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One of the best valleys I've ever hiked from Maroon Lake to the Pass

You can cutoff about 1.2 miles if you get dropped off early in the morning in a left pullout around a large bend in the road before Maroon Lake (see the map). You then ford the... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2016
Coastman3
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Palo Alto, California
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Palo Alto, California
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Reviewed 8 September 2016

You can cutoff about 1.2 miles if you get dropped off early in the morning in a left pullout around a large bend in the road before Maroon Lake (see the map). You then ford the river (ankle deep in August/September) and walk up a spectacular wide valley behind Pyramid Peak. Truly beautiful with a gradual assent to the 11,800... More 

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Breckenridge, Colorado
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2016

Just back from this trail, it is fabulous but definitely some caveats....Firstly it is long, my GPS said 17 miles from Trailhead to Trailhead, it took us 9 hours with very few stops so you need to start early; in July that means ideally 6am. Secondly there are water crossings, we had 6 that we need to take our boots... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

E. Maroon was great until mile 7 of 16. We crossed some streams easily, but then we heard the roar from the next crossing. We had water shoes and made it across but with numb feet. But the next water crossing was a monster. We turned back. Later I was told by a Ranger that there were two helicopter rescues... More 

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2016

Be sure to bring your camera as this is a very beautiful trail and worth taking if you love the beautiy of nature at its best. A must do.

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Aspen, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2015

Trail begins with gentle upward grade, getting into a pine forest, than has areas of a more concentrated up, eventually getting to the top of the mountains, large grassy fields usually filled with millions of wild flowers...view spectacular...this is not a one day hike, as it takes a day to get to Crested Butte, necessitating being met at the Crested... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2015

It was misty and rainy the day that we visited the Bells. Be sure to prepare for any type of weather. It came and went throughout the day. This is a pretty easy walk but there are some portions that are rocky. They aren't really steep, but in the wet weather can be slippery. Bring some water - especially if... More 

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Delray Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2015

This trail is great and mostly down hill. You can start at Maroon Lake, walk down the trail and meet the bus when running or you can turn around and walk back to your car if driving for a longer hike. In the fall the Aspen groves are beautiful to walk through.

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Reviewed 6 July 2015 via mobile

One of the most beautiful hikes we've been on. The trail is along Maroon Creek. There are an abundance of wild flowers. Most of the hike is through dense alpine forest and offers a tremendous amount of shade. Come prepared for abrupt weather changes. We experienced rain and mud. The trail can become very slick in some spots. ..so wear... More 

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