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***no glass***
***pack out your poop***

Stunning hike and hot springs, except that we cleaned up and packed out a previous camper's food trash and poop, in addition to our own. The hotsprings was lovely but people brought glass wine bottles and glass pipes. This area is world class! Be a better steward!

We are pretty fit ladies from Denver and we took six hours going up and four coming down. My GPS/Garmin claimed it was 9.8 miles (?!?).

The creek fording was mid-calf/below the knee on June 13-15.

Gorgeous place. I hope people don't ruin it.

hiking
1 day ago

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.

hiking
1 day ago

The trail is the summer road for trucks up the mountain. It isn’t as steep as the Ute trail or other trails up, but we didn’t get a lot of shade and felt challenging for us novices as most of it is at 15-30% grade except for a somewhat flat portion for 0.5 miles or so. The nice part is the gondola ride down is free, and dogs are allowed (we brought our 8 month old German Shepard puppy who didn’t seem to have an issue).

Incredible hike, the new permit system and ranger enforcement has really gotten the area cleaned up. Springs are very clean. If you can do it on a weekday you'l likely have the area to yourself or only with a few other people. Not near as difficult of a hike as a lot of people seem to make it out to be. Trailhead to main pool in just under 3 hours, back down to trailhead in just over 2 hours. Don't think of it as a 17 mile hike, it's more like a 8.5 mile hike, with several hours in a hot spring, with another, separate 8.5 mile hike afterwards.

GPS clocked around 8.4 miles each way, trail and campsites are now free of snow.

Love this trail as a warm up hike when getting to Aspen and getting acclimated. It is a great cardio workout with a moderate incline and an easy run down into town.

At this current time with the condition of the trail, it is easily do-able in one day! There's really not a lot of wet trail, mostly dry except for the creek crossings. I started at 0730 and I was at the hot springs by noon. I had the springs all to myself for about an hour, which was a very nice treat. The trek down took about 3 hours, but I was hoofing it pretty hard on the descent. Definitely will see some wildlife! I saw two moose! and others I talked to on the trail had seen a bear. The rangers were out and being very stingy about permits and bear canisters, so make sure you have both if you're doing an overnight. Enjoy! It's a magical place.

Backpacked this 6/13-6/14, trail was fairly moderate most of the way up until about the last mile. That was the steepest part of the hike in my opinion. Also, got to the top and we were booked to camp inside eight. My partner and I spent amount 45 minutes to an hour simply looking for the site. We did not find it, as a lot of the area inside seven and eight were covered with snow. Not sure if you can find them now. We ended up staying inside one, even though online everything looked book, there were probably approximately six groups at the top. Also a woman that I met at the top said that this trail was actually approximately 10 miles instead of the 8.7 miles according to the app.

We did a 3 day backpacking trip from Aspen to Crested Butte so I'll break it down day by day. There was 5 of us and all of us are in our upper 20s and in good shape. However, only one of us had been on a long backpacking trip like this before.
Day 1: Arrived at Condundrum Creek trailhead on Aspen side on June 14, 2018 around 9 a.m. Got to the springs by 3. Still a few parking spots left. Parking doesn't seem to be as much of a problem as I thought it might be due to people constantly coming and going on the trail. However, it was a Thursday, not a weekend day. It took us about 6 hours to reach the hot springs including lunch and other short breaks. The river you have to ford towards the end of the hike was not difficult at all but we did not see the rope that is mentioned in other post. The last 2 miles is the most difficult part of this hike with most of the elevation gain in this section. The springs were beautiful, clean and only had about 20 people in them that night. Didn't feel crowded at all. Most people chose the nude option when in the springs. No snow pack on the trail at all this time of year. Definetly a doable out-and-back with just a day pack but would need to start early.
Day 2: Hiked over Triangle Pass to Copper Lake. Started around noon and got to the lake around 5. The hike up to Triangle Pass was very difficult with about 2,000 feet of elevation gain in only 2-3 miles. You cross over 4-5 small streams, about 2-3 snow packed areas and 2-3 small scree fields. It gets cold and windy towards the top so bring warm clothes. From the top of the pass it is a 2,000 foot elevation drop over about another 2-3 miles down to Copper Lake. There are about 7 areas where you have to walk through snow pack and most of the way down is through scree fields. Not particularly difficult but very tedious and tiring especially after just summiting Triangle Pass. The whole trip took about 4-5 hours. The last hour or so was difficult as we were very tired. However, Copper Lake was definetly worth it. We camped out there that night and had the whole lake to ourselves. Would not recommend hiking all the way down to Crested Butte from Condundrum Springs in one day and unless you are a very strong and experienced hiker or started early enough to take a lot of extended breaks.
Day 3: Continued down Copper Creek Trail down to the Judd Falls Trailhead. Was only about 4-5 miles long. Downhill the whole way. Had to ford a few small creeks but was a very easy and relaxing hike to end the trip. Only took about 2 1/2 hours.
Overall, a challenging trip, especially for beginners. But the springs, the views and alpine lake made it all worth it. The challenge was just part of the adventure.

hiking
5 days ago

Nice trail; nice views; long climbs. Last part was kinda weak, walked a long ways down a road.

This is a great hike with beautiful views and a CLEAN hot spring at the end. Sorry, but this is easily doable in one day. My daughter is 27 and I'm 54 years old and we not only did it one day, but drove all the way back to Colorado Springs too. Do get there earlier in the day bc the parking lot fills up fast. Happy trails!

Awesome trail, no snow at all. Took us 3 hours with a short lunch break at the lake.

Great trail. Beautiful views. Hot springs were wonderful! Too many people on the trail though.

