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backpacking
6 days ago

Popularly rated as one of the most spectacular hikes in America, this circuit is perfect for backpacking. A friend and I attempted to do this as a 2 day (1 night) backpacker, but due to inclement weather got pushed to a 2 night (slightly over 48 hr) finish. Thunderstorms at 12000+ ft are not to be trifled with. Picture perfect from start to finish, this loop features ever wildly changing scenery to keep even hikers with the shortest of attention spans interested.

hiking
19 days ago

As others have commented....this trail is rocky but totally worth it !! My GPS clocked in at 3.7 Miles and 614ft of altitude gain so YMMV. Bring water!! The trail is well marked and well traveled. If you get there before sunrise, you can drive your car to the trail head without much issue.

Amazing and the kids loved every step!

We did this trail in late October 2016, it was 16 miles out and back according to my phone. There is a moderate incline over a long span which makes the hike more bearable. The last 2 miles are very uphill but the view is worth it. We were the only ones in the hot spring on a Sunday afternoon which was lovely. We hiked back down in the same day and made it to the car before the sun went down.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy hike lots of bikers and some horses. We did see some wild life and the scenery is amazing as you gain elevation. Very easy hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail...only difficult part was finding a parking spot (Oct 23?- shuttle not running). Rocky trail with altitude gain so plan accordingly...appropriate hiking shoes (yes, don't wear high heels, flip flops or Berkenstock clogs) and bring water. Lots of dogs on the trail, too.

Gorgeous views. Although the lake had dried up, it was worth it to hike all the way up there.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely incredible views. Take a look at the car parking/mandatory shuttle schedule on Aspen's website before you go. Also, if it's anytime near fall season, you'd better plan on getting there well before sunrise to get away from crowds!

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked this trail on Saturday, Oct 2nd, and it was gorgeous! The fall colors surrounding the Bells were absolutely beautiful this time of year. Bring your camera!

hiking
2 months ago

Such an amazing place to visit - I arrived too late in the day to do the Crater Lake hike, which was a bummer. But I just enjoyed the view, walked around and took some pictures. If I had it to do over again, I would have gone very early in the morning (before the buses start running at 8am) because it does get crowded and the lighting is better for pictures in the morning. I can't wait to come back!

hiking
2 months ago

Breathtaking. Did maybe 6 mi of the trail. Unfortunately my camera died and I couldn't capture -- however, we all know it wouldn't have lived up to the views anyway! Highly recommend.