Description: The trail starts at the Maroon Lake parking area traversing through a meadow to the far end of the
Lake and a Forest Service bulletin board. The Maroon-Snowmass Trail is to the right. It climbs 1.8 miles through
aspen trees to Crater Lake. Take the left fork at the Crater Lake bulletin board. The West Maroon Trail skirts the
right side of Crater Lake. After the lake the trail follows the stream for a short distance and then enters the
forest. Upon emerging from the forest you will cross a rocky scree field. The first stream crossing is in a little
over three miles. This crossing is fairly wide and can be extremely dangerous during high spring runoffs. The trail
on the other side is not always visible before crossing. The trail climbs through forest and willow before reaching
another stream crossing in an open area. After crossing, the trail angles to the right and climbs steadily through
willow and then tundra. This area is very open and the pass can be seen in the distance. The trail continues to
climb steeply through switchbacks followed by a long traverse that ends at the top of the Pass. The views are
spectacular on a clear day. From the top of the pass the trail descends on the other side to the East Fork Creek
Trail and Schofield Park into Crested Butte or Frigid Air Pass.
Directions: From roundabout, drive 9.5 miles to Maroon Lake day use lot. Follow Crater Lake trail - the West Maroon Trail skirts the right side of Crater Lake.