Explore the most popular lake trails near Aspen with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Most beautiful place I’ve hiked!

Hard hike but just as scenic the entire way up as at the top. We got lost at the top, so stay left and cross the creek. No snow on the trail as of 6/16.

We are two first time backpackers from Wisconsin. We planned to do the hike in four days but completed it in 3 days. Definitely one of the most beautiful hikes we have ever done! There are lots of water options, the false summit had an extra hump that surprised us, and there was a small section that still had snow which was challenging but do able (near snowmass lake). We would definitely recommend this hike!

Amazing hike! Completed this on 6/22, no worries about snow patches. Willow pass from maroon lake is a bit tricky, but well worth it!

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3 days 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.

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3 days ago

I hiked this with my six year old nephew on June 9, 2018. We took the shuttle, which was nice on the way up. On the way back, we had to wait, and it was hot with not much shade. However, the hike was amazing and totally worth it. We hiked about a half mile past Crater Lake, which was incredible because of waterfalls that could not been seen from Crater Lake. The trail itself was very rocky and a bit difficult, but totally worth it.

Great hike! very challenging for our group of scouts, being from Arkansas! But completed the hike in 3 days. The beauty is stunning definitely a bucket list hike.

One of my favorite hikes in Aspen. It is a moderate hike and my app calculated a total distance of 6.5 miles in and out. The initial 1.5 miles has the steepest incline followed by a slower incline. I would not recommend doing this trail as one of the first hikes in Aspen. Bring some bug spray, water, snacks and a camera. Pace yourself and enjoy the magnificent views and wildflowers.

Great Trail for taking the kids. Beautiful scenery!

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6 days ago

I did this gorgeous trail solo last weekend and it did not disappoint. Maroon Lake was crowded with a wedding/tourists but once I headed up the trail I had it (mostly) to myself. It’s narrow and rocky in most parts. There’s a good amount of shade which kept the temperature just right for a tank and shorts. My little dog even hiked most of it too! Definitely a trail we’d recommend. Pack water, an extra cell phone charger to ensure great pics and a wind breaker! The open air sections get breezy up at the top and it can be chilly.

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8 days ago

Great hike! Pretty easy but bring a snack and water. Boots not totally necessary, but I’d wear some next time we do it... I wore running shoes (unplanned hike) and they did fine but it does get rocky at some points so the extra stability would have been nice. We clocked the hike in at 2.7 miles from maroon lake and we went past the lake so not sure where the miles were pulled from on here. Could have been our app too.

Love this hike

My wife and I went last weekend. It was beautiful at the top. It's a steep climb at a high elevation, but it's short, and the lake at the top is pretty. It was a bit muddy and marshy at the top from runoff, but the trail was almost completely snow-free.

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

Not too long. Amazing payoff with the high mountain lake. Went with my wife and two boys 9 and 11. Had to take a couple breaks on the steeper sections but they made it no problem. Went in mid June and had some good snow melt runoff and only a couple sections a little muddy. Still a couple snow banks to play with and snow around the lake. Awesome..

A bit rocky, but so amazing. So pretty. Anything about this trail is worthwhile, and totally awesome. Bridges covering mini waterfalls at every turn and a huge lake at the beginning and end. Recommend for everyone.

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14 days ago

My wife and I decided to hike 2.5 miles up this trail, beginning at the Western TH (Linkin Lake side), which takes you up to the saddle above Independence Lake. For a day hike this was perfect -- LOTS of snow on the trail. We didn't need spikes, but the trail disappears in the snow for most of the route, and there was some surprise post-holing as we stepped gingerly across some of the snow fields. Pretty exhausting, but the views were well worth it! There is a (very) wet river crossing near the start, so bring some water shoes.

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14 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.

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

15 days ago

Take two cars and drop the one at the lower trail head for this four hour hike over beautiful tundra forest and the Rocky Mountains

Absolutely breathtaking

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20 days ago

Great hike! Last half mile had a lot of rocks that were difficult at times, but it was manageable.

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21 days ago

Great hike with amazing views. One of the best hikes I've ever done in Colorado. I highly recommend it but arrive early! The shuttle to and from the visitor center gets busy later on in the morning/early afternoon. We arrived at the visitor center around 8am and it was fairly empty. The trail was a bit challenging in some spots due to big rocks. There is a lot of shade from the sun and the reward of arriving at the lake at the end of the hike is totally worth it.

A great hike to take out of town visitors on. Just challenging enough with wonderful views.

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22 days ago

There’s a review shortly down on the list by Amanda Sobkwicz that is just a flat out lie. No one has slipped and died on this hike. Why someone would make that up is beyond me and must have some serious issues they need to work out. It’s a great hike and one of the easier ones in the area. Enjoy it and don’t worry.

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23 days ago

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

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23 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.

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24 days ago

Went on Tuesday. Highly trafficked trail for sure. AMAZING views though!! Worth the extra hike to Crater lake!!

Really beautiful trail! Pretty flat and gorgeous scenery- aspen trees, deer, river, maroon Bells!!

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