Maroon Peak Trail

HARD 35 reviews
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Maroon Peak Trail is a 10.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

10.9 miles
4,950 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips

rock climbing


bird watching





wild flowers



Offers arguably the best views in the state but is a difficult climb requiring scrambling over loose rock. Please note that you can continue this trek off trail to reach the summit. Mountaineering gear will be required if you choose to summit. Otherwise the first few miles of this trail make a great day hike.

8 months ago

Description of this trail is misleading. It sounds like an average hike, but the map is a summit to Maroon Peak (South) where you could traverse to North Maroon Peak. Both peaks are 14ers and require previous mountaineering experience and a helmet. We hiked on 6/20/18 and the views of the valley and peaks are breathtaking. We turned around after 4.2 ml realizing we couldn’t safely cross a big patch of snow. We were pretty exhausted at that point, bc we didn’t have previous experience climbing 83% grade hills at 12000ft elevation. Also we lost the trail at the split with West Maroon trail which added more length to our hike, so be aware to stay to the right, if you are too close to the creek, you’ve gone too far. On a Wednesday we hardly saw 3 people after we pass Crater Lake It was beautiful and challenging experience and we would like to go back after being more prepared.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Lots of fun if you like loose rock.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Beautiful scenery and moderate trail. Careful not to roll your ankles as you step on rocks

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Killer hike! Not simple, but not too awful difficult. Trail got a bit messy a little beyond Crater Lake, but was passable.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Absolutely incredible views. Take a look at the car parking/mandatory shuttle schedule on Aspen's website before you go. Also, if it's anytime near fall season, you'd better plan on getting there well before sunrise to get away from crowds!

Monday, October 03, 2016

Breathtaking. Did maybe 6 mi of the trail. Unfortunately my camera died and I couldn't capture -- however, we all know it wouldn't have lived up to the views anyway! Highly recommend.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Love Maroon Bell Park and all the hiking and wildlife around the lakes its an amazing place !!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Top 5 hikes in Colorado!

Friday, October 09, 2015

The scenery was absolutely gorgeous, but there were hundreds of other people there. The trail is narrow, so it can be difficult to navigate around the other people, but like I said - its absolutely gorgeous.

We saw some wildlife (deer) but immediately after being spotted, other tourists started chasing after them and yelling at them. Just prepare yourself for other people to be loud and obnoxious.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

No elevation gain. Well shaded. This would be a great hike during the fall with fall colors.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

This is the most beautiful mountain hike I've ever done. I loved the reflection of the mountain off maroon lake and crater lake. Also it was cool to hike through an Aspen forest. If you are looking for a scenic hike I highly recommend this spot!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Short and sweet trail with the family. Lots of beautiful wildflowers, a placid lake, and of course, the breathtaking maroon bells. This short hike has so much to see. It took about 30 minutes with lots of stops for picture-taking. It is very narrow in places with thick overgrowth on both sides, so make sure you load up with bug spray. There are some small muddy spots, however, this is a very easy hike.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

One of the best hike to enjoy the autumn colors. Super easy terrain and the scenery will take your breath away. Highly recommend for family with young children or older parents.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Beautiful and easy.

Friday, July 04, 2014

The views are worth fighting the crowds. That said, if I weren't unprepared, I would have taken one of the more serious of the several hikes available. There appeared to be less people on those trails, and perhaps even better views.

Monday, March 31, 2014

A scenic, short 2 loop trail that starts at Maroon Lakes far side. Follows the stream,going by a couple of beaver dams. Very scenic views of Maroon Bells with great possibilities of reflections of the Bells in the Lake and the ponds above the lake!

Friday, January 03, 2014

One of Colorado's most photographed areas. Great views of the Maroon Bells, Maroon Valley and White River National Forest. The Maroon Bells for a backdrop to a glacial valley. A must do, fun, short hike.

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