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.
West Maroon Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Classic Colorado. Simple and clear, Maroon Lake is classic Colorado. This is the picture on the postcards— the Maroon Bells clad in ribbons of snow during winter, skirted in greenery and wildflowers in summer, and set off by the electric yellows of the changing aspen in autumn, all reflected postcard picture perfect in the still waters of Maroon Lake. You can place yourself front and center by hiking the Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. None of the braided trails around Maroon Lake are backbreakers, but the farther you travel toward the Bells, the more work you will do. A ten-minute ramble through soft meadow to the blue shore of the tarn, or a climb through whispering aspen that tests the lungs and knees— it’s your choice."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Best Easy Day Hikes: Aspen (Falcon Guides).
"There is something magical about the Maroon Bells. Perhaps it is their saturated pigmentation, or their lofty summits, or it could be the multifold layers of eroded sandstone. Most likely it is their magnificent setting, which is mirrored in jeweled Maroon Lake. The Maroon Lake Scenic Loop is actually two loops formed into a figure eight. The bounty of wildflowers make this a wonderful experience for lovers of natural beauty. Wildflower Alert: You’ll find yourself wandering in a sea of wildflowers serenaded by water on this scenic trail."
--Pamela & David Irwin, Colorado's Best Wildflower Hikes: The High Country (Westcliffe Publishers).
"A brief stroll along Maroon Lake and West Maroon Creek. This easy day hike visits the shoreline of Maroon Lake, then explores the beaver-rich waters of Maroon Creek above the lake. Fabulous views of the Maroon Bells can be had all along the route. The initial stretch along the lakeshore has been paved and is wheelchair accessible."
--Erik Molvar, Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Ania Savage, Best Hikes with Dogs: Colorado (The Mountaineers Books).
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