Maroon Peak Trail is a 11.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Offers arguably the best views in the state but is a difficult climb requiring scrambling over loose rock.
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!
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.
Love Maroon Bell Park and all the hiking and wildlife around the lakes its an amazing place !!
Top 5 hikes in Colorado!
The scenery was absolutely gorgeous, but there were hundreds of other people there. The trail is narrow, so it can be difficult to navigate around the other people, but like I said - its absolutely gorgeous.
We saw some wildlife (deer) but immediately after being spotted, other tourists started chasing after them and yelling at them. Just prepare yourself for other people to be loud and obnoxious.
No elevation gain. Well shaded. This would be a great hike during the fall with fall colors.
This is the most beautiful mountain hike I've ever done. I loved the reflection of the mountain off maroon lake and crater lake. Also it was cool to hike through an Aspen forest. If you are looking for a scenic hike I highly recommend this spot!
Short and sweet trail with the family. Lots of beautiful wildflowers, a placid lake, and of course, the breathtaking maroon bells. This short hike has so much to see. It took about 30 minutes with lots of stops for picture-taking. It is very narrow in places with thick overgrowth on both sides, so make sure you load up with bug spray. There are some small muddy spots, however, this is a very easy hike.
One of the best hike to enjoy the autumn colors. Super easy terrain and the scenery will take your breath away. Highly recommend for family with young children or older parents.
Beautiful and easy.
The views are worth fighting the crowds. That said, if I weren't unprepared, I would have taken one of the more serious of the several hikes available. There appeared to be less people on those trails, and perhaps even better views.
A scenic, short 2 loop trail that starts at Maroon Lakes far side. Follows the stream,going by a couple of beaver dams. Very scenic views of Maroon Bells with great possibilities of reflections of the Bells in the Lake and the ponds above the lake!
One of Colorado's most photographed areas. Great views of the Maroon Bells, Maroon Valley and White River National Forest. The Maroon Bells for a backdrop to a glacial valley. A must do, fun, short hike.