West Maroon Trail is a 12.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.
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.
First half is just amazing - not to be missed! But be prepared for rocky terrain.
7/21/2016: Incredible. Bring plenty of water if you're hiking the pass.
We hiked from the East end of the trail in CB into Aspen. It was raining and hovering just below 50 degrees, but even in the slug if was a gorgeous hike!
Hiked from Maroon Lake 3.6 miles out (couldn't cross the stream with 2 young kids). Fairly rocky, totally worth it, but wear good shoes. Half exposed. If you're going to DRIVE in, you have to be through the gate BEFORE 8am! Gorgeous hike, busier as the day goes on.
Great moderate hike for 4 miles then a little steep the last 2/10 up. Drove to trailhead on Gothic past Emerald lake in minivan, very dry day! Hike is over 8 miles there and back. You can complete a long trek to Aspen and get shuttled back or camp.
This was the first leg in a two day back-packing trip. It's a beautiful hike. You start at Maroon Lake, walk up to Crater Lake, and then up the valley and to the Pass. It's a longer day hike (closer to 11 if you go from trail head to trail head), and about three grand in elevation gain, but honestly not that difficult. For those interested in camping, you can't disperse camp near the trail-head in Aspen, instead you have to pay a small fee to stay in the campgrounds that are there. For us it was worth it since we were getting up early to start the day. Also, the parking fills up FAST. We went labor day weekend and it was completely full by 6:30am. Apparently this is the case on most weekends, not just holidays. There is an option to park in town and take a shuttle if you aren't able to find a spot in the main lot or the overflow lot, but the shuttle doesn't start running until 8am, which is a bit late to get started in my opinion. Once you get to the opposite trail-head, you can either disperse camp, or take a shuttle into the town of Crested Butte and stay the night. Another logistical piece, while the East and West Maroon Trail-Heads are close together on the Aspen side, they are NOT close together on the Crested Butte side. They are about 6 miles apart on the Crested Butte side. We opted to take a shuttle (Dolly's Mountain Shuttle) from trail-head to trail-head, camped at the base of the West Trail and hiked that way back to Aspen.
Hiked Aspen to Crested Butte and back in 3 days (with a full day and a massage in CB in between) with our dog (a 6 year old beagle). Dog did great on the hike (as usual), but my wife doesn't do well at altitude and got sick on the pass and descent. 12,000 ft is her limit and since the pass is only a little over that we thought she'd be fine. Otherwise, a great hike. Oddly, she was completely fine on the return trip, on which we took the same trail/route. We were a bit late in the season for wildflowers, but the view looking down the pass toward Aspen is beautiful. In CB we stayed in a private room at the hostel for cheap to avoid having to pack too much gear. Dog-friendly, too!
An awesome hike that starts at Maroon Lake, up to Crater Lake, and up the Valley between the Maroon Bells and Pyramid Peak beyond the lake. In the summer(July-August), wildflowers are abundant, great hike for photography.
Hiked from Crested Butte to Aspen in 3 days. Great backcountry camping, great trails, unbelievable views. Could not be more fantastic!!
Beautiful views. Went from Aspen to Crested Butte with a larger group. Strenuous when you near the pass - stop and look around at the awe-inspiring views. Well worth the effort.
Did this as the first day of the Four Pass Loop. Great hike, but the ascent at the end was tough! The flowers and views were amazing and there are great camp sites along the way. Wasn't too crowded when we went but it was a week day.
Started at Maroon Lake, hiked up to Maroon Pass in about 2.5 hours. It's moderate uphill most of the way, with some flatter sections, before a steep climb up to the pass. From Maroon Pass it took us 1.5 hours to get down to Schofield Park. Beautiful hike, amazing wildflower meadows once you get over the pass. Hiked back the same way the next day.
Did the latter part of the hike..had trail to myself. After .5 miles joined a trail used by horses and lots of biting flies. But the views were beautiful.
Did as part of the Four Pass Loop. The first part of the trail is crowded with day hikers but after you get a couple miles in the crowds thin out and you are alone with the mountains. The four pass loop is a must do!