Conundrum Hot Springs
Conundrum Hot Springs information
Lonely Planet review
The steaming, healing Conundrum Hot Springs, west of Castle Peak (14,265ft), are the reward for 8.5 miles of tough climbing on the Conundrum Creek Trail (USFS Trail 1981). There are several pools hewn from craters, some larger than others, varying in temperature from 102°F (39°C) to 105°F (41°C).
No matter which you sink into, you’ll have outrageous alpine views, including glimpses of steep avalanche chutes and waterfalls. Most people spend the night at the nearby campsite, unofficially called ‘The Bluffs.’ From here you can either retrace your steps or continue over the little-visited Triangle Pass (12,907ft) and return on East Maroon Creek Trail (13 miles) to catch a bus from Maroon Lake back to Aspen.
To get here, drive half a mile west of town on Hwy 82 to the roundabout, follow Castle Creek Rd south for 5 miles, then turn right on Conundrum Creek Rd.