Maroon-Snowmass Trail to Willow Lake

HARD 12 reviews

Maroon-Snowmass Trail to Willow Lake is a 11.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

11.6 miles
3779 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




wild flowers


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.

11 days ago

Picturesque views. Technically it is an easy hike, but only if you are in a good shape and used to high elevation.

1 month ago

Still a lot of snow after Crater Lake. It'd be decent with snowshoes, postholed without. Hard to find trail at times but manageable. Beautiful trail and amazing views.

10 months ago

Beautiful hike , perfect weather. Start early

10 months ago

Awesome hike, be prepared for the open fields, coming back from the lake is harder than it seems

10 months ago

Did this over 4th of July weekend. Still plenty of snow but wasn't too much of a problem. Slippery in some spots but the pass was clear. The hike ascends without much of a break until you get to Willow Pass. Incredible views looking back on the Bells and the 360 degree view at the pass make this hike well worth it.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Absolutely amazing and strenuous trail!

Monday, September 05, 2016

7/19/2016: Maroon Lake, Crater Lake, Buckskin Pass, Willow Pass. Incredible scenery, tough elevations.

Friday, July 29, 2016

This is a beautiful, strenuous and rewarding hike. You can experience Maroon Lake, Crater Lake, Willow Pass and Willow Lake all in one hike. I recommend starting early as the majority of the hike is above treeline and very exposed to the sun. You have no shade from the final ascent to Willow Pass until Willow Lake. Keep in mind, you'll be ascending again on the way back from the lake, so save some energy for that significant 1.5 mile incline, let alone the remaining descent back to Maroon Lake. Wildflowers were abundant in late July as were pika and marmots. It was a very quiet hike on a Thursday morning. I kept a decent pace with a brief break at the lake and finished the hike in 7-8 hours.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Hiked up this trail 1st day , Then set up camp.2002-09-15

10 months ago