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hiking
17 hours ago

Colors were great.

hiking
1 day ago

My new favorite fall hike! Challenging but not too difficult. Stunning with the aspens and the lake.

What a pleasant surprise. This trail begins as a rocky road with mtn bikers. It wasn't terribly exciting and the fall colors were limited. Then at the junction, the aspens improved. Many people were confused by the number of lakes, first lake on right is more like a large pond, then second lake on right is nice by the best views are at the third lake where no one went!! We had it to ourselves except for the SALAMANDERS. So Cool! Pics and details here: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/09/20/road-trip-to-the-rockies-a-weekend-in-aspen/

Steep, but pretty fall colors and lovely lake! Pics and more details here: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/09/20/road-trip-to-the-rockies-a-weekend-in-aspen/

hiking
1 day ago

I hate this hike. It’s all up hill, on lose rocks, FULL OF PEOPLE, you have to pay $8 just to get there, and the lake is more like a dried up small bog. Next!

Gorgeous day today. This trail is as amazing but it is extremely rocky. The leaves could not have been more splendid. Highly recommend this hike.

Wonderful hike mostly shaded by the aspens. This is a perfect time to capture the colors of fall! Rocky the last quarter. Crater Lake is dry, but the location offers a spectacular view of the Maroon Bells and the glorious, brilliant aspens.

hiking
2 days ago

Nice views of maroon bells. It is a steady up, and trail is rocky pretty much the whole way, but beautiful fall colors against the ‘maroon’ colored mountains. It does have a lot of people traffic

trail running
3 days ago

No better time of year than now. Stunning scenery with aspens turning and perfect weather.

Beautiful views of the Maroon Bells.

hiking
6 days ago

Tough trail, definitely a beautiful lake. Not sure I’d need to do it again.

Lovely hike up. Weather perfect. Lake dry but colours in full swing

hiking
8 days ago

Loved this hike. Started at Lost Msbn TH and walked up to what might be described as the head of the valley about halfway before turning back. Pity this 'loop' trail doesn't end back at he same spot. A real walkers hike rather than a climb at least for the part I did. Super views and open all the way. Saw one person on the way back in the afternoon, a hunter looking for deer. Hope he didn't find any.

on The Grottos Trail

hiking
8 days ago

It’s fine. Not a hike. A great spot to stop, have some lunch, and dip your toes in the refreshing mountain water. Very poorly marked trails, so you just kinda wander around.

on Crater Lake Trail

hiking
8 days ago

Great views of the aspens and scree throughout this short and sweet hike. The lake at the end is very dry, but it’s a fun new view of the Bells. Given that this is the only hike greater than a mile but less than 20 miles at the Bells, it’s worth doing.

Beautiful colors throughout the hike up and back. We had a warm sunny day, Crater lake is a little dried up but the views with the Aspen color changes were worth the hike up.

Even though this trail is rated as moderate, I thought it was hard. There were a couple steep pushes over rocky terrain. Trail is well marked. It took us 2 1/2 hours to get there and 1 1/2 hours to get back. We stopped a lot. The lake was well worth the effort. One of the prettiest lakes I’ve seen.

A great trail, but be prepared for some elevation gain. There was a mix of aspen stands and conifer forest. The lake is beautiful and totally worth the time spent on the trail.

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful trail, scenery changes with the weather as it opens up expansive views of the glaciers.

on Crater Lake Trail

hiking
17 days ago

Gorgeous views. Look for the Pika in the boulder field. The would make a cry when we walked by that we originally thought was a bird until we start spotting the little guys.

Up hill most of the way up. Switchbacks galore. Challenging but great little hike, saw lots of wildlife. Be aware, it’s hunting season. Throw on some orange!

loved it!

25 days ago

Great hike...tough and really steep most of the way up. Beautiful views. Glad I did it.

hiking
25 days ago

Great views, though the lake was pretty empty. Fairly easy hike. Heard there was a moose at the lower lake right by the trail head. I hike with my pup so we avoided that. Hung out at the lake for a while and headed back down. It was a pretty easy in and out. A good chunk is in the sun though, so be prepared with sunscreen or a hat! Bus system was also not bad at all. Didn’t have to wait more than 5 mins at either end.

hiking
1 month ago

Love it

Great Views. Only complaint was that it was very rocky so it was challenging for the dogs at times.

hiking
1 month ago

Rocky but moderate hike. Summer 2018 Crater Lake is more like a pond but we burned the calories so we could eat more great food in Aspen.

hiking
1 month ago

Great stop for kids to explore.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful scenery the entire walk and quite spectacular at the top. Considering the low mileage the solitude at the top was surprising.

hiking
1 month ago

We were told by the bus driver that Crater Lake was a lot more dried up this year, and that was completely obvious once we saw the lake. I’m sure it would have been a lot more attractive if the water were higher. But pretty views throughout the hike! Saw a ton of families, so should be doable for most kiddos. And if you have a dog, they’ll probably enjoy cooling off in the lake at the top.

I’m physically active so I thought the trail itself was mostly easy, but we flew in from GA ~18 hours before the hike and I definitely felt some negative affects of the altitude adjustment. If you’re not used to high altitudes, bring plenty of water and remember to take deep breaths.

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