife and Vegetation Monitoring Report
2008 Smuggler Mountain Open Space Management Plan
2012 Hunter Creek - Smuggler Mountain Cooperative Plan
2010 Smuggler Mountain Open Space 10-Year Forest Resource Management Plan
2009 Hunter Creek / Smuggler Mountain Vegetation Management Assessment
2009 Brood Tree Removal and Verbenone Treatments - Smuggler Mountain
2008 Biological Resources and Baseline Report - Smuggler Mountain Open Space



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