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Crater Lake Trail

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Address: Forest Rd.380, Aspen, CO 81611
Phone Number: +1 970 925 3445 (Forest Service)
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Activities: Hiking
Description: This easy, one-day hike from Maroon Lake is a great outing for the entire...
This easy, one-day hike from Maroon Lake is a great outing for the entire family.
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Challenging hike for the novice

The hike to Crater Lake is quite challenging, but the view is impressive. The first half of the path was moderately steep with little rocks, and the second half was more... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

The hike to Crater Lake is quite challenging, but the view is impressive. The first half of the path was moderately steep with little rocks, and the second half was more challenging because of the numerous rocks, but it wasn't as steep. The weather fluctuates a lot, so be sure to bring a light jacket, snacks, and plenty of water.... More 

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Houston
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The view at crater lake is awesome, and we saw two moose; however, the hike to the lake is laden with shifting rocks. The path is not steep, but very difficult because of the rocks. I spent four hours staring at the path and wasn't able to enjoy the trek up or down. There are better hikes.

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Parker, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We really enjoyed hiking up to Crater Lake, but the trail was a lot harder than we thought it would be. It's not a steep incline, but extremely rocky. Unless you're in really good physical shape, I'd suggest walking sticks and plenty of water. Even so, definitely worth the time to get there.

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chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I reviewed this under the Maroon Bells trail too, but this was our favorite hike in Aspen. Absolutely gorgeous and worth the effort!! Bring good shoes though, very rocky.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

An all inspiring walk in gods land. This walk is a little up hill in places but nothing to strenuous and well worth an afternoon or morning trip. Views of snow capped mountains and mirroring lakes and bubbling streams, nature at her very best.

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Aspen, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Way to many people it's more like a super highway sometimes. But it is the only place in the entire Maroon Creek Valley you can see the very top of Pyrimid Peak. Half way up the trail look left to the large mountain and you will see why it is called "Pyrimid" Peak.

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Chesterfield, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

We did this hike in late May. It is a spectacular hike that can be challenging to those not used to the elevation. About 2/3 of the way to the lake the trail became snow covered in many places. This hike would be much easier after the snow is completely melted. The challenge was worth it as the views from... More 

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Denver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

It was a moderate hiking trail with loose rocks and lots of snow up towards the lake. Make sure to bring water and wear proper hiking shoes. It was a beautiful view! And you can overnight camp up there too!

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Jupiter, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

took us about an hour and 15 minutes to get here, not very strenuous. it also gives you a great view when coming back to the trailhead. it can get a little crowded on busy days, best to go early.

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Kailua, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

the Crater Lake Trail is a moderate hike with spectacular views at the lake. There was a light dusting of snow on the Maroon Bells which added to the fall flavor. The Aspens were in mid-cycle of their foliage change and the contrast of the green and gold was just a pleasure. Get to the parking lot early as it... More 

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Address: Forest Rd.380, Aspen, CO 81611
Phone Number: +1 970 925 3445 (Forest Service)
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Aspen

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