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Crater Lake Trail

Maroon Creek Road, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970 925 3445 (Forest Service)
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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.
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96 reviews 96 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I was disappointed at the end. As i mentioned in a review of the Bells, i would not want to see Crater Lake again even if i didn't have to walk to it. The scenery along the walk is more interesting.

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Mobile, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This trail rises from the Maroon Bells Lake shuttle stop. It is rather long and requires a certain degree of fitness and patience, but the Crater lake is truly beautiful and we were blown away by its scenery. Highly recommended!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We went on a very rainy day and there was a steady stream of people coming back down the trail. The rocks were slippery which made it even more difficult to pass each other. I made it a little more than half way up b/c of the altitude, the crowds and the rain. My family went all the way up... More

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Bellville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

If you're going to go see the Maroon Bells, you must make the effort to hike to Crater Lake. The mountains are all around you and are just breathtaking, but the trail is steep and rocky. Thankful we were wearing good hiking shoes/boots and had our hydration packs, wished we had our hiking poles. We left later in the afternoon... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Crater Lake was so beautiful! Definitely recommend taking this hike early in the day. We were there in July and it was pretty warm by the time we were going down. It's not that tough, but you will want to watch your step.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We experienced sun, rain and hail on our 1.5 hour hike. Went to crater lake. Definitely beautiful! Worth the hike!

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illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Not seasoned hikers but definitely gave us all a sense of accomplishment. Not easy and some rocky terrain. Uphill almost all the way so breaks were needed. May want to adjust to altitude before doing this.

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Snowmass Village, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This is a gorgeous 1.2 mile hike that goes from Maroon Lake up to a smaller, equally scenic lake i.e. Crater Lake. Take a picnic and explore. For those seeking more of a work out you can climb either right and continue up to Buckskin Pass or Willow lake or right up to West Maroon Pass (one of the ways... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We are avid hikers in our 50's this hike was 75% rocks some quite steep we have done all moderate hikes and this one was very hard on the knees and feet! would not recommend except for young bones. I wish someone would of warned us

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Senior Contributor
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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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