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Quick Facts

Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

Average Time: 1 Hour
Beginning Elevation: 9,580 Feet (2986.3 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 120 Feet (37.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,700 Feet (3023.7 Meters)
High Point: 9,700 Feet (2956.6 Meters)
Length: 1.5 Miles (2.5 Kilometers) one way
Other Elevation: 12,600 Feet (3927.7 Meters) Willow Pass
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 128 Maroon Bells, Redstone, and Marble
Pets: Yes - Leash required.
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 2197
Usage: Very Heavy
USGS Maps: Maroon Bells
Vehicle Accessibility: Shuttle Bus, Passenger Vehicle - 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.

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Maroon Lake is located on the edge of the Maroon-Snowmass Wilderness Area.  It is easily accessible via Maroon Creek Road during the summer months.
Copyright: - US Forest Service
Maroon Lake is located on the edge of the Maroon-Snowmass Wilderness Area. It is easily accessible via Maroon Creek Road during the summer months.
This trail is one of the most heavily used trails in the Aspen area. Hikers and picnickers enjoy the wildflowers and views of the Maroon Bells and Pyramid Peak. A great family day hike with many photographic opportunities. The trail starts at the Maroon Lake parking area traversing through a meadow to the far end of Maroon Lake to a Forest Service bulletin board. Take the trail to the left. There are several bridges crossing the creek. The trail skirts around an active beaver pond and loops back to Maroon Lake.

Directions from Aspen: Drive 1/2 mile west of Aspen on Highway 82 and turn left onto Maroon Creek Road at the roundabout. Keep right and continue 9 1/2 miles to the Maroon Lake Parking Area.From mid-June through September, the Maroon Creek Road is closed from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and you will need to take a shuttle bus from Ruby Park in Aspen. The bus includes an informative guided tour of the valley. Contact the Roaring Fork Transit Agency at 925-8484 for more information.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Summer Season: June through September (NOTE: Due to the very heavy use of the area, Maroon Creek Road is closed from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visitors must catch a shuttle bus from the Ruby Park Transit Center in Aspen.) . Best Fall Colors: September through October (NOTE: The Fall colors are spectacular during the month of September. Call ahead to determine when the colors are at their peak for the year.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Winter Conditions. Beware of avalanche danger and hypothermia. Updated: 2002-12-23 14:37:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cold Water Fishing Maroon Lake
ICON Hiking & Walking Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Maroon Lake and the Maroon Bells are one of the most photographed areas in Colorado.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Aspen Ranger District, 806 W. Hallam , Aspen, CO, 81611, Phone: 970-925-3445

Links to other sites:
Forest Conservancy - Current Information from Local Volunteers: Closings and Conditions


Local Lodging

Stay at the Aspen Square Hotel
Stay at the Aspen Square Hotel

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