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Crater Lake Trail

Forest Rd.380, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970-925-3445
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We did the full 3.6 mile round-trip hike to Crater Lake (although we accidentally went to the right... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Parker, Colorado
Just OK

The hike is alright, steep in some spots and extremely rocky! Lots of loose rocks making it... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cleveland, Ohio
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This easy, one-day hike from Maroon Lake is a great outing for the entire family.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“crater lake” (77 reviews)
“moderate hike” (14 reviews)
“maroon bells” (58 reviews)
Forest Rd.380, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970-925-3445

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We did the full 3.6 mile round-trip hike to Crater Lake (although we accidentally went to the right at the fork near Crater Lake and hiked up a ways before realizing we should've gone left). I am so glad we started our hike right after...More

Thank GigerWife
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The hike is alright, steep in some spots and extremely rocky! Lots of loose rocks making it difficult to really pay attention to the scenery around you because you're having to calculate your steps. Crater lake itself was a disappointment. In my opinion the lake/scenery...More

Thank estrelle11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have heard/read that Maroon Bells is a beautiful place especially during the fall season... while the timing of this visit isn't optimal yet (fall foliage hasn't turned yet) it is already breathtaking. The magnificence of the 14'ers - 3 wonderful peaks are best enjoyed at...More

Thank Shane_Snow15
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Uphill rocky path! BEAUTIFUL views of mountains, Aspen trees and wildlife! This hike is doable for most average hikers.

Thank Phyllis H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

really enjoyed this hike - straight uphill and steep but good fun. Views at the top are worth it. Go at non-peak times, it gets busy.

Thank Vanessa D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great day hike to do on vacation! The trail was fairly rocky, but it wasn't too steep and went by rather quickly. The views are worth it and the only thing I found difficult was breathing from the altitude! Would recommend this...More

Thank Tari E
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Slightly more trying then I thought, but worth every very rocky step, even the rainshower did not deter us from reaching the Crater

Thank Robin K
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

A moderate 4 mile round trip to Crater lake is certainly worth it. The trail is very rocky so make sure you have good hiking shoes. Trekking poles will also help. The view of the lake was amazing. I was there by 8 am at...More

Thank JujuFam
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Outstanding natural beauty area we got dropped of by bus at Maroon Lake, where you can start multiplt hikes from. It is a lovely an easyish hiking area that we fell in love with and there's lots of animals like pikas and yellow bellied marmots...More

Thank catherinehoslo
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

We arrived at 620 am and the parking lot was almost full. You can only park before 8 am or after 4 pm. It is worth going early when there are not many people on the trail. You feel you own it. It starts to...More

1  Thank amy K
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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.
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.

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