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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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Great half day hike

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... read more

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

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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Lafayette, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We took advantage of a free scenic tour hosted by a young nature enthusiast to crater lake. It's a relatively easy hike for most people. There was a 60 year old on our hike who was overweight and still made it, slowly of course. Took us 2 hours to get there and only 30 minutes to get back. Pretty hike...go... More 

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Aspen,
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The hike to Crater Lake is just beautiful! It's not too rigorous but you should be wearing proper shoes with good tread for stable footing. Flip flops and sandals will make you cry. Watch as you walk for little Pikas & Whistling Pigs (Marmots). It's a 1.5 miles to the lake from the Maroon Bells area that the bus will... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The hike to Crater Lake is quite challenging, but the view is impressive. The first half of the path was moderately steep with little rocks, and the second half was more challenging because of the numerous rocks, but it wasn't as steep. The weather fluctuates a lot, so be sure to bring a light jacket, snacks, and plenty of water.... More 

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Houston
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The view at crater lake is awesome, and we saw two moose; however, the hike to the lake is laden with shifting rocks. The path is not steep, but very difficult because of the rocks. I spent four hours staring at the path and wasn't able to enjoy the trek up or down. There are better hikes.

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Parker, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We really enjoyed hiking up to Crater Lake, but the trail was a lot harder than we thought it would be. It's not a steep incline, but extremely rocky. Unless you're in really good physical shape, I'd suggest walking sticks and plenty of water. Even so, definitely worth the time to get there.

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chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I reviewed this under the Maroon Bells trail too, but this was our favorite hike in Aspen. Absolutely gorgeous and worth the effort!! Bring good shoes though, very rocky.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

An all inspiring walk in gods land. This walk is a little up hill in places but nothing to strenuous and well worth an afternoon or morning trip. Views of snow capped mountains and mirroring lakes and bubbling streams, nature at her very best.

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Aspen, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Way to many people it's more like a super highway sometimes. But it is the only place in the entire Maroon Creek Valley you can see the very top of Pyrimid Peak. Half way up the trail look left to the large mountain and you will see why it is called "Pyrimid" Peak.

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Address: Forest Rd.380, Aspen, CO 81611
Phone Number: +1 970 925 3445 (Forest Service)
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Aspen

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