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Crater Lake Trail

Forest Rd.380, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970-925-3445
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Hike to Crater Lake

This is an enjoyable hike up to the lake and offers great up close views of the Maroon Bells... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Larry D
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Greenwood, Indiana
worth the hike!

bring lots of water. and please don't leave trash. lots of uneven rocks to walk on, so bring a... read more

Reviewed April 22, 2018
anengineeredtraveler
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Newport Beach, California
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This easy, one-day hike from Maroon Lake is a great outing for the entire family.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“moderate hike” (14 reviews)
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Forest Rd.380, Aspen, CO 81611
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"crater lake"
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"moderate hike"
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"maroon bells"
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"proper footwear"
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"great hike"
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"loose rocks"
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"wear good shoes"
in 7 reviews
"worth the climb"
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"catch your breath"
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"mile round trip hike"
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"bring water"
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"early june"
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"hiking boots"
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"pack a lunch"
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"easy hike"
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"buckskin pass"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an enjoyable hike up to the lake and offers great up close views of the Maroon Bells. There is some elevation gain and the trail is very rocky but worth the effort. My four year old grandson was able to do the hike...More

1  Thank Larry D
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Reviewed April 22, 2018

bring lots of water. and please don't leave trash. lots of uneven rocks to walk on, so bring a walking stick. worth the hike. best when it's not crowded early June or late September.

1  Thank anengineeredtraveler
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Reviewed March 13, 2018

The Crater Lake trail is crowded in the summer months, but absolutely stunning. The hike is not challenging and allows for a light work out while enjoying some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. The experience is something that will be acarried with...More

3  Thank Shanna S
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Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

This place truly is beautiful but it gets too crowded and all the rednecks and gapers are completely inconsiderate and destroy the beauty.

1  Thank Kenneth R
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Reviewed October 21, 2017

Kind of challenging going up, but worth the trip to Crater Lake. Plan on 3 1/2 to 4 hours too hike it round trip.

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Reviewed October 13, 2017

I have hiked this trail many times over the years. Wear good hiking boots because there are lots of rocks and boulders, otherwise enjoy!

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Reviewed October 8, 2017

After being dropped off by the bus, took the short walk to the lake at the bus area/restroom/water station and decided to take the trail to Crater Lake. Trail was wet, slippery, had lots of loose rocks, and very crowded with lots of people. You...More

Thank FloridaRB
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Reviewed October 7, 2017 via mobile

The hike to Crater Lake takes you to the base of the Maroon Bells. The hike is about 4 miles round trip. It is at altitude and can be strenuous if you are out of shape but it is worth it. Go early as it...More

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Reviewed October 6, 2017 via mobile

This was a gorgeous little hike. No scrambling. Regular mtn trail w some rocks. Never very steep. Took us less than an hour to get to the lake & the whole way was just beautiful. What a gorgeous scene when you reach crater lake! I'm...More

1  Thank aimee c
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Reviewed September 28, 2017 via mobile

Taking a hike up to Crater lake in late September is really unmatched for aspen viewing. The entire hike is surrounded by aspens and when in their fullest golden glory, it is an absolute must-do and bucket list type of thing. What an amazing place....More

2  Thank bguth11
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springcincinnati
February 2, 2018|
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Response from Marco_Rider | Reviewed this property |
If the Maroon Bells entrance is closed when you are there, you would not be able to do the hike. From the park rangers station, its a good 3 miles drive into the parking area for Maroon Bells. Then a 10 minute hike just to... More
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auntierah
July 22, 2016|
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Response from Diana R | Reviewed this property |
There is a parking lot at Maroon Lake. During the summer you can drive up before 8 am. After 8 am it's by bus. The hike to Crater Lake starts here. In May it took us an hour and a half because of snow.
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MorkyMork
July 19, 2015|
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Response from rdangell | Reviewed this property |
It took us about 4 1/2 hours to make the complete circle, and we' went really slow. I think most people were completing it in around 3 hours.
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