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Quick Facts

East Maroon Trail

Average Time: 8 - 9 Hours one way
Beginning Elevation: 8,709 Feet (2714.8 Meters)
Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation Gain: 3,091 Feet (963.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,800 Feet (3678.3 Meters)
Length: 11 Miles (18.33 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 128 Maroon Bells, Redstone, Marble
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 1983 to East Maroon Pass
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Maroon Bells, Highland Peak

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

During July and August wildflowers of many types grow in lush groves throughout the Colorado Rocky Mountians
Copyright: - US Forest Service
During July and August wildflowers of many types grow in lush groves throughout the Colorado Rocky Mountians
This wilderness trail provides good backpacking opportunities and is also a good horseback trail. From East Maroon Portal, cross the bridge and bear right. In about 1.3 miles the trail branches, continue left for the East Maroon Trail (Maroon Creek Trail goes to the right), which soon crosses into the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. At 4.2 miles the trail again branches, keep straight and at the 5.7 mile mark two old cabins can be seen. At seven miles the trail forks, take the right fork to East Maroon Pass (the left goes to Copper Pass, Triangle Pass and Conundrum). At the top of East Maroon Pass there is access to Copper Lake and Gothic for further hiking and backpacking. There are no trail bridges beyond the first 1/2 mile so, hikers are expected to use back country primitive skills for river crossings.

Directions from Aspen: From mid-June through September, Maroon Creek Road is closed to vehicle traffic from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., you will need to take a shuttle. The shuttle leaves from the Rubey Park bus station in Aspen. If you get an early start, drive 1/2 mile west of Aspen on Highway 82 and turn left onto Maroon Creek Road at the roundabout. Drive 6.4 miles on Maroon Creek Road to East Maroon Portal, turning left into the parking area and the trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: June through September (NOTE: Due to snow at high elevations access to the trail may be limited.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Winter Conditions. Beware of avalanche danger and hypothermia. Updated: 2002-12-23 14:36:00.0

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Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: this was a great trek, but beware the last mile going to snowmass lake is a bear. I will be back this year to do it again

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking This trail links to several other trails.
ICON Cold Water Fishing
ICON Hiking & Walking East Maroon Trail
ICON Horseback Riding East Maroon Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness

Related Activities
Conundrum Creek Trail - Although the trail is moderate in terrain, it is a long day hike or 2 day backpacking trip. The trail generally parallels Conundrum Creek up the valley, following an old jeep trail which then turns into a trail.

East Maroon Portal Trailhead - The East Maroon Portal provides access to the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. The Maroon Creek and East Maroon Trails start from here. Popular destinations include Maroon, and Copper Lakes, as well as East Maroon Pass.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Aspen Ranger District, 806 W. Hallam , Aspen, CO, 81611, Phone: 970-925-3445

Links to other sites:
Forest Conservancy - Current Information from Local Volunteers: Closings and Conditions


Local Lodging

Stay at the Aspen Square Hotel
Stay at the Aspen Square Hotel

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