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Address: Forest Rd.380, Aspen, CO 81611
Phone Number: +1 970-925-3445
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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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The hardest 1.4 mile hike I have done.

Thought that this hike would be easy from Maroon Lake and didn't realize a lot of hike was over loose rock. Great view when you get there but must wear good hiking shoes. People... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 26, 2016
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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DFW
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love to hike, but this one was not our favorite, It's a long hike up, a moderate trail, very rocky and uneven hiking, and you arrive after all your effort to find a dry lake bed. Very disappointed we spent several hours for that. Perhaps others will find it with water in it next year.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Thought that this hike would be easy from Maroon Lake and didn't realize a lot of hike was over loose rock. Great view when you get there but must wear good hiking shoes. People in running shoes were complaining and those in street shoes either turned back or were just plain foolish.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

This hike is beautiful, especially in fall. The views are breathtaking. Crater lake is worth visiting and the best part was that it was graupeling when we hiked up there. Such a calm, serene place with wooden logs to sit and enjoy the nature!

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Peyton, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

This is a gorgeous hike. The views are amazing. The trail is rocky, so wear good shoes. Crater lake is a great place to take a picnic lunch.

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

This is a great way to get away from the maroon bells crowds, but if you are looking for a pristine wilderness experience, choose a different hike.

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Columbus, Indiana, United States
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

For some reason our walk has to be rewarded but a view... well so we were a bit disappointed. I guess if you just want a walk: this is fine. It took us about an hour to go to the crater and 30mn to come down

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

This trail which is 1.4 miles from the end of Willow Lake is a great way to get up into the wilderness a bit and explore. I actually ran most of it though it's rocky and rough in places. Still, the trail is quite nice. I will say, though, that the Crater Lake itself was a bit underwhelming at the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

After taking the scenic loop we decided to do the crater lake trail in hopes of some different vantage points of the aspens and the bells. Were disappointed that the views were mostly limited (in the trees), the lake was dry and the trail was extremely rocky. I would only take this trail for exercise.

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Stonington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

The views I mentioned on my Maroon Bells review- spectacular. We were there on a Wednesday morning and by 11, the trail was crowded with people. It was still worth every step. The colors in September are hard to describe they are so amazing, like the trees were on fire, the sky so blue it looked photoshopped and the mountains... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

We enjoyed the hike through the aspens to get to the lake. Only problem on the hike itself is that the trail is very rocky and requires a lot of attention. The aspen trees are fantastic, as are the views early on looking down to Maroon Lake. The lake itself was not very full when we were there (September), but... More 

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