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Crater Lake Trail

Maroon Creek Road, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970 925 3445 (Forest Service)
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Ranked #13 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.
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Redford, Michigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The area was just spectacular! Start out at Maroon Lake, where many were fishing, water is so clear you can see them coming for the bait! You also could see a luminescent green algae, was really pretty, and unusual to a MI gal! The trail to Crater Lake was to the right, there were a couple of trails closed close... More

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London
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

This trail enables one to penetrate a little into the mountains, away from crowded Maroon Lake. The path is rocky but easy to negotiate if one is reasonably fit/active, and Crater Lake is pretty.

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London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
21 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

I set off at 3:00 in the afternoon and I was back by 5:30. (I'm 64) Great view of Maroon Lake half way up. Just far enough away so you can't see the crowds walking along the lakeside. Crater Lake isn't that beautiful, but it is a pleasant hike, provided you stop to admire the view occasionally (ie catch your... More

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South Florida, Florida
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126 reviews 126 reviews
14 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We went on this trail on September 23 and the fall colors were amazing. The beauty on this trail is amazing. The trail starts at Maroon lake and the view from the start of the trail of Maroon Bells is probably the best I have ever seen. The trail is about 3.6 miles and can take about 4 hours depending... More

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Houston, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Beautiful scenery along your hike, welcome sight when you see you are close, breathtaking view when you come upon it, so serene and peaceful while there. We spent a good 20 min there alone. More rocky than imagined. Got a little tired maneuvering the rocks. A definite moderate hike.

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Dallas, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Hiking to Crater Lake is a beautiful hike from Maroon Lake. You will see every age on the trail along with dogs on a leash. The moose have been spotted numerous times for dog owners need to be cautious. The picas are busy gathering food for the winter. There is so much to see along the way to Crater Lake.... More

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The hike was not easy for my friend and I due to the altitude - but well worth it with the spectacular scenery along the way. The trail is rocky - but wide enough to stop frequently for water breaks.

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Raymore, Missouri
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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Yes, yes I know it is the Rocky Mountains, but this was an incredibly Rocky climb, making a somewhat short hike feel much longer than it was. The hike takes you to the base of the Maroon Bells, making an absolutely stunning backdrop. I personally preferred Maroon Lake and the fishing it offered, but I am glad we did this... More

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

wow, wow, wow, this is a steep and rocky climb but worth the effort, the lake is crystal clear the beauty is unmatched. A must do

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Port Clinton
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Wow... what can you say but fantastic views , fresh air and beautiful blue skies! Rocky Mountains for the novice hiker at its best. This 3.6 mile round trip hike is perfect! Loved every minute !

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