Conundrum Hot Springs

Aspen, Colorado 81612

Conundrum Hot Springs

Conundrum Hot Springs Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Undeveloped alpine pools, a 9-mile hike from parking and 11,200 feet above sea level in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area near Aspen. Clothing optional. White River National Forest and Maroon Bells– Snowmass Wilderness Area regulations apply."

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7/13/2011
Just made it home from a great two day trip. The hot springs are warm and clean. The locals are well lets just say they were friendly. This was a very fair trail and probably the easiest 3000ft elevation gain I have ever made. The wildflowers are in full bloom and the Columbines are everywhere. The water crossings are all easy with good foot bridges in place. Except the last one at about 6.5 miles in! There is no foot bridge and the beavers have made the trail a marshy mess. Be prepared to wade at least to your knees at this crossing. For a short 2 day trip this trail had all of the elements of a great backpacking wilderness experience.
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10/5/2009
My girlfriend and I did this hike as a day trip- we moved swiftly and it took us about 3h 15min each way. The trail is in great condition, the views are fantastic, and the springs were clean. We passed three parties hiking out that camped Sunday night; all said it was a cold, snowy night. There was about 3-4 inches of fresh snow in the last 3 miles. We had the springs to ourselves and the temp was fantastic. I have done this hike as an overnighter last June and I have to say that the day hike was much more enjoyable. Although it is a long day of hiking, there is plenty of time to soak and relax at the springs if you chose to do this as a day hike. There is one addition I would make to the trail description. As you approach the 2nd bridge, the trail forks- the left fork takes you immediately to the bridge and the right fork is a well established trail that eventually ends. I made the mistake taking the right fork, which made a long day of backpacking even longer.
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8/28/2009
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8/15/2009
One of my first long and high hikes. And while I surprised my experienced friends with my strength/stamina/speed, it was definitely a long and strenuous hike. Admittedly, I was also carrying the heaviest pack. Lol. It was all so very worth it, though. Miles and miles of beautiful Colorado scenery... from wildflower fields to breathtaking talus fields. Stream crossings, quiet wind-whispering forests, and gorgeous valley views! All of it capped with one of the best rewards you can ever ask for after an all-day hike up 4,000+ feet and 8+ miles... a natural hot spring! :) Sitting in that 110+ degree water and sipping espresso-flavored vodka as the darkness took over the sky and allowed the seemingly countless stars come into view.... :sigh:... I'll take that memory with me forever. :)
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6/6/2008
EPIC Snow this year has left the last 2 miles of this trail covered by 4'-6'. If you are planning this trail I would delay for a couple of weeks. I just spent alot of money and did not get to make the springs. If you can not delay your trip take snow shoes and start early in the morning while the snow is still hard enough to walk on. Overall this is one of the most awsome displays of nature that Ive ever had the pleasure of taking in. The lower part of the trail looks like something out of Backpacker Magazine.
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7/15/2007
My husband and I did this hike as an overnight backpack on July 4, 2007. We passed about 15 people leaving on our way in, so it was not very crowded at the springs. The trail is well marked with a good surface most of the way. The views are stunning the entire trail - we went through fields of knee-high columbine and Indian paintbrush that were a variety of colors. There was snow on the peaks and quaking aspen. The campground is nice - large and private sites. There are lots of opportunities to filter waterat camp and on the way there, so you don't have to carry a lot. Overall, a wonderful hike with a great reward at the end.
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8/7/2006
wonderful hike. We spent one night at the hotsprings so managed this hike in two days. Doing this hike in one day would be incredibly long and you wouldn't be able to take advantage of the hotsprings...we soaked at night and the next morning. Hotsprings were relatively crowded - 20 people, at times, on a tuesday night. Views are gorgeous and is well worth the 18 mile hike.
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10/13/2005
An amazing hike with an amazing reward at the end. if posible dont go on the weekends. on sat night there were over 30 people camping at the springs. it was close in the big tub.
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8/29/2005
A wonderful but well used trail. The hike its self is not very difficult so you can take in the scenery but the elevation definitely takes its toll. You could absolutely do this as a day hike but you would miss the wonderful campsites and millions of stars as you soak the night away. People seem to be taking better care of the springs in the past few years and when I was up on a Monday night I shared the spring with only two other people.
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8/22/2005
Hike was very straightforward. It was raining and at times hailing the day we went but the Hot Springs were great. The campsites around the Springs were clean and nice as well, though overall this is probably a better day trip than overnight. Definately worth trying, but check the weather report.
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Trail Information

Aspen
Nearby City
9
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
Mid-July through mid-Oct, depending on snow and creek conditions.
Season
Hot Springs
Features
Maroon Bells Quadrangle; Hayden Peak Quadrangle; White River National Forest; San Isabel National Forest; Gunnison National Forest; DeLorme: Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer: p. 46, E3.
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