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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 58 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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illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Not seasoned hikers but definitely gave us all a sense of accomplishment. Not easy and some rocky terrain. Uphill almost all the way so breaks were needed. May want to adjust to altitude before doing this.

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Snowmass Village, Colorado
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64 reviews 64 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

This is a gorgeous 1.2 mile hike that goes from Maroon Lake up to a smaller, equally scenic lake i.e. Crater Lake. Take a picnic and explore. For those seeking more of a work out you can climb either right and continue up to Buckskin Pass or Willow lake or right up to West Maroon Pass (one of the ways... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We are avid hikers in our 50's this hike was 75% rocks some quite steep we have done all moderate hikes and this one was very hard on the knees and feet! would not recommend except for young bones. I wish someone would of warned us

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This trail is slightly more advanced, with a pretty big elevation change. You will not be able to get a stroller on it, and I do not recommend having to carry any children, it is about 1.6 miles to the lake and then there are more "game trails" around that lead to hike in campsites to explore. My wife and... More

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Newport coast
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

It can get steep, but once you get to the lake, you'll be rewarded. Wear good hiking boots; uneven, rocky terrain.

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Washington, DC
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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Don't miss this hike to Crater lake! My only regret is that we didn't bring a lunch with us. I figured we had just eaten breakfast and wouldn't be hungry but after the uphill climb you're definitely ready for some kind of snack and drink when you get to the top!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The 3.5 mile trail to Crater Lake has one beautiful view after another. The trail is steep in some places, but if you take your time, not difficult. TAKE WATER. You need to stay hydrated for sure. The air is so crisp and clear.

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Benton, Wisconsin
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Highly recommend this if you don't mind a hike. This was one of my favorite parts of Colorado. Its a moderate hike and takes about 3-4 hours to hike to the lake and back. It was rocky, fairly steep, and muddy in some areas. Bring water, lunch or a snack, and make sure you have decent shoes on. This is... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

The Maroon Bells soar above you. Lake serene and clear. We napped on the grass before walking down. Rock slides make the trip a bit challenging. Glad we went for it.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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58 reviews 58 reviews
12 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This really gets good once you leave the maroon bells lake area...nice mix of pines, aspens, and of course boulders! We hit snow about 2/3 of way to the lake and that proved fun and interesting. Lake is beautiful! Bring lunch or a snack

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