East End Real Estate
The East End is nestled at the foot of Independence Pass and backs up to national forest land placing property here in a surreal alpine location. This area, especially, is great for the client who desires to be close to it all with privacy and at the same time access to one of the Rocky Mountains hidden gems.
Independence Pass is a very special place yet sees very little traffic. For hikers there are many trails including the sublime hike to the high alpine Weller Lake and the endure workout of Lost Man that takes most hikers all day and is at time over 13,000 feet. Lincoln Creek road offers some of the best camping in Colorado, there is a pay campsite with 10 sites and a campground host at the beginning of the road for those who want a slightly more manicured experience. Then there are another 20 individual free sites space along the road all the way back to Grizzly Resivoir, giving campers their own private site that they can drive right up too. Spring skiing at its best from the top of the Pass, you can traverse out, drop 4th of July Bowl right into the ghost town of Independence and then hitch a ride back to your car. For rock climbers The Pass may have the best combination of no crowds with the best rock of anywhere in the state, countless routes of both Sport and Traditional await as well as an exploding Bouldering development. There is also the marvel of the Ice Caves, where runoff from the Roaring Fork has carved a series of limestone cathedrals that in the spring you can access when they are still half full of ice, truly a spectacle to be seen.
Scattered throughout the large estates and homes of the East End, also known as Mountain Valley, you will find remnants of Aspen’s mining history. Log cabins built by the minors of the 1800’s. The trails meander out of the neighborhoods and therefore have some of the easiest access to hiking and biking. Many homes have sunny views of the Walshes side of Aspen Mountain and the Roaring Fork River. Residents describe the neighborhood as Private, quiet location, country like, peaceful, with a rural feel, yet within walking distance to downtown Aspen! The Rio Grande paved bicycle/hiking path along the world famous Roaring Fork River (Gold Medal Waters) starts only a blocks away. There is also a children’s playground, at Herron City Park and Smuggler Mountain Road hiking/mountain biking trail is conveniently located in the East End. Another thing that makes this area so special is that it overlooks the Northstar Nature preserve, so if you choose to invest in real estate or a development project here you know your view will never be disturbed. The preserve is home to many species of birds and the Roaring fork flows right through it. There is a small sandy beach to escape to on hot summer days and this stretch of the river is the perfect place to try the hottest new sport, Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Run a shuttle up to Wildwood and meander down smooth water for several miles right into town where the current picks up again.
This is an ideal place to invest in real estate if you are not in the market for Red Mountain but would like a home built on the mountainside with amazing Aspen views and still close to town. – East End Real Estate