“One of the most popular trails in Colorado, for good reason.”
— Tom Robson
Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
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.
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.