12 days ago

Rocky, steep switchbacks and incline the whole way. Worth the effort bc the views are beautiful! Swing on the swing!

hiking
12 days ago

The six mile drive up Lincoln Creek Road can be a little dicey, but don't let it put you off -- it actually gets better toward the end. We have a Chevy Traverse (grocery-getter) and had no problem. The trail begins with a bit of a climb, but then levels out onto a valley meadow that follows Grizzly Creek all the way up to the lake. There are several river crossings, but none that need be wet (the first may seem wet, but if you follow the river up a bit you can hop across on the islands. The going gets tougher after the river crossing -- some snow, but didn't even need our micro-spikes. The farther you go, the steeper the climb -- that last half mile was tough. Throughout the hike you have beautiful views. My wife and I are 60, and we had no problems. One of our favorite hikes in the Aspen area.

Came from the Aspen side and got an early start (7:30am). I highly recommend it as the campsites fill up quickly. The hike is pretty difficult, but manageable. The last push is the hardest and you just want to get there. We camped at #8 and though it's up the hill, you have a nice "balcony" there to look over the hot springs. I expected it to be crowded, but it wasn't that bad. Even got some alone time in the springs. We were there at the end of August, and it got pretty cold at night. 32 degrees. Stayed 2 nights then hiked up to Triangle Pass and into Crested Butte. Now, about that...

We left too late (10:30) and the hike to Triangle is very difficult, especially with 35 lbs on your back. Once over the pass, the trail is a long hike through scree. No one warned us, so I am doing it here. It was very scary. We had to ford many streams down the trail and it got too dark to do that, so we ended up having to camp another night. Be prepared and leave early.

walking
18 days ago

Embarrassing, but I was a little confused. I parked, crossed the bridge, and followed the trail over the bridge. Lots of fallen trees and it ended at the river across from the campground. I’m thinking you take a left once you cross the bridge. I did a rock scramble and ended up making it though. Very beautiful!

Completed last year. Tons of fun, excellent hike!!

hiking
19 days ago

There are tons of trails that lead all over. Something like a microburst appears to have happened and covered a lot of the designated trail. We found our way. Great hike!

hiking
20 days ago

A wonderful easy and short hike through the woods. We saw a weasel near the lake

hiking
21 days ago

It’s basically a windy gravel road up a little mountain! It has LOTS of incredible views and even an observation deck and bench where you can stop for a bit. The trail is well kept and easy to navigate but i probably wouldn’t do this one again bc it was just a little too easy. Great for beginners though! And also great for dogs off leash!!

hiking
21 days ago

As of 6/1/18 the top is still snowpacked and the trail easily lost. Can’t wait for a few more weeks to try it again.

Came from Aspen side, Memorial day weekend 2018: By the time we left the trailhead around 845am, the parking lot was emptier than I thought it'd be--about 50%. Much of the trail was very wet and muddy-- Goretex /waterproof boots were necessary (for me). The notable stream crossing after Silver Dollar pond was about knee-high at mid-day and not bad with some Tevas and a trekking pole. After that point, there were more stream crossings around ankle high--gatiers would keep your feet dry unless you can stand some water getting in above your ankles. Our campsite #9 was past the hot springs up the mountain. Much of it was covered in snow and unfortunately was quite sloping. The views were absolutely stunning though.

Coming from the aspen side. Trail was really easy to follow and a good hike. One part was really washed out but with trekking poles was ok. Snowshoes no longer needed. Many campsites still covered in snow. Maybe bring a shovel to dig yourself a level spot. Snow was mashed potatoes and lots of postholing. We brought snowshoes and didn’t need them except to hit our campsite (#11). Other than that, a good water proof pair of boots are essential. Sandals and trekking poles for the creek crossing. The water was about knee height and moving with some force. Pools still not very hot due to run off flowing in.

Beautiful trail! As of 5/26/18, the top portion of the switchbacks are still snowpacked and extremely difficult to traverse, and the lake is frozen. If you are hiking to see the lake, I would recommend waiting a few more weeks. I am excited to try the hike again later in the summer.

Hiked this may 26-27. Incredible trip. Only stayed a single night but the spring is well worth the effort. With an evening and a morning soak before hitting the trail, it was about as much as we needed. Truly incredible natural spring with views of the peaks and a stunning shot of the valley you came up. The creek crossing was a great addition to the diversity of this hike. Don’t forget your permits and bear bins - rules and regs here https://www.recreation.gov/permits/Conundrum_Hot_Springs_Maroon_Bells_Snowmass_Wilderness/r/wildernessAreaDetails.do?page=detail&contractCode=NRSO&parkId=156790

I love how you can see so much on this trail: aspen forests, rock slides, three lakes (2 from a distance), and lots of wildlife. But, I think it’s the same beauty from Maroon Lake.

One of my favorite places I’ve ever hiked. It’s difficult, but worth the views.

hiking
30 days ago

23rd May - quite busy at the bottom half of the trail, no one to be seen after Ute Rock Overlook. There is still a fair amount of ice at the top of the mountain but I managed with hiking boots. Check to see if the Gondolas are running if that’s how you plan to get back down, they weren’t today ;)

Coming from the Crested Butte side, things to know in mid-May: There is a gate three miles prior to the trailhead in which only locals can pass. The gate opens for a short 30 minute window each day if you’re lucky. Bring snow shoes, there is snow 3 miles up from the trailhead which gets as deep as five feet. If not, prepare for miles of postholing which will really slow you down. There are five water crossings. Two have downed logs to carefully walk across. The other 3 will get you wet below the knees. Once you’re above tree line, the snow covers most of the trail, making it slippery and slow moving. Don’t forget your permit, bear spray, and bear box as they are required.

Dogs are prohibited here. it's in the Snowmass wilderness. This is protected wilderness. you may get a huge fine. Better do your research.

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