Crater Lake Trail

MODERATE 289 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

backpacking

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.

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9 days ago

Best birthday hike yet!

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14 days ago

Great hike! Did it with husband and toddler son on our back. Would say moderate is the correct level. Steeper 1st half then levels off more toward the lake. A lot of people so start earlier but great views and a very nice hike.

15 days ago

Beautiful scenery but extremely crowded. There are better hikes in the surrounding area.

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well worth the hike. Earlier the better.

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18 days ago

GO EARLY