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West Maroon Trail

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Trail

9.0 mile 14.6 kilometer point to point
81% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 2,007' 612 m
Descent: -2,306' -703 m
High: 12,357' 3,766 m
Low: 10,091' 3,076 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 50% (26°)

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Enjoy spectacular panoramic views from this open and challenging trail.

Tom Robson

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The Maroon Bells Scenic Area is a recreation fee area; there is a mandatory fee. The Interagency, Senior & Golden Access Passes are honored.

From mid-June through September, Maroon Creek Road is restricted to vehicles from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m beyond the T-Lazy 7 Ranch. Take the shuttle from Aspen Highlands Ski Area, which leaves every 20 minutes; dogs are allowed on the bus. rfta.com/routes/maroon-bells/

Description

If using this trail as part of the Four Pass Loop, the West Maroon Trail starts from an intersection with Fravert Basin Trail in Scholfield Park where you'll head east, away from Schofield Park to West Maroon Pass.

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.

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Photos

The awesome Maroon Bells
Feb 9, 2015 near Snowmas…, CO
Beautiful Maroon Peak running past Crater Lake.
Sep 11, 2015 near Snowmas…, CO
What a day in the mountains...Top of Maroon Pass looking way down toward my beer.
Aug 29, 2014 near Crested…, CO
Wildflowers, looking southwest.
Jan 23, 2018 near Crested…, CO
West Maroon Pass sunset.
Sep 5, 2017 near Crested…, CO
Maroon Bells and Crater Lake.
Apr 1, 2015 near Snowmas…, CO

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