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Crested Butte to Aspen Hike

 

In early August of 2021, we completed the 11 mile hike from Crested Butte to Aspen consisting of a 2000 foot climb to West Maroon Pass and a long descent to Maroon Bells outside of Aspen.

Unfortunately, due to a nearby fire the sky was pretty hazy which impacted our views and photographs.

 

Topographical view of the hike:

This is an 11 mile hike from Crested Butte to Aspen, but a 3 1/2 hour drive as the only roads must go around signficant mountains. Some people spend the night on the other side and hike back the next day. We opted for a shuttle ride back to Crested Butte.

Hike Profile:

The hike up from the Crested Butte side is steeper and prettier with a greater abundance of wildflowers. Once you reach the summit of West Maroon Pass, there is a long descent into Aspen over a rocky trail which ends at the normally bueatiful Maroon Bells Lake, though on this day the Bells were obscured by haze from a nearby fire.


 

 


Final approach to the Summit and reaching the Summit....

 


After a quick lunch, we start the long descent into the Aspen area culminating at the Maroon Bells Lake....