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Crater Lake Trail

Maroon Creek Road, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970 925 3445 (Forest Service)
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Ranked #6 of 28 Attractions in Aspen
Type: Hiking Trails, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: This easy, one-day hike from Maroon Lake is a great outing for the entire family.
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Type: Hiking Trails, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: This easy, one-day hike from Maroon Lake is a great outing for the entire family.

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Jupiter, Florida, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

took us about an hour and 15 minutes to get here, not very strenuous. it also gives you a great view when coming back to the trailhead. it can get a little crowded on busy days, best to go early.

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Kailua, Hawaii
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243 reviews 243 reviews
70 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

the Crater Lake Trail is a moderate hike with spectacular views at the lake. There was a light dusting of snow on the Maroon Bells which added to the fall flavor. The Aspens were in mid-cycle of their foliage change and the contrast of the green and gold was just a pleasure. Get to the parking lot early as it... More 

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Evergreen, Colorado
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67 reviews 67 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Love this hike. It winds through the aspen trees most of the way and in fall the colors are beautiful. It's just long enough that you get a good workout but too long so it's suitable for most people. The trail is rocky in sections so wear good shoes and be sure to have water and a snack with you.

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

When you get to Crater Lake you will be glad you did it... along the way you may huff and puff a bit. Stop and enjoy the views, look around as you ascend / descend...

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Omaha, Nebraska
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This was great trail, was a real hike, since you can drive pretty much all the way up to the Maroon Bells. The lake wasn't carrying much water, but, it was quiet and peaceful. The views of the mountains was amazing and surreal. I would recommend this place for anyone who is looking for serious hiking. The best time in... More 

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Not to hard not to easy for novice hikers, it was beautiful and worth the trip, once to the lake we rested, fed some birds and took in the amazing beauty!

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Louisville, KY
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I am not an experienced hiker so I had a tough time with this trail. Sometimes I would stop to rest just 10 yards from the last place I stopped to rest! I didn't think I'd be able to complete it, but I did! It was probably the greatest physical accomplishment of my life. I feel sorry for all the... More 

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Windsor
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Enjoyable hike. The lake with the mountains in the background are spectacular. Rocky in several areas that make it adventurous but we saw kids and elderly so it can be done by most I think

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Seattle, Washington
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Just the right challenge ("moderate") with jaw-dropping views. We took dozens of photos and are again amazed with scenery as we review photos. Trails are well marked and area wonderfully clean. Lucky us. Lucky you

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Redford, Michigan
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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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