Hiking The East / West Maroon Trail Loop
The 12th most popular hiking trail in Colorado.
Wednesday 4 April 2018 03:52 GMT
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 12th most popular hiking trail of all 72 hikes in Colorado. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby East / West Maroon Trail Loop including Deer Creek, Green Lake Trail, Snodgrass Trail, Oh Be Joyful - Peeler Lakes, Lower Loop Trail System and Yule Pass TrailCopper Lake Trail.