Conundrum Creek #1981
ALERT: A permit is required for overnight stays within the Conundrum Hot Springs Zone, shown in red on the map above. This zone includes: all of Conundrum Creek Valley from Silver Dollar Pond to Triangle Pass, and Conundrum Hot Springs. This permit must be acquired in advance at recreation.gov.
The Conundrum Creek Trail, in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, generally parallels Conundrum Creek weaving 8.5 miles and 2,500 vertical feet up the valley and through the woods and meadows to the popular Conundrum Hot Springs. The best time to visit Conundrum Hot Springs is July through September. From early October to late June, the campsites and trail are snow covered and the trailhead is inaccessible. Avalanche hazards exist in the valley. Snow makes route finding difficultMt. Hayden looms at the start of the hike followed by views of Cathedral Peak, Conundrum Peak and Castle Peak. The trail crosses Conundrum Creek three times before the hot springs.The first crossing at 2.5 miles and the second at 6 miles are spanned by primitive log bridges. The third crossing requires wading through the creek. This creek crossing can be hazardous, especially during spring runoffs. At 8 miles, there are remnants of 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 accessing the hot springs.
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At a Glance
|Restrictions:||Conundrum Creek Trail is within the Maroon Bell-Snowmass Wilderness, please educate yourself about Wilderness Ethics & Regulations.
|Closest Towns:||Aspen, CO|
|Water:||Treat & filter all water sources. Protect water quality with proper waste disposal.|
|Information Center:||Aspen-Sopris Ranger District|
From Aspen, CO drive ½ mile west on Highway 82 to the Roundabout. Go around the Roundabout and turn right onto Castle Creek Road. Drive approximately 5 miles up Castle Creek Road and 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. Trailhead parking is limited.
Parking is prohibited on Conundrum Road. This narrow road is on a county right-of-way over private property. Vehicles are towed.
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