Backpack to Conundrum Hot Springs

Backpack to Conundrum Hot Springs

Conundrum Creek Trailhead

Distance

18 Miles

Elevation Gain

2500 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Camping, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Kyle Frost

Forest
Groups
Hot Springs
River
Scenic

The reward for this 18 mile (round-trip) hike in Maroon Bells-Snowmass is two beautiful hot spring pools with incredible views.

After picking up your required overnight permit, start your morning with a coffee in Aspen, then drive out 15 min to the trailhead at the end of Conundrum Creek road. The trail is a straight shot 9 miles up the valley, through expansive meadows and an always incredible view of the mountains and aspens that cover the slopes.

There are 16 campsites in the area of the hot springs, varying in protection from the elements and distance from the springs. Choose wisely based on weather conditions and how far you'd like to walk after getting out from a long soak.

The springs themselves are spectacular. The upper pool can hold a LOT of people, if you're all really friendly, as we found out. There is also a slightly smaller, cooler pool just downstream. If bringing kids, be aware that the upper pools is often clothing optional.

If you're looking to hang out for a few days, you can tackle the nearby Triangle pass or Conundrum Peak.

NOTE: Beginning April 2018, Conundrum Hot Springs will be transitioning to an overnight permit/reservation system.

All overnight users to this area will be required to purchase a permit prior to their visit, which can be purchased at recreation.gov.

You can find additional information here, or get in touch with the White River National Forest at (970) 963-2266.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $125/night

The Cache

Frisco, Colorado

From $184/night

The Mill Club

Frisco, Colorado

From $145/night

Tucker Mountain Lodge

Frisco, Colorado

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Beautiful Hot Spring Pool

I was rewarded for this 18 mile (round-trip) hike in Maroon Bells-Snowmass with a beautiful hot spring pool with incredible views.

colorado country

wowowowow this was such an amazing hike!! so worth it as you go back and forth across giant meadows and then back through the forest. there are creeks you have to cross and always an interesting crowd once you get to the top. highest hot spring in america and it is definitely one of my favorites!!

Hiked From Crested Butte Side

We had two groups- one hiked in from Aspen, the other came from Crested Butte. We met at the hot springs, camped for the night, traded car keys, and completed our respective through hikes. The springs are great, more people than I would generally camp around, but everyone was friendly. Great views, several Aspen groves, lots of flowers, I really enjoyed it!

Distance

18 Miles

Elevation Gain

2500 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Camping, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Kyle Frost

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