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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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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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Can not BEAT the view!!

Take the bus up to the Bells- and enjoy a wonderful hike around Crater Lake and the trail.. Not too difficult, and the views are SPECTACULAR!!! Leave enough time to complete the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Bethesda, Maryland
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Bethesda, Maryland
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Take the bus up to the Bells- and enjoy a wonderful hike around Crater Lake and the trail.. Not too difficult, and the views are SPECTACULAR!!! Leave enough time to complete the hike and remember to leave time to catch the bus back down to town.

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Southern california
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62 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

I've done the Crater Lake Trail a few times over the years. The last time with my kids, ages 8-14. Depending on their ages and dispositions some enjoyed it some didn't. It's a fairly long hike, uphill most of the way in, downhill back. The lake is interesting but nothing like the beauty of Maroon Bells. If you are fit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

My boyfriend and I hiked this beautiful trail today ( 12th of November) and it was just beautiful! We had a lot of snow, which was perfect because you had not the problem with too many rocks on the trail. The hike is moderate not too easy or strong. We couldn't see moose or deer but the scenery was stunning.... More 

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houston
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

hike to this lake while at Maroon Bells lovely ran into a group of children who were out on field trip, but once they left it was quiet and peaceful

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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47 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

What a beautiful hike! Definitely wear proper hiking shoes as the terrain is quite rocky. We went at the peak of the fall foliage and it was the highlight of our trip to Aspen. We left the Maroon Bells lake area about 7am and it took us about an hour and a half to get to Crater Lake. It was... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

With proper footwear and warning of the terrain of this trail, it is absolutely wonderful! The perfect length, gorgeous 360-degree views -- full of wildlife too (spotted some pikas along the way). Certain parts are a bit rocky, but the trail is well-maintained. Lots of people around, so I'd recommend visiting early in the day to avoid peak crowds. If... More 

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Wellfleet, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

This was a very enjoyable hike in the Maroon Bells. We were able to drive right up to the trailhead since it was just past the prime season. The trail was well marked and easy to walk on. It was a very busy trail so you saw all sorts of people coming and going along the way.

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Roswell, Georgia
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

This hike is a 4 mile out n back through beautiful scenery. Awesome views of the maroon bells as you climb. It's a little steep for a bit after a relaxed start, then levels out before reaching the lake. Here, the photo ops are unbelievable. Watch the weather, and go early to avoid crowds.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

This is a great moderate trail, not too hard and not too easy. A good trail that ends at the lake. The lake is beautiful but changes each season according to the rainfall. The last few seasons it has been quite low but still a lovely hike. Be sure to bring water and sun protection.

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Denver, Colorado
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 via mobile

This hike is rated moderate and I would agree but good hiking shoes are essential. The trail is very rocky and a bit steep in some parts. Allow a couple of hours up and back, more if you want to spend some time at lovely Crater Lake. It's definitely worth the effort but be prepared for crowds unless you start... More 

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