West Maroon Trail

HARD 35 reviews

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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
12.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3454 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
7 days ago

Hiked Aspen to Crested Butte and then back the next day. Beautiful hike, the wildflowers are fully in blown especially on the Crested Butte side. It's muddy with several creek crossings. Hiking poles will be helpful for the steep and rocky parts. If you arrange for a shuttle through Dolly's Shuttle on the Crested Butte side you can avoid the 2 extra miles from the avalanche.

hiking
9 days ago

Hiked from Aspen to Crested Butte on July 15... very muddy and the extra 2.5 miles from the avalanche covering Gothic Road were killer. With that said, it was breathtaking and like no other hike! It's worth it for the mountains, the snow, and the wildflowers. And the Aspen side is very different from the CB side. Beautiful.

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11 days ago

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12 days ago

I hiked Aspen to CB. The views and flowers were amazing. I have never seen such spectacular flowers as I did on the CB side.
1. Bring water shoes. There is still a stream crossing this year that's about 2ft deep;cold and slippery. I used a pole to help my balance after watching 2 people slip and fall in.

2. Aspen side had a lot of mud and water. I recommend high top waterproof boots. This is different than other years. Typically trail isn't so wet and muddy.

3. Shuttle has worked out an option so you don't have to walk the 2 miles to and from the snow slide to catch it.

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1 month ago

Wildflowers were unreal! Such a beautiful hike and extremely rewarding

I did this trail June 19, 2017. We could only make it 4.25 miles out. We made it well past Crater Lake. After Crater Lake, you are mostly walking on snow and the trail is difficult to find. To go over the pass, you need the right technical gear at this point in the season. We didn't meet anyone that day who had made it over. Most beautiful hike!

2 months ago

4 months ago

Super beautiful during the wild flower season! Part of 4 pass loop but still not too crowded

hiking
10 months ago

First half is just amazing - not to be missed! But be prepared for rocky terrain.

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11 months ago

7/21/2016: Incredible. Bring plenty of water if you're hiking the pass.