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West Maroon Trail is a 20.4 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 20.4 mi Elevation gain 5,396 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Camping Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Getting There

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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Bart Bartlett
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Beautiful. Starting to snow.

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Winsome Cooke
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HikingGreat!

Absolutely amazing. Fall colors are in its peak. Started in crested butte and camped outside maroon bells for the night then hiked back. Aspen to CB is more difficult but knocked it out in about 6.5 hours with a steady pace.

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Angie Ruddell
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HikingGreat!IcyRockySnow

The wilderness area is absolutely gorgeous! Hiked Sept 12-13, 2020, starting from the aspen side (parked aspen highlands and taxied to trailhead at 6am). Caught sunrise at the bells. Took us 7 hours day one and 5.5 days two on the return. The melting snow presented quite the challenge the first day- spikes and poles really helped, and I recommend them even without a snow storm. The ascent on the aspen side is daunting but doable. The terrain is very rocky from aspen, and i imagine the muddy conditions will stick around for a while as the snow melts and the trail is trafficked. The summit is fairly small so we didn’t spend much time up there. Used dollys on the CB side to get to town and back in the am. On time and super nice! Highly recommend.

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Joe Zwick
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beautiful hike. Got caught in a blizzard which made things interesting. Lots of snow up there right now. The road to the trail head at the Crested Butte side of the pass is likely closed by now. None of the shuttles would pick us up but we were saved by Taylor at the Elevation Hotel in CB.

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Cody Müller
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Michelle Maehler
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Nice gradual incline from CRested Butte side for the first 3miles, one steep incline to the pass then its downhill from there, not bad at all! Beautiful views, even with the limited visibility from the smoke. Would like to do again with better vis.

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Hendrik Bessembinder
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Joshua Greenburg
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HikingGreat!
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Ricky Franks
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Great day! Started in CB on 6am shuttle with maybe 15 people, thinned out quickly and had nearly the entire hike to the top to myself. Overall minimal mud and all streams passable with some rock hopping. CB side was night and day from aspen side: folks everywhere. Last ~2 miles packed with tourists. Personal preference for CB side: smoother less rocky trail, more interesting view, less people, tons of flowers. Ending on aspen side was stunning but quite a long run out to get there. More active river this time of year on aspen side that’s with you most of the way. Would consider starting in CB not through hiking next time. Overall amazing hike, highly recommended.

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Larry G
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HikingGreat!

Did this hike on 8/4. The flowers and views were amazing. Hike from Aspen to CB. Great stream at the TH in CB to dip your tired feet.

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Audrey Inman
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Can anyone with a parking pass give 2 girls a ride from aspen to trailhead Sunday morning? 770-843-0761

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Jeremy Bates
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Awesome! The summit is a little hairy, but overall a hike to remember. Bucket list category.

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John Foreman
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Eric Olson
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Awesome hike and a long day, the views are gorgeous every step you take, the trail wasn’t that steep until the final stretch, but it is a lot of miles for me in one day

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Waleuska Waleuska Pallais
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I only completed 16miles of this trail due to incoming thunderstorms but still a breathtaking trail every step. Very rocky and definitively recommend good footwear. Lots of people on the trail but not overcrowded so there were still many moments of solitude to take in all the beautiful nature. I’m from Miami and this was my first hike on this particular trip to Colorado. Needless to say my lungs felt it but just go slow and steady. You’ll be fine. Very easy to follow trail for the most part. I’m a solo hiker and I felt very safe. Highly recommended!!

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Tom Wehr
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Amazing trail. Highly recommend it. Took us just under 7 hours. Tons of wildflowers on both sides.

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James Sink
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Great hike. The hike is 12 miles CB trail head to Aspen trail head. Last few miles lots of rock in trail. Overall incredible day

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Kay Hikes Away
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We hiked this trail from Aspen to Crested Butte on July 4th and had perfect conditions. Started at 5:45am and finished in 6 hours. We only had one creek crossing at about the 1/2 way point where we had to take off our boots, the water was deep and fast. There are still a couple of patchy snowfields but they are totally traversable and will melt within a week. Unbelievable views the entire way. The CB side was loaded with wildflowers and had the most Columbine I’ve ever seen! Logistics, (drop off, parking, pickup), are a major factor with this hike, plan ahead!

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Jane House
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Great trail in beginning of October. Not busy around Crested Butte. Very scenic. Open views, not shaded most of the time. Gets very busy with people close to Aspen. Aspen portion of the trail is very rocky , hard to walk. There is a shuttle that takes you to Aspen at the trailhead, goes every 15 min.

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Kate Davis
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Backpacking

This trail was beautiful with all the Aspen's changing! we camped near Crater lake night one, then headed to Scofield pass the next day. This hike is definitely more challenging going Aspen to Scofield. We camped then headed back to Aspen the next day! stunning views and after Crater lake the crowds die off. Highly recommend!

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Nima Sarram
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HikingOff trail

Very fun trail! Absolutely beautiful. A difficult hike but it is totally worth it. Make sure you come prepared

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KC Campbell
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Great hike with fantastic views and lots of wild flowers! Several creek crossings, but shoes stayed dry. We started at 6am to get a spot in the overnight parking lot at Maroon Bells, and there were still several spots available. Snow plug on Crested Butte side meant another two miles of hiking to meet the shuttle. Overall fantastic hike and highly recommended!

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Dawn Goodman Ferry
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Unbelievable scenery and wildflowers. Easier trek from Crested Butte side.

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Dawn Goodman Ferry
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A wildflower explosion! Started in Aspen under moonlit skies w stellar stars to ensure that we would not be rushed, have plenty of time on top of the pass, could take an abundance of photos, hike the extra 2 miles past the snow pug on the Crested Butte side, etc. Watching the sun come up on the Bells was stunning. Trail was in great condition and no photos can possibly do the miles and miles of wildflowers justice. Many more people coming up form the CB side than going from Aspen it seemed. All river crossings safe with no need for shoe change out. Wildflowers seemed to be in full bloom minus the last mile or so on the CB side. Be ready to be amazed! For those hiking to CB, turn left on the road at the end of the trail. The home is one mile uphill before heading downhill past Emerald Lake and then across the snow plug. Go another 1/4 mile to meet various shuttle services. Some pickups w high clearance are beginning to go over the snow plug. Dolly’s will not do so until they have one wheel on cleared ground and do not expect that to happen this season. Absolutely stunning scenery and wildflowers!

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Karen Gilland
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Just hiked West Maroon trail from Maroon Lake to West Maroon Pass and back to Maroon Lake. It took me 8 hours. I did not do the Crested Butte side. SPECTACULAR! Lots of wildflowers and the scenery is amazing. The trail is long, but not really all that hard. There are long areas of flat and gentle uphill and then some steeper parts but steepness typical of most mountain trails and no special technical skills required. There are some very rocky (ankle breaker) parts but much is dirt path. **You will have to cross West Maroon Creek in two places and that's calf-deep water right now. Its not dangerous, but your feet will get wet. Bring water shoes for the crossing or hike in wet feet. Also the there are other small stream crossings where your feet might get a little wet. Also its quite muddy in places. Its very do-able, but its wet. There is a little bit of snow, but it was not an issue. There is a lot of vegetation that you will rub up against constantly. Long sleeves and long pants or leggings will save your skin. Its a wonderful hike. The evidence of avalanches is also pretty amazing.

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Natalie L
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