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Crater Lake Trail

Maroon Creek Road, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970 925 3445 (Forest Service)
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Ranked #10 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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Evergreen, Colorado
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

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
18 helpful votes 18 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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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 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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21 reviews 21 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 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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London
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This trail enables one to penetrate a little into the mountains, away from crowded Maroon Lake. The path is rocky but easy to negotiate if one is reasonably fit/active, and Crater Lake is pretty.

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London, United Kingdom
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

I set off at 3:00 in the afternoon and I was back by 5:30. (I'm 64) Great view of Maroon Lake half way up. Just far enough away so you can't see the crowds walking along the lakeside. Crater Lake isn't that beautiful, but it is a pleasant hike, provided you stop to admire the view occasionally (ie catch your... More

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