Maroon Creek Road Running

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Summary

Runners looking for a moderate road climb and spectacular views will truly enjoy a run up Maroon Creek Road. After ascending for nearly eight miles from Aspen's roundabout, runners round a bend and are rewarded with one of North America's best views: the 14,000-foot Maroon Bells. In September, the run is especially spectacular thanks to the brilliant aspen leaves and snow-capped peaks.

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Leah Fielding

Distance

16.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

6.6 miles

Difficulty

3 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

4 hours

3-5 hours

Seasonality

Summer and Fall

Dog Friendly

No

Fees Permits

No

Review

Intro

Runners looking for a moderate road climb and spectacular views will truly enjoy a run up Maroon Creek Road. After ascending for nearly eight miles from Aspen's roundabout, runners round a bend and are rewarded with one of North America's best views: the 14,000-foot Maroon Bells. 

What Makes It Great

In September, the run is especially spectacular thanks to the brilliant aspen leaves and snow-capped peaks. Take a breather and take some pictures of you in front of the Bells. Unless, there's low-hanging clouds, you're almost guaranteed a good view of the Maroon Bells.Effective mid-June through Labor Day between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Maroon Creek Road is closed to vehicles except for the guided bus tours which drive to and from every 20 minutes, so runners can enjoy relatively empty roads. 

Who is Going to Love It

More experienced mountain road runners are best prepared for the ascent, but because it's possible to hop on the shuttle back to Aspen Highlands base area from the Maroon Lake parking lot, less experience road runners can also enjoy this run.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

You can run from downtown Aspen along Highway 82 or hop on the bike route on Hopkins Ave. to the roundabout and ride up Maroon Creek Road for about eight miles until you reach the Maroon Bells. If you run on the paved bike route, you'll pass an old mining building and community garden before coming to the pedestrian bridge at the very beginning of Maroon Creek Road. You can cross the bridge to access the road or stay on the paved path, as it eventually merges with the road. If running along the bike path be aware of commuter bikers and walkers. Remember, you can also hop of the free bus from Rubey Park in downtown to Aspen Highlands to modify your mileage, and you can always take the bus back from Aspen Highlands to Rubey Park when returning to downtown Aspen.

Location

Maroon Creek Road Running

Aspen, CO, 81611
39.195412, -106.8404

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