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Maroon Snowmass Trail

 5 votes

1.8 Miles 2.9 Kilometers


Singletrack

578' 176 m

Ascent

-14' -4 m

Descent

10,150' 3,094 m

High

9,572' 2,917 m

Low

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

22%

Max Grade (13°)

All Clear

75 days agoUpdate

One of the most popular trails in Colorado, for good reason.

Tom Robson

Overview

From mid-June through September, Maroon Creek Road is restricted to vehicles from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m beyond the T-Lazy Seven Ranch. Take the shuttle from Aspen Highlands Ski Area, which leaves every 20 minutes; dogs are allowed on the bus.

The Interagency, Senior/Golden Access Passes are honored.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Description

This trail is one of the most heavily used trails in the Aspen area. Hikers, backpackers and horse travelers enjoy the wildflowers, views and access to other areas within the Wilderness.
Camping at Crater Lake (designated sites only) and Snowmass Lake (designated sites only) can get very crowded. Expect a large numbers of campers at Snowmass Lake, especially on the weekends.

The trail starts at the Maroon Lake parking area. To the right of the Lake, the Maroon Snowmass Trail traverses through a meadow to a Forest Service bulletin board at the far end of the lake. The trail continues to climb through scree fields and aspen groves before a beautiful "rock garden". From here the trail drops down to Crater Lake.

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Oct 14, 2017
Andrew Cook
1.8mi
Oct 10, 2017
Brady Godbey
Jul 4, 2017
Sammy Feegs
Jun 27, 2017
Jen Paulus
Crater Lake trail to the lake and then back to finish with lower scenic loop. Gorgeous views. Go early to avoid crowds and shuttles. Technical footing 4.5mi
Jun 17, 2017
Lauren Weber
Jun 8, 2017
Taylor Lederman
Oct 26, 2016
Freddy Skelt
Frost everywhere.
Jul 17, 2016
Ozzie Arioc
Beautiful hike. Early morning a most. 4.7mi — 1h 54m

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  4.6 from 5 votes

#13

in Aspen

#3150

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in Aspen

#261

in Colorado

#3,150

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All Clear 75 days ago
Some Mud, Icy - Hiked Sep 23rd clockwise. Gorgeous all around! Had snowed day before. Some mud and a little ice on North facing descents
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