East Maroon Trail to Copper Basin

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East Maroon Trail to Copper Basin is a 20.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
20.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4232 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

hiking

lake

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wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Aspen: From mid-June through September, Maroon Creek Road is closed to vehicle traffic from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., you will need to take a shuttle. The shuttle leaves from the Rubey Park bus station in Aspen. If you get an early start, drive 1/2 mile west of Aspen on Highway 82 and turn left onto Maroon Creek Road at the roundabout. Drive 6.4 miles on Maroon Creek Road to East Maroon Portal, turning left into the parking area and the trailhead.

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16 days ago

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1 month ago

I LOVE this trail!!! The scenes keep changing, the hike varies in challenges, you never know what will happen next! Perfect!! Not to mention there was hardly anyone around, great to get a break from the crowds!

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Monday, August 22, 2016

B E A utiful trail. The Maroon Bells and lake are really special. Comin up the trail into the valley to distance yourself from the heavier traffic and it gets better and better!!

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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

We just did a 6 mile out and back day hike. What a beautiful and very quiet trail. It was a dreamy hike. We only saw one couple on our way back. It was awesome!

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

This was the second leg of a two day back-packing trip. We were able to disperse camp near the base of the trail and hiked all the way back to Aspen. The full hike is closer to 16 or 17 miles, but not a ton of elevation gain and it was completely worth it. This is by far the most beautiful hike I've done in Colorado thus far. It was stunning. There was also a ton of variable terrain, from woods to mountain lakes and a beautiful valley. A few logistics/warnings: There are multiple creek crossings while doing this trail. You can look for ways to cross over felled logs etc., or bring a pair of rubber water shoes/flip-flops and change out of your hiking boots. The water is pretty high and fairly fast moving. Also, as you get closer to the Aspen trail-head, the horse-use gets much heavier and the trail really shows it. Extremely muddy and torn up from horse use.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Awesome trip! Hiked the entire four pass loop (26 miles). Not for the faint of heart, but worth the trip.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

One of my favorite hikes in Colorado! You start out at Maroon Lake,awesome in its self,then you walk up past Crater Lake,and then up a valley that has the Maroon Bells on your right side and Pyramid Peak to your left. Wild flowers abound on the way up to East Maroon Pass. The best time for the wildflowers are the first week of August, a little earlier at lower elevations.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Unbelievably beautiful. Great quality trail. Amazing scenery, wildflowers, just... the best.

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Amazing. Go in wildflower season in early August. Blew my mind.