West Maroon Trail
ElevationAscent: 2,007' 612 m
Descent: -2,306' -703 m
High: 12,357' 3,766 m
Low: 10,091' 3,076 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 50% (26°)
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“Enjoy spectacular panoramic views from this open and challenging trail.”— Tom Robson
From mid-June through September, Maroon Creek Road is restricted to vehicles from 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m beyond the T-Lazy 7 Ranch. Take the shuttle from Aspen Highlands Ski Area, which leaves every 20 minutes; dog are allowed on the bus.
After gaining the pass, the trail angles to the left and descends steadily through willow and then tundra. This area is very open and Crater Lake can be seen in the distance. Cross a stream at a very wide and sometimes washed-out section - be careful here! The trail on the opposite side can be difficult to find after heavy rainfall or during spring runoffs.
After more tundra traveling, the trail reaches a massive scree field. After this rock field, the trail enters a dense forest and eventually pops out next to a beautiful stream. Follow the stream to its source, Crater Lake. The trail eventually diverges from the water and works its way around the eastern side of Crater Lake to the information bulletin board. After a few more meters, West Maroon Trail terminates at Maroon Snowmass Trail.
Land Manager: White River National Forest - Maroon Bells
May 16, 2019: Forest Service approves Wolf Creek Storage Wells project