Maroon Lake Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Elk Mountains
14ers Served:  Maroon Peak, North Maroon Peak, Pyramid Peak
Road Type:  Paved Road 0   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD paved to the TH.
Directions:  Drive to Aspen and locate the start of to the Maroon Creek road at a roundabout just west of town. Measuring mileage from there, drive 3.2 miles where you'll pass a ranch - this is where the road is closed in winter. At 4.7 miles, reach the entrance station to the park. During summer, there are restrictions to general travel on the Maroon Creek road. The road is closed to cars during the day (people ride buses to reach the lake) unless you are an overnight hiker. Overnight hikers are allowed to proceed any time of the day. Continue to the end of the road at 9 miles. If you're hiking in for a high camp, there's an overnight parking area on the left. The Crater Lake trail starts near Maroon Lake.
Winter Access:  Closed at the ranch, many miles below the TH.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2009-10-30 I called the Aspen Ranger Station today. They said the road is open although there is snow in places. 4wd should be able to make it to the lake. He felt it should melt off with good weather this week end. He said the snow around the Lake and higher would be there for the season. Nelson         
2009-08-01 Road is open the entire way. Got charged $10. Maybe it was because we had 2 people in the car. Too many tourists though. TI83plus         
2009-06-03 The Road is open to Maroon Lake Trailhead. There is a Forest Service Fee Station that charges a $5 fee to gain access to the road. centrifuge         
2008-05-31 Road is open. hiked in from 6 miles out and was greeted with a mob of tourists the next day. Prairie Native         
2008-05-27 I just called the Ranger Station and they said they are working on plowing the road right now. There is an anticipated opening date of June 1st, but there is some road damage, so it might not be open then. mtnbikerskierchick         
2008-05-20 Just to refute the previous poster, the road is not open, and will not be open until at least June 1st when the county may decide to plow it. Couloirman         
2008-05-15 Maroon Lake Road opens May 17th. s_tuning         
2008-03-16 Closed near the ranch, approx. 6 miles below the lake. BillMiddlebrook         
2007-05-22 Road will open for vehicles 9am on Friday May 25, 2007 sam         
2006-07-10 Open BillMiddlebrook         
2005-08-08 The fee to the entrance ends at 7pm. Anyone arriving after this time, it is free. However, I understand if you have a Golden Eagles pass it is free anytime. It is roughly 5 miles to the \"overnight\" parking. brianat2000         
2005-07-24 Free access to trailhead until 7:00 then it's $15 till 9:00 when the road closes to everyone except overnight trips. CO Native         
2005-05-30 Road open. cjw         

The Bells seen from just above the lake and trailhead (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-05-16)The trailhead parking area (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2008-09-08)

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