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Colorado: American Lake Trail

Having hiked the Maroon Bells in previous years, I decided to take up a hike where I anticipated a much lower concentration of people.

Maroon Lake (2015)

Just beyond Crater Lake towards West Maroon Pass
I was on the trail to American Lake by 7 AM and only saw two people on my way up but, as annoyed as I was by the crowds at the Maroon Bells, I wish I had selected a different hike: maybe Conundrum or East Snowmass.  The trail to American Lake was peaceful but tough, almost two miles of up, and just not as spectacular...

Next year I'll do Conundrum or Lost Man Lake.