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Scenic and steady hike up. Perfect amount of backpacking-per-day. Springs were great, campground was dispersed. We thought the hike was quite manageable, but we found two texans stranded on the trail with no water and some pretty bad altitude sickness. Creeks are everywhere, so bring a water filter. High avalanche danger in the winter.

One of my favorite hikes ❤️❤️

hiking
2 months ago

I walk every day with my dog around local parks at home in Ohio. This was what I would call my first true hiking experience. It was a little difficult maneuvering through the rocks, and my family and I had only brought tennis shoes. However the difficulty was all worth it! Every step of the way you could turn in any direction and the views would take your breath away! There was one scary area with a very steep drop off of all rocks, I just tried to keep my eyes on the other side. The pay off at the end was a gorgeous peaceful lake. We went on a cool, foggy morning, but I honestly can’t imagine it being any more beautiful than it was. Be sure and go early so you can drive and park your car right at the park, and take some stunning pictures of Maroon Bells Lake and mountains before you begin.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy drive to trailhead from Aspen (about 20 minutes from downtown). Limited parking. The hike starts off through a beautiful canopy of aspens. The trail narrows as you take multiple switchbacks through the forest of aspens with a modest incline on a narrow trail. There are many different views of not only the aspens and pines but also rock formation. After the switchbacks and climb flattens a bit as you traverse around the mountains. You eventually hit a rock patch with a great view. From that point you are only a few hundred yards from American Lake with an amazing mountain backdrop view.

This trail was difficult because of all the rocks and it gets very slippery. A man in a group ahead of us slipped and fell and lost his life so I can't urge you enough to use caution on this trail as it is dangerous and doesn't take much to get hurt. It does get extremely crowded so start out before 8am if you can. Once you reach the lake it is very peaceful and beautiful. Just hiked yesterday but the lake was very low.

hiking
4 months ago

Lots of animal tracks. No people.

Road closed not due to snow. It is blocked with pile of dirt.

Spikes were helpful second half of the trail. Had the lake to ourself early on a Saturday morning. Beautiful views!

hiking
5 months ago

Did this hike two days ago and about half a mile in it was muddy, icy and snow packed. We brought micro-spikes just in case, and they were a HUGE help. Literally within five-ten minutes of getting to the portion of the trail with ice we saw three people take spills and what looked like one kid injured coming back down. Don't do this trail with the expectation of just being able to wear casual shoes this time of year.

Other than that, trail was absolutely gorgeous with snow still on some trees and surrounding the trail. One of the most beautiful hikes I've ever done. And of course Maroon Bells. Not sure how the trail would be now with the recent storm blowing through. I'm sure just as beautiful.

Enjoy yourself.

I don't recommend doing this hike all in 1 day. It's a bit much even for relatively experienced hikers. Even so, this was a great hike with a couple cool (but mild) challenges. Docking 1 star because the hot spring area wasn't that well kept and because I've been on better hikes.

hiking
6 months ago

Good hike, a bit crowded. At the beginning all muddy but then snow covered, good view. Very easy fun hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike but pretty crowded when we went . People on the trail everywhere . Trail was icy at some points . Lots of rocks . Not too steep though as many options for trails depending on how far you want to hike . Dog friendly !

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome hike, did this one back in August when it was a bit warmer, but overall nice hike. If you want to see a awesome video of Aspen and Crater Lake trail check out my video I did for it.
https://youtu.be/LtYAqh5ghfo

hiking
6 months ago

We did this trail on a 30-35 degree day in October when it was very cloudy and snowing. It wasn't crowded at all. The Aspen trees were gorgeous the whole hike. The views on the hike are beautiful the whole way. Crater Lake and the surrounding peaks were worth it. Fall has to be the best time to go... snow mixed with fall colors...

There is no hike involved to see the iconic views of the Maroon Bells from Maroon Lake, but if you want to get in a "real" hike in the area, this is it! The trail gets very rocky about halfway through and was somewhat muddy in spots when we visited on 10/8/2017. Fall foliage was past peak colors and the closer you get to Crater Lake, the more the leaves are completely gone. Trail is moderately difficult, and that's coming from someone who lives in Denver and is physically active. Lots of kids and people on trail. In my opinion, this trail was not worth it due to all the people on this narrow trail and the views at Maroon Lake are relatively better.

6 months ago

Gorgeous around Maroon Bells

great trail, the leaves were in their last bit of glory and most near crater lake were gone or turning fast.

Beautiful hike with breathtaking views of the fall colors. Pretty busy, but not overly so. I'd say it was more on the easy side, but hikers from sea level really seemed to struggle with the elevation. Bring lots of water!

Arrived at Aspen Highlands at 0715 on a Saturday but the parking lot at the trailhead was already full. The traffic director said it filled up back around 0530.... but since we got there before 8 we didn't end up having to pay to park. The people arriving after 8 had to pay $10. We paid $8 per person for a bus ticket and arrived at the trailhead about 30 mins later. Very crowded but still worth it! Best hike so far!

hiking
6 months ago

Just beautiful. Rocky trail, but was fine for our kids ages 7, 10, and 13. Definitely lots of people and pets. Go early for less crowds.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful day and trail. Heavily trafficed. Mix of hikers and tourists in sneakers and everyone was very friendly. Good amount of dogs and several Rangers, keep those dogs on a leash.....Rangers are looking for you and giving tickets.

6 months ago

Great intermediate trail but try to get there early if you can. Place gets super busy and if I were to do it again I would try to get there around 6am (think RMNP busy). We went on a Friday around 7am and the lots were already full along with cars parked about 1/4 mile down the road. $10 to get in (cash or check only) or you can use your national park pass which is great, shuttle starts at 8am when it gets busier. We were lucky that some people had left the main lot so we got to park in there. Views were gorgeous, trail is a little slick from all the snow/rain and leaves so be cautious. Even with how busy it was the views were worth it!

Fantastic day hike. Started to get a little crowded around 10 a.m. Recommend starting early morning. Very tranquil area.

Very steady incline ALL the way up--- It's beautiful, but it is a difficult hike.

La montée dans le bois est sublime à l’automne.

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome and easy to follow trail. Great for running too. Beautiful lake with campsites available.

It's already winter up there so bring your layers! Snowed 4 inches the night we camped up by the springs. Also there are free wag bags at the trailhead. Use them! You'll save the Forest Service a lot of unpleasant work.

7 months ago

Hiked on 9/23/2017 when the leafs are gorgeously golden. It was beautiful everywhere you look!

This hike kicked my butt more than hiking up Huron Peak. Really beautiful through the aspens right now, but be ready for the insanely steady incline the entire way.

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