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Smuggler Mountain is a beautiful, convenient Aspen hike for all skill levels

Frias Properties extranet specialist Jenny aEUoeJ.J.aEU Jacque has been taking advantage of the wonderful weather this spring to hike Smuggler Mountain during her lunch breaks. Smuggler Mountain is a well-known Aspen landmark and the 1 A1/2-mile trail is one of the most popular workouts for mountain bikers, runners and hikers. The hike provides great scenery all along the way, leading to a platform at the top which has an amazing view of Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. From there, hikers can return down the mountain or continue on to the Hunter Creek loop for an added challenge.

Today, J.J. sits down with our blog team to share her experiences.

Q: WhataEU(tm)s the attraction of hiking Smuggler? Why do people like it so much? A: aEUoeSmuggler is a quick easy hike that most people can do on their lunch break or after work.A You can easily make it up and down in under an hour.A Once up, their the view is great and you can turn it into a much longer hike if you choose to by adding on the Hunter Creek loop.aEU

Q: On a scale of 1-10, how hard of a hike is it? A: aEUoe3 or 4aEU

Q: How long does it take you? A: aEUoeI average about 25 minutes up, 15 down.aEU

Q: When do you like to go aEU" morning, noon, night? A: aEUoeLunch break or after work aEU" it depends on when someone can join me as I rarely go alone.aEU

Q: WhataEU(tm)s your normal gear like? Shoes? A: aEUoeWork out sweats, runners, and iPod.aEU

Q: Are you keeping track of how many times you go? A: aEUoeNo, I havenaEU(tm)t been keeping track.A I go up Smuggler about three times during the week and try to do something longer on the weekends.aEU

Q: WhataEU(tm)s the difference between going alone and with someone? A: aEUoeI rarely go alone because I like to talk along the way.A It makes the time go by faster to have someone with you.A And sometimes when I want to get a really good workout from it I take someone with me that is really going to push me to go faster.aEU

Q: Do you remember the first time you went? A: aEUoeYes, I made the front page of the Times on my first trip up. It was amusing because I had never been up and then there was a guy taking pictures.A He asked my name and BAM, the next day it was front-page news.aEU

Q: WhataEU(tm)s your favorite part of the hike? A: aEUoeRunning into people I know. It happened just the other day. I had a friend that moved out of town and she just happened to be back in town for the weekend. We got the opportunity the catch up for a bit.aEU

Q: Do you celebrate at the top a la Rocky Balboa? A: aEUoeI have never celebrated like that, but it is a great idea.A My goal is to run up by the end of the summer, if I accomplish this IaEU(tm)m sure I will celebrate Rocky Balboa style.A I might even throw on a little aEU~Eye of the TigeraEU(tm) while doing it.aEU

Q: What other hikes do you enjoy besides Smuggler? A: aEUoeI hike the Ute Trail sometimes during lunch in the summer, but think that it might be too muddy right now so havenaEU(tm)t been up it yet.A Sometimes on weekends I go all the way up Aspen Mountain.A I have recently discovered the Arbaney-Kittle trail this spring and thought that was a great hike down valley.A Excellent views of the Frying Pan from top.aEU

Q: What other outdoor activities do you like? A: aEUoeI like doing anything outside.A I normally do a lot of jogging in the summer training for a marathon.A I really want to do some 14ers.A Been wanting to do that for a while and I have a few friends who said they would go with me this summer. I also enjoy rafting, biking, and going camping.aEU Frias has a number of units still available for Spring and Summer rentals, all within walking distance of Smuggler Mountain.A CLICK HEREA to view units, or callA (888) 633-0336A orA (970) 920-2000A to speak with a Frias vacation specialist. For more hiking and biking information,A CLICK HERE