Maroon Creek Trail

MODERATE 22 reviews
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Maroon Creek Trail is a 6.9 mile moderately 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 April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1332 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

Directions from Aspen: Drive 1/2 mile west of Aspen on Highway 82 and turn left onto Maroon Creek Road at the roundabout. Keep right and continue 6 1/2 miles to the East Maroon Portal (to hike up valley) or 9 1/2 miles to the Maroon Lake Parking Area (to hike down valley).From mid-June through September, the Maroon Creek Road is closed from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and you will need to take a shuttle bus from Ruby Park in Aspen. The bus includes an informative guided tour of the valley. Contact the Roaring Fork Transit Agency at 925-8484 for more information.

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1 month ago

Very relaxing hike. Hiked down from Maroon lake down to the portal.

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1 month ago

The trail was very nice and scenic for the first .6 of a mile from Maroon Lake. Once the trail (1982) mets up with 1983 then there is a lot of horse traffic and droppings to navigate. The hike is easy and very doable with the right foot gear.

1 month ago

Only walked down the trail...the 3.5 miles...one star is for the first part of the trail that was scenic...before we hit the rock hillside that hurt our feet so bad even with hiking shoes...then the next 3 miles were completely muddy and covered with horse poop with no scenery far away from the water...horrible hike...

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1 month ago

Rocks, mud and way to many horses. But, the scenery is beautiful.

2 months ago

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4 months ago

Enjoyed this one with my kids.

9 months ago

6-8 inches of fresh powder the whole way! Took about 7.5 hours on foot due to the snow. Well worth it!

11 months ago

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Monday, September 05, 2016

09/2014

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Breathtaking!!!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Monday, June 06, 2016

Monday, June 06, 2016

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Great hike, very easy, well shaded and leisurely stroll. This would be an amazing hike during the changing of the leaves.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

We enjoyed this beautiful trail so much. Being from sea level, we didn't feel we were up for a more moderate trail. We decided to extend up further past the waterfall to do the loop through the forest so the entire loop was about 3.2 miles and from the point of view of a middle aged couple with two teens (all from sea level as I said before) we found the hike to be very pleasurable and a "just right hike" for our first week up in high elevation.

Everywhere you look, you'll see beauty and color and magnificence. The mountains surround the valley, wild flowers of various kinds (white, yellow, orange, purple, lavender, pink, and red), butterflies (white/black, monarchs, and more), aspen trees, the creek and waterfall and lovely weather all combine to make this a spectacular hike that most everyone will enjoy.

We took amazing photos. The scenes are imprinted in my memory as well as in photo. Will definitely want to come back for more.