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Beautiful hike!

Absolutely stunning hike. I hiked this alone and ran into only one couple the entire hike. I would recommend this over the West Maroon Pass Trail if you're looking for a hike in the Maroon Bells; the views are stunning and it is much less trafficked by people (perhaps because the trail head is in a more secluded location). Overall it was mildly challenging hike, due to the elevation gain, but otherwise the terrain is forgiving and the trail is well maintained. Gorgeous view from the top of the pass.

Great trail to hike in the winter. Not difficult. It snowed that night before and micro spikes worked great.

Beautiful hike! Easy! Great views!!!

Had a blast but more people have to pay attention to the leash law. I do and it annoys me that others don't.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent trail that is to be experienced in the fall. We were a couple weeks late to do this. However, the snow in the path made it a bit difficult to traverse. Took us 3 hours from car to car including the breaks and photography. Would highly recommend this trail during the fall season.

hiking
1 month ago

We went off season which was October 26th. At this time there is no having to use the shuttle to get up. You need to pay at the entry of the park which is $10 per car. We went about 930a and now issues finding parking. When we got done with the hike around 1p the parking lot was pretty full. We wanted to do an easy hike as my friend just flew in the day before from Minnesota. We were planning to do the easy trail called Maroon Bells scenic trail. This was closed so other only option from that trail was Crater Lake. This was a little more challenging then we were expecting. But it was a great. Lots of rocks and boulders to climb over. There was some areas with snow and ice but not too bad. But all worth as once we got the lake it was huge (though the water was low). Enough room to go by ourselves to have a snack without being next to anyone. Would come back to do this in another season to see all the aspens.

Did this trail when the scenic loop was closed. It was steep until the end and snowy and rocky in spots. But for those of us in our party who made it, it’s was great.
The lake was not very full, but the scenery was great and the local birds are friendly!
For the part of our party who couldn’t make it to the top there was an opening with a amazing Mountain View about .75 miles in. A great place to call good enough if u have to.

Hiked this trail this past Friday morning with my kids, aged 11 and 14. Remember when these smokejumpers lost their lives on this mountain and think of that every time I drive through here and look up the mountain, which is still dotted with charred trees. Wanted to share this with my kids. Perfect fall day. Bright blue skies against the red of the mountains and the muted copper and gold of scrub oaks lining the trail.We were one of two cars in the lot. The other reviews are accurate— there is a fair amount of climbing, but the overall elevation gain is only 1830 feet and relative to 14er hikes, there is plenty of oxygen. That said, my son complained a lot until we reached the memorials. Amazing 360 views! And the interpretive signs along the way explain the logistics of that fateful day. As you descend into the gulch floor and back up to the high point, there are charred trees to remind you of the power of fire. My only complaint is that the memorial trees and the individual stone crosses are overwhelmed with mementos— some appropriate (fire axes, helmets, gloves) and some that are just clutter (empty liquor bottles?). The memorial trees are covered with t-shirts that have disintegrated over time, so this particular spot is quite haunting. Overall it is a great and somber hiking experience— and a nice way to pay respects to those people who came here from other states to fight fires in Colorado.

Hiked storm king today. Started at 8:30am a nice 49 crisp morning. Perfect. The trail is rated extremely difficult. I hike every week and I would absolutely rate this the same. The trail has a short cut way up and down once you go up the stairs to the other side of Canyon stay to the right. The trail looks like it goes of to left. It does if you want to add distance to your hike. Which we did. Only because the short cut trail was very over grown sage brush. The trail was covered in fall leaves so we didn’t know it was a trail. We were ok with going the extra distance. But coming down we found the coming down from the memorial sight if you see the post with #3 that’s your short cut down just past it. Marked only with ribbons tied to the sage brush. Very heart breaking to see the crosses. Very breathtaking to see the view. I would do this trail again.

Absolutely incredible. Very challenging. The history behind it makes this trail that much better. Thank you to all our firefighters!

hiking
1 month ago

Grizzly Creek is a great hike! Peaceful with the sounds of water and beautiful scenery! We didn’t walk the whole thing so I can’t say how it ends but the first 1-2 miles in was pretty easy. Not too crowded either.

on Crater Lake Trail

hiking
1 month ago

At points it feels like endless scrambling through small, loose rocks. We joked that it was like hiking on the moon! Still a fun trail with pretty views at the end (although the views would be better if there was water in the lake!).

Great views, but pretty dull walking across ski fields! Probably good for fitness training.

