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Quick Facts

West Maroon Portal Trailhead

Elevation: 9,580 Feet (2986.3 Meters)

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General Description

The Maroon Lake parking area provides access to many backcountry hiking trails
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The Maroon Lake parking area provides access to many backcountry hiking trails
The West Maroon Portal provides access to the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. The Maroon Creek and Maroon-Snowmass Trails start from here. Popular destinations include Crater, Maroon, Snowmass and Willow Lakes, West Maroon and Buckskin Passes, Maroon, North Maroon and Pyramid peaks. Additional parking is available just up the road at 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:
Normally Accessible: May through September (NOTE: Most trails above 10,000 are not accessible before the Summer months.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Inaccessible during Winter. Updated: 2002-12-23 14:47:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Trailhead Parking West Maroon Portal Trailhead
ICON Backpacking Maroon, Buckskin, Willow Lake and West Maroon Trails.
ICON Hiking & Walking Maroon, Buckskin, Willow Lake and West Maroon Trails.
ICON Horseback Riding Maroon, Buckskin, Willow Lake and West Maroon Trails.

Related Activities
Maroon Creek Area - The Maroon Bells Recreation Area is located southwest of Aspen and is subject to entrance fees. The most photographed peaks in North America, the spectacular Maroon Bells, are the focal point of this area.

Maroon Creek Road - Maroon Creek Road leads to Maroon Lake and the Maroon Bells, the most photographed mountains in the country. This route is good for taking an all day trip with a picnic stop.

Maroon Creek Trail - This trail offers a less crowded alternative to viewing the Maroon Valley. There are good views of the Maroon Bells and Pyramid Peak. This is a good day hike and is also a popular trail for horseback riding.

Maroon-Snowmass (Willow Lake) - This scenic trail is heavily used. Hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, fishing and camping are available. The trailhead is 9 1/2 miles up Maroon Creek Road. It's located within Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

Pyramid Peak - Pyramid Peak is one of Colorado's most difficult and dangerous fourteen thousand foot summits. No one should attempt this climb without the proper equipment and without advanced mountain climbing skills.

West Maroon Trail - This trail is one of the most heavily used trails in the Aspen area. Hikers, backpackers and horse travelers enjoy the wildflowers and access to the wilderness areas.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

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


Local Lodging

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

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