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Crater Lake Trail

Forest Rd.380, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970-925-3445
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Worth the climb!

I have hiked this trail many times over the years. Wear good hiking boots because there are lots of... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Better hikes are out there

After being dropped off by the bus, took the short walk to the lake at the bus area/restroom/water... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jacksonville, Florida
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This easy, one-day hike from Maroon Lake is a great outing for the entire family.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good20%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“crater lake” (83 reviews)
“moderate hike” (14 reviews)
“maroon bells” (60 reviews)
Forest Rd.380, Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970-925-3445

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Reviewed 5 days ago

I have hiked this trail many times over the years. Wear good hiking boots because there are lots of rocks and boulders, otherwise enjoy!

Thank rainforesttrvlr
Reviewed 1 week ago

After being dropped off by the bus, took the short walk to the lake at the bus area/restroom/water station and decided to take the trail to Crater Lake. Trail was wet, slippery, had lots of loose rocks, and very crowded with lots of people. You...More

Thank FloridaRB
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The hike to Crater Lake takes you to the base of the Maroon Bells. The hike is about 4 miles round trip. It is at altitude and can be strenuous if you are out of shape but it is worth it. Go early as it...More

Thank Climb14ers
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a gorgeous little hike. No scrambling. Regular mtn trail w some rocks. Never very steep. Took us less than an hour to get to the lake & the whole way was just beautiful. What a gorgeous scene when you reach crater lake! I'm...More

Thank aimee c
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Taking a hike up to Crater lake in late September is really unmatched for aspen viewing. The entire hike is surrounded by aspens and when in their fullest golden glory, it is an absolute must-do and bucket list type of thing. What an amazing place....More

1  Thank bguth11
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our hike took longer than unexpected and was definitely rougher than we thought it would be. In September, Crater Lake is rather dried up. Some of the scenery was beautiful along the way with the aspen changing leaves (September 11). We also saw several mule...More

Thank Teresa B
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 10 September 2017 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 4 September 2017 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 1 September 2017

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

Thank Phyllis H
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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.