Maroon-Snowmass Trail to Willow Lake is a 12.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until September.
Directions from Aspen: Drive 1/2 mile west of Aspen on Highway 82 and turn left onto Maroon Creek Road at the roundabout. Keep right and continue 9 1/2 miles to the Maroon Lake Parking Area.From mid-June through September, the Maroon Creek Road is closed from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and you will need to take a shuttle bus from Ruby Park in Aspen. The bus includes an informative guided tour of the valley. Contact the Roaring Fork Transit Agency at 925-8484 for more information.
7/19/2016: Maroon Lake, Crater Lake, Buckskin Pass, Willow Pass. Incredible scenery, tough elevations.
This is a beautiful, strenuous and rewarding hike. You can experience Maroon Lake, Crater Lake, Willow Pass and Willow Lake all in one hike. I recommend starting early as the majority of the hike is above treeline and very exposed to the sun. You have no shade from the final ascent to Willow Pass until Willow Lake. Keep in mind, you'll be ascending again on the way back from the lake, so save some energy for that significant 1.5 mile incline, let alone the remaining descent back to Maroon Lake. Wildflowers were abundant in late July as were pika and marmots. It was a very quiet hike on a Thursday morning. I kept a decent pace with a brief break at the lake and finished the hike in 7-8 hours.
Hiked up this trail 1st day , Then set up camp.2002-09-15