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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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Gorgeous mountain range

The mountain range was the prettiest part of the hike. We wanted to take it because it is such a well known hike. You have to take a bus to the trail. The cost for us was $5 to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Shannacfa
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The mountain range was the prettiest part of the hike. We wanted to take it because it is such a well known hike. You have to take a bus to the trail. The cost for us was $5 to park and $8 per person for the bus....so approximately $40. The trail was crowded and VERY rocky. You definitely need to... More 

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Burleigh Dc
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very pleasant way to spend two to three hours with a gentle ( sometime not so gentle)uphill hike.Take walking shoes as this is a hike not a short stroll.Take water and some snacks for a break when you get to crater lake

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This trail is one of the most popular from the Maroon Bells area. Most people just walk the scenic loop, but then most of the rest do the hike to Crater Lake. The trail was busy, but people were friendly and let you pass if they were slow. The trail is well maintained, with shortcuts discouraged. The lake at the... More 

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Westminster, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Worth the climb! So many types of landscape! Really beautiful - as other have said, it is rocky so wear good shoes.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

About 3.6 miles return - same route there and back. Rather rocky and steep at times. Beautiful view of Maroon Lake about half way up. It took us about 2 hrs up and 1 hr down at a leisurely pace. Absolutely worth it - for the views and the satisfaction!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 July 12, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 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 July 4, 2016

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 June 27, 2016

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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