Conundrum Creek

Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness Area, Colorado

Elevation Gain1,857ft
Trailhead Elevation11,177ft
Elevation Min/Max11177/12914ft
Elevation Start/End11177/11177ft

Conundrum Creek

Conundrum Creek is a hiking and horse trail in Pitkin County, Colorado. It is within Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness Area. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 11,177 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,857 feet.

Conundrum Creek Reviews

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My wife and I went up Conundrum Creek as part of a loop hike. We took a cab to the trail head from Aspen, since we were hiking back down the East Maroon trail where we would get the Maroon Bells shuttle. Cunundrum is an easy 8.6 mile ascent to the hot springs and the springs are not overly impressive. It is nice to bathe in the back country though. The designated campsites are heavily used and there is too much evidence of people for my tastes. After the springs, the hike up to Triangle Pass is much steeper and Triangle Pass is very washed out and dangerous. The Conundrum side is not bad, but the back side is barely there and some of the sandy washed out sections would barely hold my weight with full pack as I clung to the side of the mountain. It was a relief to get finished with this pass and take the short spur up to Copper Pass and enter East Morroon drainage. We didn't see any other hikers in East Maroon until we were nearly out on our third day. Camping was tough because the terrain is steep and the first good areas we found had lots of bear scat around them. We did eventually find a nice spot to spend a stormy night before hiking out and catching the bus back to Aspen. There are two deep stream crossings on East Maroon and one on Conundrum, so you should carry sandals on this hike.
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I believe this is one of the most beautiful spots on earth! You do have to be prepared for the elements however. There can be some intense weather up there! Be prepared for lightning storms that will excite your spirit of adventure. Some of the creek crossings and fords on the way up (and down)are a little tricky. I chose to wade across at one point instead of balancing across a slippery 35' log. Still one of my favorite spots...the flowers and foliage along the trail will bring tears to your eyes, its like you're in oregon or hawaii.

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Trail Information

Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness Area
Aspen District, White River National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Hayden Peak, Maroon Bells, Gothis
Local Maps

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Dec 2018