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Aspen to Crested Butte Hike Guide

The best way to get to Crested Butte from Aspen during the summer or fall is by foot. July is the best time to see the wildflowers and late September is ideal for fall foliage.


There are three routes that hikers can take between Aspen and Crested Butte, but the two most common are West Maroon and East Maroon Pass.

While West Maroon is the more popular of the two, it is steeper compared to the East Maroon route. East Maroon has great views of Emerald Lake, Copper Lake, and Pyramid Peak.

The West Maroon Route starts at Maroon Lake and East Maroon starts on the road up to Maroon Lake.

Book Shuttles

Book a ride in advance for pick up from the end of the trailheads.

From the West Maroon route, book a ride to meet at the Schofield Park Trailhead.

For the East Maroon route, book for pickup at the town of Gothic.

Hiking & Packing Tips

Start early in the morning to be over the pass by noon, as thunderstorms are common in the early afternoon.

Dress for the worst-case scenario. Starting out for a hike on a blue-sky day can quickly shift to rain, lightning, and even snow at higher elevations.

Stick extra layers and socks in your daypack and be ready to shelter overnight if needed.

Pack a daypack with sunscreen, bandages, and a satellite phone that can alert Mountain Rescue Aspen to any trouble.

Water is the key ingredient to acclimating and keeping you powered.

Bring enough food for the duration of your hike, and then some.

This article was brought to you by the Aspen Chamber Resort Association. Want the local scoop about what to do, where to go, and family-friendly activities in Aspen? Visit AspenChamber.org to find out.

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