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Maroon Bells - Colorado
What to do if you have little time : Maroon Lake
Located near the famous Aspen ski resort this site is, according to several sources, one of the most photographed in North America. And it's true that the place is beautiful. In autumn, the trees put their best colors. If the weather is clear, minutes after sunrise are the best time to photograph the Maroon Bells, when the sun begins to illuminate the peaks of the Maroon Peaks.
Accès : arriving in Aspen by the North from Highway 82, at the roundabout take the Maroon Creek Road to the West and continue on this road. Please note that in summer there are traffic restrictions during the day from 9 am to 5 pm. During these hours, no motorized vehicles are allowed on the Maroon Creek Road. Then there is no choice but to take the paying shuttle (6$ per person). In low season, it's 10$ per vehicle, included in the pass "America the Beautiful".
Maroon Lake Trail
From Maroon Lake we have views of the Maroon Peaks rising to almost 14100 feet meters, the lake being at 9400 feet. If the wind is absent, the water is calm and reflection of the mountains on the water is beautiful. This easy walk along the lake is 0.9 mile round trip. It allows you to follow Maroon Lake.
Falls Loop Trail
This trail starts in the upper end of the lake. To reach the trailhead you must first have traveled Maroon Lake Trail. Falls Loop Trail is 1.5 miles round trip. It then accesses a pretty small waterfall surrounded by aspens.
Crater Lake Trail
After traveling half the Maroon Lake Trail, we access on the right to Crater Lake Trail, 3.6 miles long. It is a little harder than the others because it climbs a little (393 vertical feet). What makes it especially more complicated is the altitude. When we arrive at Crater Lake, we are at 10000 feet above sea level and the breath is affected. This lake is note as pretty as Maroon Lake, but it's also less crowded.
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