The hike to Crater Lake starts at one of the most iconic views in Colorado: Maroon Bells viewpoint at Maroon Lake. From there follow the lake around to the right and you’ll see the trailhead. Then it’s 1.4 miles of stead incline through Aspen Groves before you make it to the lake. The first time I did this hike we watched a young moose play and swim in the lake for 45 minutes.
A few things to know:
- You need a shuttle reservation or a parking permit – Plan ahead these go very quickly for the weekend spots!
- Bring bug spray
- Dogs are allowed on leash and on the shuttle