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West Maroon Trail

Aspen, CO
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Ranked #12 of 59 attractions in Aspen
Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking
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Aspen, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Beautiful 11 mile hike to Crested Butte from Maroon bells parking lot. took about 5.5 hours with a lunch break on top of West Maroon and some snack/photo stops. Got a shuttle (dolly shuttles) into Crested butte town from the end of the trail above Emerald lake.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Amazing!!! Incredibly beautiful, especially when the wildflowers are in bloom. I wrote a post describing the hike and logistics. For additional information, see my post "West Maroon Trail / Crested Butte to Aspen"

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Naples, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Great hike along clean and cold stream with vistas, moose and waterfalls. take a picnic and plenty of water.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Hiked from Aspen to Crested Butte and back on this trail. It is spectacular! The hike from CB to Aspen is definitely easier. We live at sea level and struggled for air on the climb both ways, but the climb on the Aspen side seemed longer and steeper. Wildflowers in late July were amazing....especially on the CB side. Used Alpine... More

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Avon, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Great hike... amazing scenery. My best advice is to pack along a pair of Tevas or Chacos if you are heading up to the top of the pass & beyond. There are several creek crossings on the Aspen side (above Crater Lake), and you will not want wet hiking boots (gaiters will not help you as the water in mid-July... More

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Snowmass Village, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The shortest way to hike to Crested Butte (approx 7 miles). If you are headed from Aspen you will start at Maroon lake 10,200 ft and summit at West Maroon Pass at approx 12,500 feet. This is a burner. I find it easier to hike from Crested Butte to Aspen. Lots of gorgeous wildflowers and wild raspberry bushes. Note there... More

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

If animals are along the paths rangers keep you away. Even on a weekday afernoon there were many visitors.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Having completed the overnight hiking trip from Aspen to Crested Butte over the Maroon Passes the last week of Sept 2013 with three friends from the U.K., I'd thought I'd take the opportunity to provide a trip report to help others attempting to do the same. We arrived in Aspen from Denver on a Sunday, with plans to a hike... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Our first day hike in the Maroon Bells and it was amazing! As it moderately climbs through beautiful stands of Aspen we hiked beyond Crater Lake and into the forest and across several scree fields. Very scenic with many stream crossings and a constant view of the pass. Sure wish we had planned to go on to Crested Butte...next time!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013 via mobile

My daughter is getting married in November and we decided to do our last father-daughter trip to Aspen, with the focal point being the Aspen to Created Butte hike via the Western Maroon Trail. We secured a map and valuable info from the friendly staff at Ute Mountaineer in Aspen. We packed our backpacks with water, energy bars, and sandwiches... More

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