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Yes, it's as amazing as you hear or read. The scenic route is an easy hike, with the option to go on up to Crater Lake which I highly recommend.
If you can, go for a sunrise hike on a weekday, it's the best way to experience the experience.
The fall foliage is unreal, but at that time (like in Oct of 2016) Crater Lake can be one dry and Maroon Lake low.
Best seasons are spring and summer.
One of my favorite places for photography in CO. Shocker!
Maroon Bells in the fall, there's a reason this area gets so many visitors. Seeing the Aspen change color in Aspen, CO should be on everyone's bucket list. Trailhead parking was closed so we jumped on the Aspen shuttle bus with our dog. Maroon Lake was a madhouse with visitors, lots of tourists. A quick hike through the woods and then you're at Crater Lake, which will be considerably less crowded and will take you a lot closer to the Bells.
Such a beautiful hike! Creeks, aspens, fields with wildflowers, hot springs... doesn't get any better than this. It can be a little tough at times with the elevation gain, but it's all worth it! Love the little camping area in the trees too.
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.
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.