Crested Butte to Aspen via West Maroon Pass

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Crested Butte to Aspen via West Maroon Pass is a 10 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Crested Butte, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from July until October.

Distance: 10.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2,250 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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Note: As of July 2019, road to trailhead is completely blocked by an avalanche. You can park 2 miles from the trailhead and walk over the snow pack. The road in Crested Butte is still covered in snow so you have to start 2 miles earlier on the road.

This is a great, fairly easy longer hike coming from the Crested Butte side. It would be much more arduous from Aspen, but it was super fun & pretty. The only reason not to give it 5 stars is that the last two miles are at the start of Maroon Bells so SUPER crowded which isn’t amazing at the end of a long hike.

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3 months ago

Trailhead was open on CB side - peak foliage - still some wildflowers - no snow - took us 5.5 hours - we left hotel in CB at 6 am - started hike by 7 - flood of tourists at the end of the hike on Aspen side kind of a bummer - as per earlier review, my watch and phone said mileage closer to 12 miles Vs AllTrails at 10 - we used Evan/Maroon Bells Shuttle and highly recommend - also recommend Secret Stash pizza in CB

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3 months ago

A beautiful hike! If you follow the google/apple maps to the trailhead make sure you take the right turn at Schofield pass. We made the mistake of following the gps which led us to a field so had to turn around. From trailhead at CB to the shuttle bus at maroon bells my watch recorded 12.9 miles, so definitely a little longer than what all trails has. The colors were amazing this weekend!

hiking
3 months ago

Did this hike 9/21 - started at the TH in Crested Butte. It took about 6 hours- no issues with snow. It was hard mainly because of the altitude- hard to breath towards the top. My app showed 11.25 miles and 2200 ft gain.

hiking
4 months ago

Such a beautiful hike just did it today. It took us just under six hours with lunch and rests. My watch said it was 11.15 miles and 3,011 vertical

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. Light dusting of snow but wildflowers were peeking through. Streams are low and easy to cross.

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4 months ago

Started on the Aspen side which started out a little rocky. Have to watch your step pretty closely. Fairly moderate climb the whole way until you’re close to the pass and then it’s pretty steep. No snow or concerning conditions to look out for. Wild flowers are out and beautiful right now! As with every hike, pack your layers. It’s cold once you make it to the pass

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bridge out
4 months ago

As of Sunday, 9/8, Dolly’s Shuttle is able to pass through the snow plug to get to the start of the trail. Still beautiful wild flowers and gorgeous views!

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muddy
4 months ago

Great hike with beautiful views, poppin' wildflowers, steady creek flow and the temperature was perfect. Two of my girlfriends and myself started a little after 8:30am and finished around 4pm. Took around 7 hours for three women in their early 30's/late 20's - one even 6 weeks post surgery. Dolly's Shuttle was able to pick us up from the trailhead in CB - BIG TIME HELP. I don't think we would have made the shuttle if we were to hike the extra two miles. We also dawdled a bit - taking pictures, eating lunch, breaks and changing protective wear. Highly recommend hike. Bring lots of snacks/sandwiches and stay very well hydrated. Lots of tourists/hikers the first 2-3 miles of hike (we started at Maroon Bells). The Aspen side is also very steep during some parts. Pretty muddy due to the storms that rolled through the night before.

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4 months ago

Great hike with fantastic views and lots of wild flowers! Several creek crossings, but shoes stayed dry. We started at 6am to get a spot in the overnight parking lot at Maroon Bells, and there were still several spots available. Snow plug on Crested Butte side meant another two miles of hiking to meet the shuttle. Took us 7 hours start to finish with a few stops along the way, active hiking time was 6 hours. Overall fantastic hike and highly recommended!

