The Maroon Bells, which lie in the Elk mountain range in a canyon just beyond Aspen, Colorado, are probably the most photographed “Fourteeners” of the Rocky Mountains. The incredible views up the valleys and through the passes make this a great day hiking experience. Summitting the two Maroons Bells or the nearby Pyramid Peak are not possible without technical skills due to the steep, loose rock
While not an “extreme hike” compared to other hikes on this site, it qualifies for listing here due to the incomparable views as one hikes up (about 3000’) a valley 6 miles from Maroon Lake, past Crater Lake, to the West Maroon Pass. For an interesting option, you can continue another 6+ miles to Crested Butte for an evening’s stay in the comfort of a hotel, then return the next day.