Southwest of Aspen, the 29 mile Maroon Bells Loop is a challenging hiking trek mainly above 11,000 feet crossing four alpine passes above 12,000. This 4-5 day route is best traversed clockwise and starts from Maroon Lake. These Elk Mountains have scene a resurgence of the protected Lynx.
There are two primary access points. In the east, the trailhead is at Maroon Lake, known as West Maroon Pass Trailhead. The trailhead is at the end of CR13. In the west, the trailhead is at West Maroon Trailhead off CR317 on the north side of Schofield Pass.
Overall, Maroon Bells Loop is the 12th most popular hiking trail of all 72 hikes in Colorado.