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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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We loved our visit to Maroon Bells and actually visited twice during our stay in Aspen. We spent one day hiking and enjoyed the Crater Lake trail. This is not a difficult hike... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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Naples, Florida
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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We loved our visit to Maroon Bells and actually visited twice during our stay in Aspen. We spent one day hiking and enjoyed the Crater Lake trail. This is not a difficult hike but you need to allow a good 2-3 hours to make the round trip. There is some elevation change but now too challenging but make sure you... More 

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sarasota, florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

About a 2 1/2 hr. hike (round trip) for Maroon Bells Visitor Center and worth every step. Some parts of the trial are rocky but generally well maintained.

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Start at the spectacular Maroon Lake and go a couple of miles up this easy trail. It is lined with evergreens, Aspen trees and wildflowers in the summer. Great Maroon Bells reflection in Crater Lake. Go early to avoid the crowds. I did not see bears, but they are commonly spotted in the area.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The best short hike in Maroon Bells -- about 5 miles round-trip, I think. Less than 1000 feet of elevation gain. The reward, besides all the great scenery along the way: a lake nestled in broad park, with the Bells and other ridges looking so close that you'd think they are only a 10 minute hike away....but looks are deceiving.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

very intriguinguntil we hike the trail and it was so rocky it was unpleasant . The lake was great but getting there wasn't worth the trip

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Pslstine, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Crater Lake is worth the climb up from Maroon Lake. Beautiful serene lake. Go up the the passes for a really long hike.

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Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This was a nice little hike that takes about half a day going at a leisurely pace. Quite a few rocky areas and some elevation gain, so I wouldn't climb it in dress shoes or sandals. A few mosquitoes at the end so sun screen and a little bug spray are helpful. Nice flowers in the summer, with aspen forests... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

We had to do this trail to get to W. Maroon pass. It's very rocky and gets very crowded as the day goes on. The lake is lovely, but crowded, rocky trails aren't a huge lure for me.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

This is a 1.8 mile trek (3.6 mile roundtrip) that offers phenomenal views at the end. The trail is rocky and rutted so proper footwear is recommended. Take a lunch up to Crater Lake and spend a couple hours burning up the battery in your camera; you can't take a bad picture up there. This trail is busy in the... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This is a moderately easy hike to Crater Lake. It took us about an hour each way, and the views at Crater Lake are stunning. Highly enjoyable!

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