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We hiked in the snow. It was rather steep and the elevation got to over 10,000 feet. We would do it... read more

Reviewed November 21, 2018
A good hike

Crater Lake is A mile and a half from the Maroon Lake on the west Maroon Pass trail. It is not a... read more

Reviewed October 28, 2018
James W
Aspen, Colorado
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This easy, one-day hike from Maroon Lake is a great outing for the entire family.
Forest Rd.380, Aspen, CO 81611
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Reviewed November 21, 2018

We hiked in the snow. It was rather steep and the elevation got to over 10,000 feet. We would do it again.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 28, 2018

Crater Lake is A mile and a half from the Maroon Lake on the west Maroon Pass trail. It is not a forest road and is Wilderness, so no mechanical vehicles are allowed off of Forest Road 380 which goes to the Maroon Bells /Maroon...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank James W
Reviewed September 22, 2018

Hiked up from Maroon Bells with a picnic. Gentle incline, but technical because of the rocks. It took us several hours and is not for the out of shape. Been up here when the lake is full. Not so this time. Still beautiful and worth...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 21, 2018

This trail is so rocky that it makes for very difficult walking. I had a sore foot and all the rocks on this trail made it so much worse. Walking on a flat surface would have been okay. Unless you are fit and part mountain...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 18, 2018 via mobile

We were under the impression that this was an easy trail...it was not. Not being acclimated to the elevation and being out of shape didn’t help either. I made it to the top though. Breath taking views and worth the trip. The lake was dried...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 16, 2018

This is a great hike if you want to see the Maroon Bells up close. Crater Lake itself may be dried up depending on the time of year (and the amount of snow the previous winter), but it's really the Bells that are the main...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 10, 2018

This trail is made more difficult because of the rocks. It does not gain much elivation and can be hiked by most anyone in reasonable physical condition. Good hiking boots, trekking poles, first aide kit, and plenty of water is a must. Go early to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 20, 2018

Went on the Crater Lake Trail which was an easy hike to a lake with the beauty of the Maroon Bells in the background. Since the summer was a bit hotter, much of the lake was dried up, but the the Maroon Bells was worth...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 19, 2018

While there are pretty views at this trail, it isn't the most well maintained and can be rocky in places. I wouldn't say this is enjoyable.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed August 17, 2018

Tiny, mostly dried up lakebed. Good views to the mountain peaks beyond but the lake is a disappointment. Perhaps it depends on the time of year and snowfall from the previous winter.

Date of experience: July 2018
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September 5, 2018|
Response from shannas704 | Reviewed this property |
No, there are not. The are restrooms at the base by the parking lot
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August 5, 2018|
Response from pierrec577 | Reviewed this property |
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July 6, 2018|
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Response from shannas704 | Reviewed this property |
It's over a mile. I'm in pretty good shape and am prepared for the altitude. It's an easy hike, won't take long at all. An hour and a half or so
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Colorado vacation (summer)-where to go? (7 Replies)
My girlfriend and I will be vacationing in Colorado the second week of June (flying into Denver Saturday, June, and flying out the following Saturday). I need help planning the trip out haha. I'm looking for advice on scenic routes, hiking trails, historical areas, things to do, etc. We're both in our early twenties and are open to do pretty much anything. My plan so far is to head up to the Boulder area, staying a night or two and visiting Rocky Mountain National Park. Then I want to head...More
April 14, 2014|
Response fromGallivanter|
I changed our flight. We will be flying into Denver early Saturday morning and leaving the following Sunday. I know I won't be able to do all of the things..that was just a list of ideas to choose from. I was hoping someone could guide me a little and reccomend things I should choose over others haha. I've been to Colorado once about 7 or 8 years ago but that was solely for elk Hunting. I didn't get to see much of anything.
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Silver Bar Campground to Maroon Bells (5 Replies)
I will be spending 1 night at Silver Bar campground, Fri Sept. 8th. I will not arrive to the area until around 1 pm. Will I have the same parking issues as everyone else parking that time of day at Maroon Bells or do I receive some type of parking privilege staying at Silver Bar? If there is no parking advantage for campers what is the best way to get from Silver Bar to Maroon Bells? Bus I assume, where do you pick it up? Is Crater Lake trail worth doing vs just doing the trail around...More
June 21, 2017|
Response fromdmac|
Thanks for this. Does this mean even if Maroon Bells parking lot is full there is an area for campers to park? $5 car pass is required in addition to camping fee. The car pass waives your entrance fee and gives you unrestricted access to your campsite and the Maroon Bells