Description: A very popular but steep day hike often used as a starting point for extended backpacking trips into the wilderness. Great views of Maroon Bells, Pyramid Peak, and Snowmass Lake are offered. Overnight camping is available in Minnehaha Gulch. Camping is prohibited in the alpine meadow and not available until the other side of Buckskin Pass.
Directions: From mid-June through September Maroon Creek Road beyond the T-Lazy Seven Ranch is closed
from 8:30 am to 5:00 PM. You will need to take a shuttle from Aspen Highlands Ski Area. Ask Forest Service
visitor information personnel for bus schedule info and September road closure hours. If you get an early start
drive 1/2 of a mile west of Aspen on Highway 82 to the Roundabout. Go around the Roundabout and turn right
on Maroon Creek Road. Drive 9-1/2 miles to the Day Use parking lot at Maroon Lake. Backpackers may use the
road at any time. Stop at the Forest Service Entrance Station to pick up a pass for overnight use in the Overnight
parking lot at the lake. If the lot is full you can park 1/4 mile down the road at the West Maroon parking lot.