Moderate to easy hike from Maroon Bells to Crater Lake. Highly recommend. Go on weekdays if possible to avoid crowds.
End of September... the trail runs thru the golden apsens. Stunning! Peeks of the lake and mountains between the trees... rocky at the top with vocal pica... and ends at Crater Lake. Everything about this hike is just stunning! Be prepared to take breaks and breath hard tho if you come from flatlands :) A lot of uphill on this... More
We had tried it last year but was a bit more than we bargained for that day so said we would be better prepared with water etc next time. We enjoyed a fairly strenous hike up into the Maroon Bells with great view. The lake was a little disappointing compared to Hanging Lake which was a shorter but more strenuous... More
Get to Maroon Bells early to take pictures and then start on your hike to Crater Lake through groves of Aspen trees. Round trip hike, including lots of picture taking was roughly 2.5 hours.
Awesome easy to moderate hike through aspens, beautiful views to the lake. We drove up and started at about 7:30 (you need to get there before 9am if you have a car – otherwise you have to take the bus). It costs $10 to enter the park. It was well worth starting early as the trail gets very crowded (and... More
We've been having a lot of rain this summer so we did encounter some muddy spots on the trail. Yes, it is rocky, but that's pretty standard here in Colorado. We went early 8 ish while the skies were still blue and had a minimal amount of contrails, and no clouds forming yet. But in the short amount of time... More
Nice hike through the Aspens from Maroon Lake. If you are in reasonable shape you should make it in about an hour, one way. About 500 ft of elevation gain over about 1.5 miles or so.
The trail is not too long, but long enough with plenty of places to stop and take pictures of the amazing view. It is a rocky trail and there is a very large section through broken rock but definitely something everyone can do even if you are not adjusted to the altitude if they are willing to take breaks and... More
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