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West Maroon Pass

Contributed by ranchez

This a long day hike or a leisure overnighter - depending on your preference, begins at Maroon Lake. This area is one of the most photographed in Colorado - for good reason!

Past Crater Lake, the trail follows the lush valley between Len Shoemaker Ridge (13,000ft) and Maroon Peaks (14,000ft). The trail criss-crosses West Maroon Creek several times (bring your trekking poles). The creek can run fast and high in the early spring.

In late summer, heavy under-growth gives way to an astonishing array of wildflowers approaching the treeline.

In its last two miles, the trail gains over 1,000 feet as you climb the rocky terrain to the the 12,480-foot pass.

Follow your path back to the trailhead. for a 12+ mile turnaround trek.


From Aspen, travel west on CO 82 for 0.5 mile. Take the second exit at the traffic circle onto Maroon Creek Road. Drive 9.5 miles to the trailhead.

Length: 6.3 miles  |   Rating: Difficult
Activies: Dog-friendly, Day Hiking, Backpacking

Trailhead Elevation: 9,500

Trailhead Waypoint: 39.098194 N -106.940254 W

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Management Area(s)
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
White River National Forest

Pitkin County

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