West Maroon Creek Trail

Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness Area, Colorado

Elevation Gain3,250ft
Trailhead Elevation10,131ft
Elevation Min/Max10083/12504ft
Elevation Start/End10131/10131ft

West Maroon Creek Trail

West Maroon Creek Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Pitkin County, Colorado. It is within Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness Area. It is 4.7 miles long and begins at 10,131 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,250 feet. Along the trail there are camp sites. The trail ends near the West Maroon Pass (elevation 12,385 feet) saddle. This trail connects with the following: Maroon Snowmass.

West Maroon Creek Trail Professional Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best Hikes with Dogs: Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Ania Savage
View more trails from this guide book
"There is a shuttle bus from Aspen from mid-May through mid-September that you must take if you are setting out after 8:30 AM, which is when the Maroon Lake Road closes to private cars. Shuttle stops are near the McDonald’s in town or at the Highlands Ski Area off Colorado Highway 82. People pay a fee, but dogs ride free. Call the ranger district for information. When you are in Aspen, you must see the Maroon Bells, the most deadly and arguably the most beautiful and most photographed mountains in Colorado. You will not be alone in this sightseeing endeavor, so preplanning is necessary. In peak season, either plan an early start, or plan on taking the shuttle bus from Aspen."

West Maroon Creek Trail Trip Reports

5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
icon2 Total
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
On the day my husband and I walked this trail, tt was perfectly sunny, the sky was cloudless and the views were astounding. The wildflowers were in bloom like you wouldn't believe - watch for the hummingbirds who were attracted to the tall slender stalks with small white blooms! This is a fairly easy trail for all abilities and you will not find any better Rocky Mountain scenery with such little effort. The reflection of the Maroon Bells in the lake will have you using up film or digital space in minutes! There is a small waterfall and rushing stream that is crossed by wooden bridges that add to the ambiance. With the lush foliage, it would be wise to apply bug repellant before walking through the narrow parts of the trail. Certainly use sunscreen and bring water as there is none for sale (just restrooms and fountains) at the Visitor Center.
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
This is one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Alpine Peaks, crystal clear lake, Aspen trees. Because of its easy accessiblity it's always crowded. But, if you Bike in after 5:pm or camp you can have access when its not crowded.

West Maroon Creek Trail Photos

Trail Information

Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness Area
Skill Level
Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness
Local Contacts
USGS Maroon Bells
Local Maps

Trail Log