We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Crater Lake Trail

Maroon Creek Road, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970 925 3445 (Forest Service)
Update attraction details
Ranked #12 of 59 attractions in Aspen
Type: Hiking Trails, Bodies of Water
Activities: Hiking
Description: This easy, one-day hike from Maroon Lake is a great outing for the entire family.
Write a Review

54 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    38
    13
    2
    1
    0
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We started this hike around 8:30 am. We arrived at Maroon Bells around 8 am, so we would be able to drive up and park (you have to take a bus after 9). We paid a fee to enter the park that lasted a few days (maybe a week pass?). The hike to Crater a lake was moderate intensity for... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

This was a fun, but somewhat frustrating experience. The hike, is moderate, not easy. There are areas of talus that make the footing somewhat difficult. The trai goes OVER the pass befor dropping down to the lake, which is pretty but not Glacier NP pretty. A fun afternoon. My wife and I, who are in our 50's were ready for... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
NC
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Moderate to easy hike from Maroon Bells to Crater Lake. Highly recommend. Go on weekdays if possible to avoid crowds.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ohio
Top Contributor
180 reviews 180 reviews
69 attraction reviews
253 helpful votes 253 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

End of September... the trail runs thru the golden apsens. Stunning! Peeks of the lake and mountains between the trees... rocky at the top with vocal pica... and ends at Crater Lake. Everything about this hike is just stunning! Be prepared to take breaks and breath hard tho if you come from flatlands :) A lot of uphill on this... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kathmandu, Nepal
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We had tried it last year but was a bit more than we bargained for that day so said we would be better prepared with water etc next time. We enjoyed a fairly strenous hike up into the Maroon Bells with great view. The lake was a little disappointing compared to Hanging Lake which was a shorter but more strenuous... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Colorado
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Get to Maroon Bells early to take pictures and then start on your hike to Crater Lake through groves of Aspen trees. Round trip hike, including lots of picture taking was roughly 2.5 hours.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Hampton, Minnesota
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
45 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

I accidentally reviewed this under Maroon Bells. But this is a wonderful hike! Take a picnic with you to sit by the lake and enjoy!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cleveland, Ohio
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

My wife and sister did this hike twice. A real workout, bring layers, and gloves. Be wary of rain, so a poncho may be needed.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Top Contributor
262 reviews 262 reviews
75 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Awesome easy to moderate hike through aspens, beautiful views to the lake. We drove up and started at about 7:30 (you need to get there before 9am if you have a car – otherwise you have to take the bus). It costs $10 to enter the park. It was well worth starting early as the trail gets very crowded (and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Superior, Colorado
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
3 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

We've been having a lot of rain this summer so we did encounter some muddy spots on the trail. Yes, it is rocky, but that's pretty standard here in Colorado. We went early 8 ish while the skies were still blue and had a minimal amount of contrails, and no clouds forming yet. But in the short amount of time... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Crater Lake Trail also viewed

 

Been to Crater Lake Trail? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Crater Lake Trail, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing