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Took the Crested Butte to Aspen route to avoid the additional 1,000 feet of elevation gain and my legs were sure glad I did. We camped off of Slate River Rd (734) at a dispersed campsite so we were able to drive to the trail head since Gothic Rd (317) is still partially closed from the avalanche and down trees. The flowers on the CB side are incredible while the Aspen side was muddy and busy. Definitely a premier Colorado hike.

Awesome hike capital lake was beautiful we didn't to go all the way but next time doe sure

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful moderate hike with great views. Went with my daughter and her boyfriend and it was great for any activity level. I sat and took a nice snack break at Crater Lake while the kids went on to explore other trails that shoot off. Such a nice day. Arrive at Maroon Bells before 8am if you want to park yourself and not shuttle.

Maroon Bells is surely worth a look. The one thing I'd like to mention is this is a perfect destination for the elderly or somewhat disabled to go for some fresh air and scenery. There is a parking lot right at the lake of Maroon Bells which provides the beautiful scenery you see of the lake. You can either drive or take the bus. Once there, it's a very short walk on level, dirt walking paths to the lake. This is a tourist area so you will be with plenty others. There is a bench to sit on and stare at the beauty. You can also picnic here just bring a blanket to sit on. Great place for kids to skip stones in the lake. There are restrooms and a small river to cross as well.

backpacking
3 days ago

Great hike with a day pack unless you plan on staying at one of the primitive tent sites. This is first come first serve. This is a high tourist attraction and you will see many people in the trail and at the lake. We parked at the parking lot at Maroon Bells and ate lunch. But Crater lake is a nice place to eat as well. I would say that most of the trail is rocky so wear sturdy shoes. Bring a camera, there is some beautiful scenery. Met several backcountry campers, climbers. I think Crater Lake is a trail head for scaling the 14er.

Yes, it's beautiful scenery and worth the trip. Very easy hike. For a more moderate to hard hike add Crater trail.
The downsides: it is Super Busy, and heavily trafficked. The bus ride both ways was packed, and while the drivers were nice enough I could have done without their narratives. The restrooms: atrocious.

hiking
5 days ago

Awesome hike and nice views. I would recommend doing this hike if you haven't yet. If you want to see this hike and some views of Aspen check out my video I made: https://youtu.be/LtYAqh5ghfo

hiking
5 days ago

backpacking
6 days ago

Amazing! Best alpine meadows! Got very lucky with weather. I was truly sad when we were done. Wish I could stay on the trail longer. Fravert basin was enchanting but definitely chilly at night. Pack accordingly if you plan to camp. Recommend alternate footwear for water crossing. Hiking poles were helpful.

hiking
6 days ago

on Four Pass Loop

backpacking
7 days ago

Really enjoyed this trail. Went clockwise starting with West Maroon Pass and Frigid Air on Day 1. Very well marked so hardly any need for a map (or this app). Only downside is that it is very heavily trafficked. Thankfully that doesn't correspond to litter/trash being an issue. Also lots of mosquitoes so bring spray or appropriate clothing. Views and settings were spectacular. The dog leash rule is strictly enforced. I brought my pooch and had him off a few times. Other back packers gave me a piece of their unhappy mind on the matter. I also witnessed two other parties receive $130 tickets from a ranger for having dogs off leash. Would go again but probably would come in from Buckskin Pass and stay for a while at Snowmass Lake - a gorgeous spot.