38. West Maroon Pass Trail, Colorado (13 miles)Learn More
“This is probably the most photographed piece of scenery in the west, if not in the United States,” says John Waterman. And for good reason: There are two stunning alpine lakes, a couple of waterfalls, meadows sprinkled with wildflowers, and rolling mountain scenery dominated by three 14,000-feet peaks, including the Maroon Bells and Pyramid massifs. “I won’t lie to you, it’s a popular destination,” says Waterman, “but very few people ever get beyond the first mile.” Waterman suggests a two-day roundtrip, from Aspen to Crested Butte, where you can stay the night in a bed-and-breakfast and the next day hike back to your car in Aspen via East Maroon Pass.
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