Maroon Creek

Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness Area, Colorado

Elevation Gain1,451ft
Trailhead Elevation8,738ft
Elevation Min/Max8727/9561ft
Elevation Start/End8738/8738ft

Maroon Creek

Maroon Creek is a hiking and horse trail in Pitkin County, Colorado. It is within Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness Area and White River National Forest. It is 3.2 miles long and begins at 8,738 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,451 feet. This trail connects with the following: Lower Maroon Creek, Maroon Snowmass, East Maroon and West Maroon Portal.

Maroon Creek Professional Reviews and Guides

"Most hikers who have found their way into the Maroon Creek canyon head southwest, touring Maroon Lake or heading into the marvelous wilderness surrounding the Maroon Bells. This trail is the one less traveled, skipping through the flower-covered hillsides above Maroon Creek that you zipped past as you drove or took the shuttle up the canyon, and serving up great views of the steep pink-tinted slopes of the surrounding mountains.

While the scenery and seclusion of the Maroon Creek Trail is marvelous, the trail surface can be somewhat treacherous, especially after a rainstorm, when water and horse hooves combine to transform the path into a pock-marked quagmire."

"The Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area is one of Colorado's oldest wilderness areas, and in the 45 years since its creation it has also become one of the state's most popular outdoor recreational destinations.

Tens of thousands of visitors flock to Maroon Lake every summer to see the famous Maroon Bells Peaks, and thousands more feel compelled to walk the tails into the heart of the Elk Mountains. If you are looking for solitude this isn't where you should be, but if you seek inspiration this is definitely your hike. There are a few scenes along this trail, especially on the first day, that are guaranteed to make your blood run a little faster."

"Few can resist this easy lakeside stroll with beautiful Maroon Bells providing a dramatic backdrop. Kids love spotting the lake’s beaver lodge and examining the shoreline’s aquatic life.

Also, the Maroon Creek Trail (Hike 36) begins here, allowing families with mixed ages to take the youngest hikers on this lakeside hike while the older ones follow the more ambitious creekside trail downstream. The creek hikers can time their return on the shuttle bus to coincide with the lake hikers."

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Trail Information

Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness Area
For current conditions and more information, contact AspenSopris Ranger District, or (970) 925-3445
Local Contacts
USFS Guide to the Maroon Bells Recreation Area; USGS Maroon Bells
Local Maps

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Oct 2018