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Crater Lake Trail

Forest Rd.380, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970-925-3445
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Must Do if you don't mind a bit of hiking

Same great views as down by Maroon Lake (Crater Lake is just a bit further up the same valley), but... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
skerstraveler
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Lincoln, Nebraska
Beware of snow!

There was a lot of snow when we hiked this trail in June. The trail length is very deceiving! It... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ginas418
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DeLand, Florida
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This easy, one-day hike from Maroon Lake is a great outing for the entire family.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good20%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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Forest Rd.380, Aspen, CO 81611
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Same great views as down by Maroon Lake (Crater Lake is just a bit further up the same valley), but with far fewer people. A moderately difficult 45 minute hike, but not too terrible and definitely well worth it. Pack a lunch and make at...More

Thank skerstraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago

There was a lot of snow when we hiked this trail in June. The trail length is very deceiving! It seemed like we walked FOREVER to get to the lake. There were many times when we could not fully see the trail because of the...More

Thank Ginas418
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of the most scenic hikes I have ever taken. Walking on snow and yet feeling hot in Tees. It was not a hard hike at all. You have to climb a few hundred feet so if not from Colorado, pace yourself breathing....More

Thank samar r
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of the many trails that we hiked. The trail was in good condition and there were great views. We were there in the fall to see the leaf color changes and we weren't disappointed. Late September seems to be a good choice...More

Thank travelerkent
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The trail was a little difficult due to the snow. But if you don't care about falling on your butt a few times it's 100% worth the time and effort to take this trail and enjoy the view at the very end.

Thank diddles7070
Reviewed March 15, 2017 via mobile

Hike can be done by small children to older people...make sure to wear good shoes and watch your footing. You can roll an ankle very easy. When you make it up top be sure to find the alpine swing it's so fun to swing from...More

2  Thank Ryan F
Reviewed January 4, 2017

This is a trail you can take from the where the bus drop you off at Maroon bells. It takes about an hr to get there and its really pretty. I'm not a bid hiker so that's why it takes me that long. I like...More

2  Thank Betty R
Reviewed December 10, 2016

HIke: I consider myself to be athletic and this hike was tough. Very rocky! Be prepared to have the proper footwear. Those hiking in flip flops - Beware!! Very slippery and rocky which is a combination for a really bad sprained ankle or fall. I...More

1  Thank TravelerAGG
Reviewed November 22, 2016

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....More

4  Thank i2ibass
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...More

1  Thank Craig S
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auntierah
I thought this trail was a walking trail? From your comment, it seems that it's an off-road driving trail? Is that right? I'm confused. Appreciate any help. I'm planning to be there next week. Thanks!
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
How long does the hike take? Someone told me 7 hrs but the reviews I read here didn't take near that long. Thanks!
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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