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“Got it done this year and glad we did.”
Review of Crater Lake Trail

Crater Lake Trail
Ranked #12 of 111 things to do in Aspen
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Owner description: This easy, one-day hike from Maroon Lake is a great outing for the entire family.
Reviewed September 9, 2013

We had tried it last year but was a bit more than we bargained for that day so said we would be better prepared with water etc next time. We enjoyed a fairly strenous hike up into the Maroon Bells with great view. The lake was a little disappointing compared to Hanging Lake which was a shorter but more strenuous climb. We were glad we made the hike and enjoyed hiking a few more miles out on the West Maroon trail.

Thank Al A
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Get to Maroon Bells early to take pictures and then start on your hike to Crater Lake through groves of Aspen trees. Round trip hike, including lots of picture taking was roughly 2.5 hours.

3  Thank paintedtoenails2011
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

I accidentally reviewed this under Maroon Bells. But this is a wonderful hike! Take a picnic with you to sit by the lake and enjoy!

Thank c3pon
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

My wife and sister did this hike twice. A real workout, bring layers, and gloves. Be wary of rain, so a poncho may be needed.

Thank rpcmkr
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

Awesome easy to moderate hike through aspens, beautiful views to the lake. We drove up and started at about 7:30 (you need to get there before 9am if you have a car – otherwise you have to take the bus). It costs $10 to enter the park. It was well worth starting early as the trail gets very crowded (and we were there on a Monday). When you get to the lake, just sit and enjoy the beauty surrounding you – we spent at least an hour there. Many people continued further along the trail but when we asked, everyone agreed the most stunning scenery was right there at the lake. The trail is well maintained – it does have a lot of rock on the trail. We were back in town to enjoy a leisurely afternoon.

Thank RBonTheLake
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