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Maroon Lake Trailhead

Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake landscape

Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake with reflection of rocks and mountains in snow around at autumn in Colorado Rocky Mountains, USA. Stock photo by haveseen via Envato Elements.

No Colorado fall color hiking list is complete without the popular Crater Lake Trail at Maroon Bells Trailhead. This 3.6 mile trail contains one of the most photographed spots in Colorado, and for good reason. The trail begins at Maroon Lake with the famous Maroon Bells towering in the background. Many people don’t continue past this point, so hikers will lose some of the crowd as they hike further back.

Hike up the trail 1.8 miles to Crater Lake, passing by large aspen groves on the way and getting a close-up view of the majestic Bells in all their glory.

*Due to Covid-19 restrictions, reservations are currently required to enter the Maroon Bells Wilderness Area.

Danielle Maxey

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