This trail serves as a short and very popular day hike, or starting point for extended backpacking trips into the wilderness. The trail starts at the Maroon Lake parking area traversing through a meadow to the far end of Maroon Lake to a Forest Service informational bulletin board. There are 2 ways to reach Crater Lake, to the right is the Maroon-Snowmass Trail and to the left is the Maroon Creek Trail. The Maroon-Snowmass Trail climbs through the aspens to the lake. The left trail or Scenic Trail, follows the river (crosses 2 bridges) then climbs steeply to merge with the Maroon-Snowmass trail.
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The West Maroon Trail and Maroon Snowmass Trail are one until they fork at Crater Lake. These are two of the most heavily used trails in the Aspen area.
Directions from Aspen: From mid-June through September the Maroon Creek road is closed from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., you will need to take a shuttle. You can catch the shuttle from Rubey Park on Durant Street in Aspen. There is a fee for the Maroon Creek Shuttle.If you get an early start, drive 1/2 mile west of Aspen on Highway 82 and turn left at the roundabout onto Maroon Creek Road. Keep right and continue 9-1/2 miles to the Maroon Lake parking area.
May through September
(NOTE: Snow may obstruct the trail Early in the season.)