Conundrum Hot Springs, at 11,200 feet in elevation, are a special feature of the 181,976-acre Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.
The distance to Conundrum Hot Springs from the Conundrum Creek trailhead is around 8.5 miles (one-way) with an elevation gain of 2,400 feet. The trailhead begins at 8,800 feet elevation and climbs continuously through the valley to the hot springs at 11,200 feet. (It is necessary not to neglect the symptoms of the high elevation climate, like altitude sickness.)
The trail passes Conundrum Creek three times before the hot springs. Primitive log bridges cross the first and the following crossings. The third crossing requires swimming through the creek. This passage can be challenging, especially during spring and summer runoff, and is noteworthy for trip planning.
The best time to visit Conundrum Hot Springs is July through September. Remember: these hot springs sit high in the Rocky Mountains. 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 difficult. If you’re not prepared to travel and camp in snow, plan your trip for the summer.
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