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Crater Lake Trail

Forest Rd.380, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970-925-3445
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Moderate Hike...Fantastic Views!!

Hike can be done by small children to older people...make sure to wear good shoes and watch your... read more

Reviewed 16 March 2017
Ryan F
via mobile
A little challenging but worth it

This is a trail you can take from the where the bus drop you off at Maroon bells. It takes about an... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2017
Betty R
Aspen, Colorado
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Forest Rd.380, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970-925-3445
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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Hike can be done by small children to older people...make sure to wear good shoes and watch your footing. You can roll an ankle very easy. When you make it up top be sure to find the alpine swing it's so fun to swing from...More

Thank Ryan F
Reviewed 4 January 2017

This is a trail you can take from the where the bus drop you off at Maroon bells. It takes about an hr to get there and its really pretty. I'm not a bid hiker so that's why it takes me that long. I like...More

1  Thank Betty R
Reviewed 10 December 2016

HIke: I consider myself to be athletic and this hike was tough. Very rocky! Be prepared to have the proper footwear. Those hiking in flip flops - Beware!! Very slippery and rocky which is a combination for a really bad sprained ankle or fall. I...More

1  Thank TravelerAGG
Reviewed 23 November 2016

We love to hike, but this one was not our favorite, It's a long hike up, a moderate trail, very rocky and uneven hiking, and you arrive after all your effort to find a dry lake bed. Very disappointed we spent several hours for that....More

3  Thank i2ibass
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Thought that this hike would be easy from Maroon Lake and didn't realize a lot of hike was over loose rock. Great view when you get there but must wear good hiking shoes. People in running shoes were complaining and those in street shoes either...More

1  Thank Craig S
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

This hike is beautiful, especially in fall. The views are breathtaking. Crater lake is worth visiting and the best part was that it was graupeling when we hiked up there. Such a calm, serene place with wooden logs to sit and enjoy the nature!

1  Thank Prerak P
Reviewed 23 October 2016

This is a gorgeous hike. The views are amazing. The trail is rocky, so wear good shoes. Crater lake is a great place to take a picnic lunch.

1  Thank John T
Reviewed 22 October 2016

This is a great way to get away from the maroon bells crowds, but if you are looking for a pristine wilderness experience, choose a different hike.

1  Thank petergbiker
Reviewed 19 October 2016

For some reason our walk has to be rewarded but a view... well so we were a bit disappointed. I guess if you just want a walk: this is fine. It took us about an hour to go to the crater and 30mn to come...More

1  Thank Evelyne H
Reviewed 15 October 2016

This trail which is 1.4 miles from the end of Willow Lake is a great way to get up into the wilderness a bit and explore. I actually ran most of it though it's rocky and rough in places. Still, the trail is quite nice....More

1  Thank JSTrip_77
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I thought this trail was a walking trail? From your comment, it seems that it's an off-road driving trail? Is that right? I'm confused. Appreciate any help. I'm planning to be there next week. Thanks!
23 July 2016|
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Response from Diana R | Reviewed this property |
There is a parking lot at Maroon Lake. During the summer you can drive up before 8 am. After 8 am it's by bus. The hike to Crater Lake starts here. In May it took us an hour and a half because of snow.
How long does the hike take? Someone told me 7 hrs but the reviews I read here didn't take near that long. Thanks!
20 July 2015|
Response from rdangell | Reviewed this property |
It took us about 4 1/2 hours to make the complete circle, and we' went really slow. I think most people were completing it in around 3 hours.