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rocky
4 months ago

This was a tough one! There were four of us in our mid-late thirties and it took approx 8 hours either way. Aspen-CB was long because it was a tough hike and CB to Aspen was long because of the two extra miles due to residual snow that prevented Dolly’s shuttle from picking us up at the trailhead. I think it could be done quicker. The aspen side is insanely crowded. We had a ton of avalanche debris, saw 3 moose, and tons of cute little pika. It’s crazy rocky on the Aspen side and the peak in the middle is very scary with a steep and exposed incline - that alone might be why I’ll never do this again. It was gorgeous though!!!

hiking
4 months ago

seriously beautiful. the snow plug on the CB side, as said, adds an hour...our shuttle dropped us well below it, about 2.6 below the trailhead. the CB side is full of wildflowers and gorgeous, and the upper portion of the Aspen side is also carpeted with wildflowers and strikingly beautiful. once you descend into the rocky portion, it's a bit of a drag on the feet, for sure. Ending in the Disneyland of all the tourists at Maroon Lake can be a buzzkill after the peace and silence of the backcountry, but it's a fabulous hike well worth the time and effort. We used Dolly's Mountain Shuttle to go from Highlands to CB the night before and again in the morning to the trailhead...stayed at the Nordic Inn and they put a super breakfast into our refrigerator, along with coffee, since we were going to miss their included breakfast. All in all, a perfectly wonderful trip.

Trail is in good condition!

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rocky
4 months ago

We hiked this from Crested Butte to Aspen on Saturday Aug 24th. This is a beautiful hike. And it’s worth the length. It’s very picturesque. I think it’s more beautiful on Crested butte side than Aspen. The wild flowers are present throughout the hike. The rivers are pretty manageable to cross. It helps to have poles for crossing and descending. On the Aspen side the trail is more rocky , so more attention is needed as where you step in. The trail head on CB side is snowed in so add one hour to the total time. We started at 6:30 Am and finished at 3pm with a 30 min lunch and another stop for water play in the river. We were with a big group.

hiking
4 months ago

Fantastic day! Early start 2 miles from trailhead on CB side. Snow blocking vehicular traffic easy to climb over. CB side-flowers at their peak..absolutely beautiful...seemed to be a combo of early and late season flora. Aspen side-water not an issue. Avalanche debris not an issue. Takes longer than you think simply due to rocky descent...8 hours in total for this 60 yr old couple from Chicago...take your time and enjoy.

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rocky
4 months ago

The weather was perfect so that added to the greatness of this hike. There was some avalanche debris but not much of an issue the first 4.5 miles from the Aspen side. The main negative was the rocks in the trail. Definitely glad i had strong hiking boots. The views were amazing and the flowers were out. The hike from Aspen side to Crater lake was fairly hard (moderate) but add a bit more difficulty with the rocks. A very busy trail that first 2.5 miles.

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snow
5 months ago

Add 2 miles at the start to reach the trailhead due to avalanche making driving a car to TH not possible.

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rocky
5 months ago

Epic hike! On the CB side, the shallow remnants of a snow plug force you to start the hike an hour before the trailhead, a bit before Emerald Lake. Wildflowers are spectacular all the way to the pass. Last quarter mile to the pass is super steep, but no issues with snow. The Aspen side is crazy rocky, but the trail has been cleared of all major debris. Took about 5hrs 10 mins from trailhead to trailhead, including sandwich break at the top of the pass. FYI, last bus down from Maroon Lake is 5pm.

The beauty of this trail is unparalleled. We started the hike on the Aspen side. It was much more difficult than we anticipated and took us 11 hours with the extra 2 miles at the end over Scoffield Pass to get around the snow plug on the road. Fortunately our van from Dolly’s was still waiting! I would rate this trail 5 stars for the spectacular mountain vistas and wildflowers.- over the top! But be prepared - we are avid hikers in our mid 60’s and hike 2 times per week at 10,000 feet up to 12,000 (usually between 6-10 miles).

hiking
5 months ago

Still a little bit of snow to walk/drive over at the trailhead, but you can park beforehand. No need for spikes. Rest of trail is great, with a couple snowy and muddy spots and one walk through avalanche debris.

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