Hiking The East / West Maroon Trail Loop

The 10th most popular hiking trail in Colorado.

North of Crested Butte and southwest of Aspen, a breath-taking loop can be formed with the West Maroon Trail and the East Marron Trail in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. This 32 mile loop can be started from either Gothic (north of Crested Butte) or Maroon Lake (southwest of Aspen). The triangle shaped route combines The West Maroon Trail, The East Fork Trail along the Crystal River, the 401 Trail Riders Trail, the Copper Lake Trail and the East Maroon Trail. It passes through aspen and pine forests up to alpine meadows near crystal clear lakes and rivers. Early July is optimal for amazing wildflowers. Expect snow until late June / early July at higher elevations. Snow will return in early September. Be prepared for snow/rain storms during any month. Note, the West Maroon Trail and East Fork Trail receive a lot of traffic, so plan for weekday or early day hiking.

Overall, East / West Maroon Trail Loop is the 10th most popular hiking trail of all 72 hikes in Colorado.

Hiking the West Maroon Pass Trail in Crested Butte

Hiking the West Maroon Pass Trail in Crested Butte

East / West Maroon Trail Loop Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  GNF (970) 641-0471; Crested Butte Visitors (800) 545-4505; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; Dollys Trail Shuttle (970) 349-2620; Alpine Meadows Hiking Guides (970) 349-0800.

Recommended Book:  "100 Classic Hikes Colorado" from Scott Warren

Best Season:  Jul. - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Pioneer Cabins (970) 349-5517; Oh-Be-Joyful Campground; CB RV Resort (970) 349-6160

Luxury Loding:  Scarp Ridge Lodge, Crested Butte (866) 479-4677; Elk Mountain Lodge, Crested Butte (970) 349-7533

Breakfast Restaurant:  Izzys Cafe; First Ascent Coffee Roasters

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/gmug/

Date Published:  

Date Updated:  8/7/2016

ID:  13935

East / West Maroon Trail Loop Hiking Map


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