Beautiful views! Went in early October and it was freezing. There was snow and ice on the trail which made it a little more difficult. In the end if you aren’t a master hiker, taking rest stops along the way to take in the sceneries will get you through it.

Beautiful foliage! Definitely recommend the trail to crater Lake. I hiked with two dogs by myself and do not recommend hiking this narrow trail with two dogs. It was rainy, muddy, and slippery. At crater lake it was sleeting and cold. The lake was not dry as the post from last week said although it was cloudy and views of the mountains were not good..

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! We loved the constant sound of the creek and the high canyon walls either side. The climb is broken up by numerous short stretches of flat (or almost flat) which often allow you to catch your breath a bit without stopping. Highly recommended and easy to access.

hiking
2 months ago

Maroon Bells is absolutely breathtaking with the aspen tree fall foliage. This was definitely a moderate hike, it was steep most the way up and very rocky. I recommend good hiking shoes with grip due too many loose and slippery rocks. I had to stop and take a quick breather about 3-4 times on the way up, however, I’m from sea level and have only been in Colorado for 2 months. Took just over an hour out and maybe 30 minutes back. Overall a good hike minus the heavy traffic on a narrow trail along with multiple people blasting music on their cell speakers along the way. If it’s solitude you’re looking for you won’t find it here. Just gorgeous scenery.

It is stunning scenic trail with the foliage. The lake is empty now but the scene does not disappoint

August 2009. Amazing beautiful trail

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely recommend continuing the hike beyond Maroon Lake for additional sights. It is a rocky trail with some steeper inclines, and, I will admit, at one point I did get turned around on the trail. The trail is more heavily trafficked once the shuttles start dropping people off at 8:00AM. Even though Crater Lake was dry when I went, the autumn colors were fantastic!

camping
2 months ago

It is difficult getting up there and easy coming back. The Lake is dry currently.

Nice easy hike up to Crater Lake. The lake is dry but amazing colors of the Aspens all the way up.

hiking
2 months ago

I did this hike a week ago with my friend and our two dogs, a Lab and a Sheppard. We got started shortly after the sun came upon the Bells, mostly to start the hike before the trail got too crowded (it was a Monday) it was so beautiful with most of the aspens in full color. Our dogs did fine on the terrain and yes, some parts were very rocky but wasn’t an issue for any of us. We got to Crater Lake which we knew was dry, but it was a nice spot to sit for a bit and have some snacks before heading back. We encountered ALOT more people coming up the trail, especially as we were almost at the end. Good move on our part to start early. Would have given 5 stars if the lake wasn’t dry

I only hiked to the observation point. I’m writing this review in Sept but I hiked this trail in the July heat. Not a smart move. By the time I got up to the observation point, two liters of water were gone. I had two dogs with me that weren’t going to be able to make the rest of the hike without water. So, after we reached Observation Point we turned back. I’d like to return on a cooler day and finish out the hike. It’s a very sobering journey up. Firefighters are heroes and this fire was a big one that took many lives. I look forward to returning and completing the historical trail. Steep as can be on the way up, but a really good work out. Bring water, snacks, and tissue for wiping your tears away.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful! Definitely a heavily trafficked trail. While there was no water in the lake, we knew that ahead of time. The trees are GORGEOUS right now. Moderate is a very accurate description for this trail. We plan to do this trail again after it opens next year!

At 530am, I was stopped by the rangers and told that the overnight parking was full. They directed me to park at Aspen Highlands. On Saturday and Sunday, parking at Aspen Highlands Parking lot is: 0-3 hours $10, 3-8 hours $15, 8+hours $25.

Long line to buy bus tickets to trailhead. Would recommend buying them the night before to skip the ticket line. I did see some call the local taxi because they didn’t want to wait until 7am for the ticket office to open. I called the taxi service and was told they were completely booked until 7am. There is also another line for the buses.

The Aspens are a gorgeous mixture of green, yellow, and orange right now! Crater Lake is completely dry and you can walk around where it would be filled. As soon as the sun comes out, the temp rises. Dress in layers. It was 35 degrees at 5am and warmed up to 72 degrees by 10am.

I hiked with my husky. It’s rocky, but not harsh enough for little dog booties for a medium or large dog. After reading a few reviews mentioning the harsh terrain, I got booties for my dog. I took them off her after 0.5 mile. Not necessary unless you have a small dog. Most small dogs were carried.

hiking
2 months ago

Colors were great.

hiking
2 months 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!

2 months ago

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.

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