Crater Lake Trail

MODERATE 168 reviews

Crater Lake Trail is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
754 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Directions from Aspen: From mid-June through September the Maroon Creek road is closed from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., you will need to take a shuttle. You can catch the shuttle from Rubey Park on Durant Street in Aspen. There is a fee for the Maroon Creek Shuttle.If you get an early start, drive 1/2 mile west of Aspen on Highway 82 and turn left at the roundabout onto Maroon Creek Road. Keep right and continue 9-1/2 miles to the Maroon Lake parking area.

All snow has melted off the trail now. Not a hard trail. Gets quite busy in the afternoon - I'd suggest going at sunrise.

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16 hours ago

Pretty rocky and uphill, but not very hard. Super pretty views of crater lake if you walk around and find different spots

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3 days ago

Awesome except for one or 2 people who insist on playing loud music from their back backs.
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13 days ago

Great relaxing hike up to the lake.

14 days ago

Great hike and great views at the lake

hiking
14 days ago

Fun trail if you have kids, the lake is beautiful and there were still patches of snow.

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