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Crater Lake Trail

Maroon Creek Road, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970 925 3445 (Forest Service)
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Ranked #13 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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Raymore, Missouri
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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Yes, yes I know it is the Rocky Mountains, but this was an incredibly Rocky climb, making a somewhat short hike feel much longer than it was. The hike takes you to the base of the Maroon Bells, making an absolutely stunning backdrop. I personally preferred Maroon Lake and the fishing it offered, but I am glad we did this... More

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

wow, wow, wow, this is a steep and rocky climb but worth the effort, the lake is crystal clear the beauty is unmatched. A must do

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Port Clinton
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Wow... what can you say but fantastic views , fresh air and beautiful blue skies! Rocky Mountains for the novice hiker at its best. This 3.6 mile round trip hike is perfect! Loved every minute !

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The easy trail around Maroon Lake is a stark contrast to the rocky and uphill hike to Crater Lake. I would call this a moderate hike, and as my 67 year old body attests, I lacked for oxygen many times along the easily found trail. But, at the end of the hike, the gorgeous views of Maroon Bells at the... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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165 reviews 165 reviews
29 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

A well used trail, not for those seeking solitude or an easy hike. Still worth while if you have two hours on a sunny day. Pack water and an extra layer of weather proof clothing as you never know what weather you will encounter at 9,500 feet elevation. Be sure and bring your camera. Best time to visit is in... More

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Longmont, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This hike is primarily about the journey - there are great views and picture opportunities all along the trail. Crater Lake itself is rather small and ordinary as far as alpine lakes go but the whole picture /context make it a great way to spend a morning. Take it slow along the trail, notice the views & the aspens, hear... More

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Denver, Colorado
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6 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The view at Crater Lake is worth the hike...can be tackled by intermediate hikers and is a little over a 3 mile loop. Path is VERY rocky and very easy to trip. Saw lots of people walking with walking sticks to help them along the path.

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Kansas City
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The hike up took us about 1 hour up and 35 minutes to get back down. We started about 10am and the trail was already crowded. Not the most difficult hike we've done, but still challenging. We did this on our third full day in Aspen. I don't understand the people wearing jeans and open toed shoes! There were numerous... More

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19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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