The impressive Maroon Bells
The scenery around the Maroon Bells is reputed to be the most photographed spot in Colorado for a reason: The view to the southwest from the Maroon Creek valley upon the Maroon Bells will be one of the most premier scenic overviews you will ever see. “Maroon Bells” is the name for two peaks in the Elk Mountains of Colorado, the Maroon Peak and the North Maroon Peak. Both peaks are amongst the famous 53 “fourteeners” of Colorado, which means they exceed a height of 14,000 feet. The two peaks are 14,163 feet (Maroon Peak, 4,315 meters) and 14,019 feet (North Maroon Peak, 4,270 meters) high and are located not far from Aspen.
You can start your hike right from the parking area up the trail to Maroon Lake. After a few minutes you will be amazed by a first glimpse at the Maroon Bells already. Even the last bit of doubt why this is such a famous spot will be vanished after you look at the scenery with the Lake in front of you and the mountains right behind. If you turn to your left you will also see Pyramid Peak, yet another fourteener. Meanwhile, hike the trail beside the right side of the lake and then follow the sign that says “Scenic Loop Trail”.
Through the Aspen Forests
Thereupon the hike continues over a little bridge above West Maroon Creek while the path takes a gentle slope upwards. With sturdy shoes the uneven trail should not be a problem at all, even for inexperience hikers. Remain on the trail beside the river and you will get to another bridge that goes over the West Maroon Creek from the right side. However, leave the bridge aside for now and follow the path straight ahead towards the Aspen Forests. The name of the city Aspen actually come from the trees in this area. Advance on the trail that starts departing a little bit from the Creek.
Eventually the Loop Trail takes you back towards Maroon Lake, where you will see the Creek again and cross the bridge that you left aside before. Afterwards simply follow the trail beside the Lake back to the parking area.