Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

1 day ago

Well worth the hike. Once you have made it to Crater Lake, look for waterfalls way up on side of Mountain.

Very rocky with not a lot of scenery before the lake. But the lake is beautiful. I’ve done some moderate trials this trip so for my money, I’d just relax and enjoy the scenic loop instead and do a more worthwhile trail later. It was just not diverse enough for me. Too much scree.

7 days ago

Fantastic trail with gorgeous views. We did it wearing our 2 year old in a Deuter backpack, which was a must. The trail is really rocky in parts and would be difficult for young children. Definitely a heavily used trail, but well worth it!


Beautiful view. Perfect amount of challenge and having to pay attention and beautiful and fun!

Incredible 3day/2night solo trip July 4-6. Not crowded at all. Wildflowers were amazing throughout nearly the whole trail. Did it clockwise based on others reviews- think counterclockwise would be easier. It is rigorous. Passed several groups the first day who were turning back after their first day. Many were from sea level. Acclimatization is key carrying a pack through the whole 7500ft + elevation gain.

Another MUST SEE trail in Aspen!!!

10 days ago

Beautiful hike. Be prepared for a rocky trail. Saw too many people in sandals, not a great idea! We hiked this on a holiday week, too many people! Next time we will do this on a non holiday week!
Overall it was still awesome, the views were amazing!

10 days ago

If you are from flat land and are scared to do this hike after reading some of the reviews, please ignore the reviews and DO THIS HIKE! I am from Chicago, 50 years old, and an OK hiker. The trail is Rocky and that altitude is definitely hard on the lungs, but if you go slow and take breaks and stay hydrated, it is totally doable! Absolutely stunning hike that is shaded by aspens in many places but every now and then a Mountain View pops up. The boulder field just before the lake can be challenging if you don’t have proper footwear and aren’t paying attention to your footing. But, again, totally navigable and there are plenty of people taking breaks along the way so no reason to feel rushed. Don’t miss this hike!

Relatively easy hike to a great view. Lake is big enough to spread out the crowd so you can always get your own spot on the shore!

Amazing. Hike of a lifetime. Hiked in with full gear, spent three full days and nights hiking and camping. beautiful, God's country. elevation will kick your butt if you're not acclimated.

14 days ago

Amazing views at Crater Lake, but not much scenery between Maroon and Crater as the trail climbs through thick forest. Worth it though!

Did this for a second time June 23rd 2018. Awesome views. We did it counter clockwise (best way hands down). Had a little snow over final pass on last day. There was also frost 20 yards from our campsite.

An extraordinary, beautiful, world-class hike with every feature. Recommend 2 nights, 3 days to enjoy fully.

Beautiful hike, not too difficult other than the incline, but lots of beautiful places to stop, rest, and enjoy the scenery along the way. There’s also a beautiful creek you can walk along that goes to an overlooking bridge. Certainly a must do hike while in Aspen!

From the parking lot at maroon bells to buckskin Pass is a great day hike. Very hard but well worth the effort. Get going early because you can’t drive up the road after 8 AM and you actually want to get there by 7 AM to beat the traffic

16 days ago

beautiful and there are not much words to describe it.

Great trail just hard enough. Well marked.

I did this hike with 5 girlfriends and it was fantastic. the wildflowers were at peak, and it was completely gorgeous and refreshing weather. we had a looming storm that had us busting our butts to get over the ridge as early as possible, but it missed us. views were gorgeous. the mile of approach to the ridge was intense on both sides, steep and narrow path with other hikers going in both directions, but it went by quickly. but the bowl on the aspen side was breathtaking and exceptional. even in july, there was still snow up there so the night was chilly, we camped about 800 ft below the ridge, in the bowl. I was fine with my 30 deg sleeping bag & base layers, but other friends were cold. such a gorgeous hike. and the "HARD" rating is appropriate for the novice hiker. with some training, or as an experienced hiker, its completely doable. there were lots of other people and dogs on the trail who weren't even phased by the summit. completely worth it.

Did this trail on Saturday and Maroon Bells is absolutely gorgeous. It was well worth the long drive from Denver. I kind of wish we went a little further past Crater Lake, but it was the most beautiful trails I’ve done so far. Definitely recommend

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21 days ago

Most beautiful place I’ve hiked!

We are two first time backpackers from Wisconsin. We planned to do the hike in four days but completed it in 3 days. Definitely one of the most beautiful hikes we have ever done! There are lots of water options, the false summit had an extra hump that surprised us, and there was a small section that still had snow which was challenging but do able (near snowmass lake). We would definitely recommend this hike!

25 days ago

I hiked this with my six year old nephew on June 9, 2018. We took the shuttle, which was nice on the way up. On the way back, we had to wait, and it was hot with not much shade. However, the hike was amazing and totally worth it. We hiked about a half mile past Crater Lake, which was incredible because of waterfalls that could not been seen from Crater Lake. The trail itself was very rocky and a bit difficult, but totally worth it.

Great hike! very challenging for our group of scouts, being from Arkansas! But completed the hike in 3 days. The beauty is stunning definitely a bucket list hike.

28 days ago

I did this gorgeous trail solo last weekend and it did not disappoint. Maroon Lake was crowded with a wedding/tourists but once I headed up the trail I had it (mostly) to myself. It’s narrow and rocky in most parts. There’s a good amount of shade which kept the temperature just right for a tank and shorts. My little dog even hiked most of it too! Definitely a trail we’d recommend. Pack water, an extra cell phone charger to ensure great pics and a wind breaker! The open air sections get breezy up at the top and it can be chilly.

30 days ago

Great hike! Pretty easy but bring a snack and water. Boots not totally necessary, but I’d wear some next time we do it... I wore running shoes (unplanned hike) and they did fine but it does get rocky at some points so the extra stability would have been nice. We clocked the hike in at 2.7 miles from maroon lake and we went past the lake so not sure where the miles were pulled from on here. Could have been our app too.

Great trail. Beautiful views. Hot springs were wonderful! Too many people on the trail though.

Absolutely breathtaking

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