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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.

Length 10.9 mi Elevation gain 4,950 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Wild flowers

Rocky

Scramble

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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.

There will be a $10 fee to park there but only before 8:00 am or after 5:00 pm.

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

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 9 1/2 miles to the Maroon Lake Parking Area.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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Angel Executive
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HikingOff trailRocky

PLEASE NOTE YOU NEED A RESERVATION TO ENTER THE PARK Overall, the trail itself is phenomenal. The views are spectacular and the terrain is manageable up until your final ascent then it gets sketchy. Towards the end of the trail there wasn't that much guidance in terms of path. We tried to stay on trail the entire time and ended up getting turned around towards the end I've lived in Chicago for my whole life so breathing definitely became an issue. I made sure to stay hydrated and took breaks when I felt my heart pounding. Tip: Towards the end of the trail there is a river. If you reach that river, don't cross it. There is a path on the right side of the river that you can take. Please note that this is not the easiest path to take. Before you reach the river there is a section of nothing but rock to your right and trees to your left. If you go up the rocky part, it leads you up the mountain somewhat safely. if you take the train to the right side of the river, there are some sketchy parts that just lead to more sketchy parts. Once we got to the top we realized that the path we took up was not the path we could have taken down. It would have been nice if there was a sign to guide you but it's sometimes fun to get lost then somehow find your way. I recommend hiking sticks. They definitely come in handy towards the end

Brandy Shackelford-Allgeier
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Daniel Hall
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HikingOff trailScrambleSnow
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Kay Lewis
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Hiking

This is a beautiful but physically and technically challenging summit The descent is also difficult due to the loose talus and steep terrain. I completed this hike along with the traverse to North Maroon and down on Sept 18 after the first dusting of snow for the season and it was sheer magic. September is a particular special time in the Maroon Bell Basin as the crowds shave thinned to almost nothing. I was without my typical hiking partners this week and reluctant to take on something of this level of difficulty on my own so hired a local guide to keep me on a good route as well as provide safety partner and fun company. So glad I did as the hike was challenging enough even with the added expertise. As others have mentioned, this hike should only be attempted after having completed several 14ers of at least a class 3 rating as this is a class 4 (class 5 with traverse or if you don’t take the best routes) and has plenty of exposure and route finding challenges during the final miles of ascent. If you’re comfortable with exposure and making rock climbing maneuvers have solid route finding skills. you’ll find this hike immensely rewarding. I was nonstop grinning for the next week.

Charlotte Galli
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HikingOff trailScramble

we did the traverse S to N... up till Marron S summit was not too bad, the traverse to N was a bit challenging to find where to climb def some class 5 climbing, coming down from N side is an endless sea of boulders trail that seems like forever... , beautiful but hard on your feet/ toes... bring a filter so u can get extra water in the creek for the way back ...

Nathaniel Betts
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HikingRockyScramble

Absolutely amazing. Follow the trail on this app as a guide to help you get back on track. But not the most accurate when you are on the mountain. No service doesn’t give you accurate gps. Look for the cairns those are your guide! Take your time and be safe such an amazing climb!

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Kate Morris
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Hiking

AWESOME. Did the Maroon Peak to North Maroon Peak loop via the class 5 Maroon Traverse this past weekend and it was amazing. Started from Crater Lake around 6am and made the first summit (Maroon) at 11:30. We went slow to preserve our energy and had a lengthy lunch break so we probably could have shaved off an hour. The traverse wasn’t nearly as bad as we thought it might be, but we are experienced climbers. Wouldn’t recommend the traverse at ALL to anyone who doesn’t have climbing experience. Traverse took a little over 2 hours, reaching North Maroon a bit past 2pm. Piddled around on both summits for about a half hour (only bc weather was perfect) and enjoyed the mountain goats! Climbing down North Maroon was tedious - so very steep so absolutely bring your hiking poles. Those helped tremendously. Hike down took 3.5-4 hrs but again we went super slow to save our knees and had lunch #2 (3? haha) break. Despite the snail pace going down, the views were stupendous the entire day - one of my favorite 14er experiences ever.

Matt James
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Fernando Prado
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Jay Mendoza
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Justin Ziegmont
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HikingMuddyOff trailRockyScrambleSnowWashed out

The trail is in bad shape right now due to avalanche debris. It was hard getting around all of it and it definitely added time. I would highly recommend using gear if you plan to get anywhere past the turnoff for the peak. We turned around at 12,000 feet due to safety concerns about crossing snow fields and scrambling around rock. We will be back to complete this trail another year, but definitely bringing gear to help us.

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Tetiana Medukha
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After Crater Lake the trail conditions get rough. Fallen trees and gushing streams taking up 25% of the trail till the turn off to the peak. After the turnoff, there is about 1,000 feet of good trail until snow starts. Armed with gear and patience I made it to 13,100 feet to get the first spectacular view. Only 4 types of wildflowers are in bloom. No one else attempted the trail that day.

Keith Gavazzi
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HikingBridge outWashed out

Amazing trail. Had to turn back early due to avalanche debris blocking the way at too many points. Wukd love to come back once the trails are re-established

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Olga Stremtan
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Hiking

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.

Amanda Hess
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