Conundrum Creek Trail #1981


view from Conundrum Hot Springs

ALERT: Due to recent bear activity, bear canisters are required for all backpackers in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

The Conundrum Creek trail generally parallels Conundrum Creek weaving its way up the valley through the woods and meadows to three river crossings before the hot springs. Mt. Hayden looms at the start of the hike followed by views of Cathedral Peak, Conundrum Peak and Castle Peak. The first crossing at 2-1/2 miles and the second at 6 miles are over log bridges. The third crossing at 6-1/2 miles is bridged only by using a log jam or a large log. This can be hazardous during spring runoffs. At 8 miles, there is a cabin, and the hot springs are just ahead on the left on the other side of the creek. A log bridge spans the creek for crossing.

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At a Glance

Reservations: No Reservations. First-Come, First-Serve Camping.
Permit Info: Each party overnighting in the MaroonBells-Snowmass Wilderness is required to self-register at the Trailhead and to carry a copy of the registrationwith them during their visit. There is no fee charged and no limit to the number of permits issued.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: The Conundrum Creek Trail is within the Maroon Bell-Snowmass Wilderness, please educate yourself about Wilderness Ethics. * DOGS ARE PROHIBITED between Silver Dollar Ponds (second stream crossing) and Triangle Pass. * Limit group sizes to 10 people and 15 stock/pack animals. * SANITATION - free poop pack out bags are available at the trail head. Please use one to reduce water conamination from human feces - PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT. *Fires are prohibited within 1/4 mile of hot springs.
Closest Towns: Aspen

General Information

Directions: Drive 1/2 mile west of Aspen on Highway 82 to the Roundabout. Go around the Roundabout and turn right onto Castle Creek Road. Drive approximately 5 miles up Castle Creek then turn right onto Conundrum Road. Continue 1.1 miles to a parking lot at the trailhead. Be careful not to stray onto the numerous private driveways found along the road. Parking is limited. If lot is full, return to Castle Creek Road where overflow parking is provided. Do not park on Conundrum Road. This narrow road is on a County right-of-way over private property. Parking is prohibited and cars are towed.



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  Area/Length : 
8.5 miles one-way (13.7 km one-way)

  Elevation : 
8,700 feet (2652 m) - 11,200 feet (3414 m)