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Crater Lake Trail

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Address: Forest Rd.380, Aspen, CO 81611
Phone Number: +1 970 925 3445 (Forest Service)
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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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Nice Easy Hike

I took the bust up to the parking lot at the Maroon Bells from Aspen Highlands. It took about 25 minutes to get to the top. The hike to Crater Lake from the parking lot is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Don C
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I took the bust up to the parking lot at the Maroon Bells from Aspen Highlands. It took about 25 minutes to get to the top. The hike to Crater Lake from the parking lot is 30-60 minutes depending on your pace. The view is well worth the hike. It can be a little crowded. You van drive up[ before... More 

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East Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pass the crowds at Maroon Bells and hike 1 hr to Crater lake. Very scenic. 2 hrs roundtrip. Rocky, so wear good hiking shoes.

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Thank Brandy P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Captivating views of the mountains! Hike takes about 1.5 hrs and roughly 3.5 miles long. It's a popular trail so there can be traffic during the weekends. The path leading up to it has some unclear forks so pay attention and follow the trail.

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Centennial, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Def worth the hike. It gets rocky near the end but the crater lake is beautiful! And so much easier to take pics of without 100s of tourists around. I was surprised at how many ppl drove in only to see maroon bells then leave!

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just up a well groomed trail you're treated to spectacular water falls and scenery that's unmatched. The hike is easy and very simple for most.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Be sure to have experience in back roads if you attempt this trail. The roads are very narrow and several tight switchbacks. The trail has steep drop offs that are scary for a novice. The stretch before the waterfall is a nail biting experience due to the steep drop off (above tree line) and bumpy narrow road which at times... More 

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Plano, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

We really enjoyed this trail. There are a number of scenic views along the way. Crater lake was beautiful and clear. We saw a number of chipmunks and a couple of moose in the lake. This is a rocky trail and recommend hiking boots or closed toe (waterproof) shoes. Also, take plenty of water. In June there was still some... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Early June finds snow drifts on the upper part of the trail but lovely hiking temperatures and parking in the Maroon Lake lot which is not accessable in late June thru September. Mid-morning have the trail to yourself. Everywhere your eyes see incredible vistas worthy of photos.

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Austin, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

We decided to hike the Crater Lake trail while we were at the Maroon Bells. This hike is gorgeous! We were there in early June and there was still a good bit of snow on the ground, which made certain areas of the trail very slippery. The views are totally worth the hike. We ended up doing both this trail... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

We picked a beautiful sunny morning for our hike to Crater Lake. We made it half way up the trail before encountering snow. We followed the footprints with success and arrived at Crater Lake in about an hour. The trail is rocky with a steady incline but manageable. We took a backpack with water and snacks and enjoyed the scenery.... More 

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