Debris-Clearing Continues on Maroon Creek Road, But Deep Snow Prevails on Trails

May 15, 2019

The road to Maroon Lake is slowly being cleared of snow after a record number of avalanches last winter. Forest service officials say the area around the popular recreation area will look a little different than last year, when snowfall was at historically-low levels. Mark Duggan reports.

Photos taken last week of snow and debris covering Maroon Creek Road at the vehicle entrance to the Maroon Bells Scenic Area.
Credit Courtesy White River National Forest

Maroon Creek Road is now tentatively slated to open May 24. Crews have managed to punch through a large amount of deep, compact snow, sheared-off trees and lots of large boulders since beginning  working May 1.

Once the public can access the lake, they should be prepared for winter conditions. According to Shelly Grail, Recreation Manager with the Aspen-Sopris District of the White River National Forest, spring is running late at the lake and trails are still under deep snow.