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Lake bed was dry in September!

Hiked up from Maroon Bells with a picnic. Gentle incline, but technical because of the rocks. It... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Not for beginners

We were under the impression that this was an easy trail...it was not. Not being acclimated to the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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This easy, one-day hike from Maroon Lake is a great outing for the entire family.
Forest Rd.380, Aspen, CO 81611
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hiked up from Maroon Bells with a picnic. Gentle incline, but technical because of the rocks. It took us several hours and is not for the out of shape. Been up here when the lake is full. Not so this time. Still beautiful and worth...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This trail is so rocky that it makes for very difficult walking. I had a sore foot and all the rocks on this trail made it so much worse. Walking on a flat surface would have been okay. Unless you are fit and part mountain...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were under the impression that this was an easy trail...it was not. Not being acclimated to the elevation and being out of shape didn’t help either. I made it to the top though. Breath taking views and worth the trip. The lake was dried...More

Thank AprilH0507
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great hike if you want to see the Maroon Bells up close. Crater Lake itself may be dried up depending on the time of year (and the amount of snow the previous winter), but it's really the Bells that are the main...More

Thank Esprit_2012
Reviewed 11 September 2018

This trail is made more difficult because of the rocks. It does not gain much elivation and can be hiked by most anyone in reasonable physical condition. Good hiking boots, trekking poles, first aide kit, and plenty of water is a must. Go early to...More

Thank chadz52
Reviewed 20 August 2018

Went on the Crater Lake Trail which was an easy hike to a lake with the beauty of the Maroon Bells in the background. Since the summer was a bit hotter, much of the lake was dried up, but the the Maroon Bells was worth...More

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Reviewed 20 August 2018

While there are pretty views at this trail, it isn't the most well maintained and can be rocky in places. I wouldn't say this is enjoyable.

Thank TravelEatSleepz
Reviewed 17 August 2018

Tiny, mostly dried up lakebed. Good views to the mountain peaks beyond but the lake is a disappointment. Perhaps it depends on the time of year and snowfall from the previous winter.

Thank txzaza
Reviewed 14 August 2018

This is one of the worst maintained trails in Colorado. Due to extremely busy traffic, the trail is rocky, worn an unpleasant. The Crater Lake view later in the season may be disappointing, as late in the season there is little (or almost none) water...More

Thank MXB48
Reviewed 14 August 2018

So take the hike up. Many views along the way as well. It is just a more "grand" and closeup view of the Bells from here for sure. Hike is not to be missed. And don't worry about being out of shape this is a...More

Thank ExRIGuy
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6 September 2018|
Response from Shanna S | Reviewed this property |
No, there are not. The are restrooms at the base by the parking lot
Admir S
6 August 2018|
Response from Pierre C | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is required
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7 July 2018|
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Response from Shanna S | Reviewed this property |
It's over a mile. I'm in pretty good shape and am prepared for the altitude. It's an easy hike, won't take long at all. An hour and a half or so