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Crater Lake Trail

Maroon Creek Road, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970 925 3445 (Forest Service)
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Ranked #10 of 57 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This trail is slightly more advanced, with a pretty big elevation change. You will not be able to get a stroller on it, and I do not recommend having to carry any children, it is about 1.6 miles to the lake and then there are more "game trails" around that lead to hike in campsites to explore. My wife and... More

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Newport coast
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

It can get steep, but once you get to the lake, you'll be rewarded. Wear good hiking boots; uneven, rocky terrain.

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Washington, DC
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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Don't miss this hike to Crater lake! My only regret is that we didn't bring a lunch with us. I figured we had just eaten breakfast and wouldn't be hungry but after the uphill climb you're definitely ready for some kind of snack and drink when you get to the top!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The 3.5 mile trail to Crater Lake has one beautiful view after another. The trail is steep in some places, but if you take your time, not difficult. TAKE WATER. You need to stay hydrated for sure. The air is so crisp and clear.

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Benton, Wisconsin
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Highly recommend this if you don't mind a hike. This was one of my favorite parts of Colorado. Its a moderate hike and takes about 3-4 hours to hike to the lake and back. It was rocky, fairly steep, and muddy in some areas. Bring water, lunch or a snack, and make sure you have decent shoes on. This is... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

The Maroon Bells soar above you. Lake serene and clear. We napped on the grass before walking down. Rock slides make the trip a bit challenging. Glad we went for it.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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55 reviews 55 reviews
12 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This really gets good once you leave the maroon bells lake area...nice mix of pines, aspens, and of course boulders! We hit snow about 2/3 of way to the lake and that proved fun and interesting. Lake is beautiful! Bring lunch or a snack

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North Richland Hills, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

The trailhead is at Maroon Lake which can be very crowded, go early if possible. This can be a nice day hike or the start of a longer backpacking trip. I've done both and either way can be very enjoyable. Spectacular scenery and that soul satisfying feeling of being in the Colo high country. Pay attention to the warning plaque... More

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

When at the Maroon Bells take the trail to the far end of the lake and follow the path to Crater Lake. Pick up sandwiches in Aspen (I'd recommend the Grateful Deli) and bring water for sure! Hike to Crater Lake and find a place for lunch with a great view of the Maroon Bells. Wear sturdy hiking boots as... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 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

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