Crater Lake via West Portal
Colorado is renowned for stunning landscapes, and awe-inspiring Maroon Bells reflected in Maroon Lake is one of the top contenders. Great layered heaps of deep red sandstone, including 14,165-foot Maroon Peak, make up the intriguing formations known as the Maroon Bells. Hikers going beyond Maroon Lake to Crater Lake get to see the “Bells” much more intimately. The hike to Crater Lake is a “century” trail, meaning at least 100 species of wildflowers appear along the trail at peak bloom. This description begins at West Portal Trailhead, which rises and then drops to a view of Maroon Lake. The Maroon-Snowmass Trail takes the hiker up to Crater Lake. The one-way distance is two and one quarter miles from the West Portal to Crater Lake. Be alert for adverse weather, especially in the afternoon— clouds build quickly into thunderheads. Wildflower Alert: Over 100 species make this “century” trail a floristic fantasy.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Season||Bloom is late June through August|
|Top Elevation||10,076 ft|
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