The trail from CB to the West Maroon Pass is only 4.5 miles and is a gradual climb with few rocks on the trail. Maroon Lake (9,585 ft) to Buckskin Pass (12,462 ft) – 4.8 Miles Aspen, Snowmass, CO – Hard – 17 Miles – Hike, Run, Horseback Ride, Dog Friendly – Dirt Maroon-Snowmass Trail is a difficult trail you can hike, run, and horseback ride that is dog friendly. A high clearance vehicle is recommended. This is a 17 mile dirt trail in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness that travels over Buckskin Pass and is used as a connection on the Four Pass Loop. Trip Reports From Highway 82 in Aspen, follow the roundabout 1 mile NW of town onto Maroon Creek Road. Follow signs in each case to Snowmass Lake (8.5 miles : 10,980’). We will arrive back at the trailhead in It rises away into thick aspens that break across an open rock field on the valley floor (1.2 miles : 10,070’). The shuttle runs Friday-Sunday as described above. Pick your way through talus to a crest and drop to the Maroon Snowmass – West Maroon Creek Trail split (1.7 miles : 10,110’). Backpackers seeking privacy should consider backtracking, or continuing north on the Maroon Snowmass Trail to nice sites just below the basin. Additional location-specific restrictions may also apply. The shuttle can take you within 5 minutes from Camping is not permitted in the alpine meadows on either side of Buckskin Pass. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); You can contact ProTrails directly through our Facebook or Instagram accounts. Willow Lake is located off the popular 4-Pass Loop circuit, and sees coniderably less traffic past the Buckskin Pass split. For all other overnight trips to the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness registration is required at the trailhead. Snowmass-Maroon Trailhead — Snowmass Creek — Copper Creek — Bear Creek — Unnamed Lake — Snowmass Lake — Snowmass Mountains Ranger Contact White River National Forest, Aspen-Sopris Ranger District (970) 925-3445 The shuttle operates everyday from mid-June to Labor Day. Water will be accessible along the entire route. From here the trail drops down to Crater Lake. Due to heavy use, campfires are not permitted at Snowmass Lake. Trailhead to the Pass Distance from Trailhead: 12.4 miles (round trip)Ending/Highest Elevation: 11,780-ft.Elevation Gain: 3,380-ft.The trail to West Snowmass Pass initially follows the Maroon-Snowmass trail. Maroon-Snowmass Trailhead: 8,420 ft. Follow Maroon Creek Road to all designated parking lots. Group size is limited to 10 individuals (or 15 with people +. Maroon Lake (9,585 ft) to Crater Lake (10,076 ft) – 1.8 Miles A left leads to Crater Lake (just a short distance beyond) and a right climbs steeply through forest and over alpine tundra to Buckskin Pass at 12,462 feet. The lake is nearly .75 miles long and several hundred yards wide, with iconic peaks and vertical walls framing the west side. From there we continue south toward Snowmass Lake to set up camp for night 1. The road to the Maroon Bells opens on June 8, 2020. The $10 access fee still applies. Often referred to as the most photographed peaks in North America, the Maroon Bells are an extraordinary destination not to be missed during a visit to Snowmass, Colorado. Login or register to post comments The Maroon Lake - Maroon Snowmass Trailhead is located 9.2 miles west of Highway 82 on Maroon Creek Road. This travel corridor sees heavy traffic so expect crowds, honor campfire restrictions and reduce impact by staying on trails, using established sites and leaving no trace of your visit: The trail begins on the north side of Maroon Lake to the Scenic Loop split (.3 miles). As you start to walk along Maroon Lake you’ll quickly be greeted with signage directing you towards Crater Lake (the base of the Bells). This is a lovely hike from the Buttermilk ski area through woods and over hills, ending in Snowmass. Camping is permitted in Minnehaha Gulch (east of pass), and about two miles west of the pass beginning at treeline. Among other mountain mammals, bears frequent the area. Across the first two miles very little elevation gain occurs. It lies at treeline in a massive cirque framed by Snowmass Peak (13,619’), Hagerman Peak (13,841’) and Snowmass Mountain (14,092’). Flora & Fauna Please be bear aware. Buckskin Pass spans a divisive ridge between Minnehaha Gulch (east) and the Snowmass Creek drainage (west). The trailhead for both East Snowmass and the Maroon – Snowmass trails is located at the end of Snowmass Creek Road, County Road 11. White River National Forest – Maroon-Snowmass Trail #1975 At 28 miles in length, this loop is … Cross Snowmass Creek then Climb northwest The Welcome Station is located 4.7 miles up Maroon Creek Road. My 2nd favorite trail in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area (so far). White River National Forest – Maroon-Snowmass Trail #1975 to Snowmass Lake (Hiking) Access by car is limited in the summer from 7am - 9am, and 5pm - 7pm. Dogs must be leashed at all times in the Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness. Permit Info: Conundrum Permit Requirement: A permit is required for overnight stays in Conundrum Hot Springs Zone.This permit must be acquired in advance at recreation.gov. This parking area is located approximately 2 miles up Maroon Creek Road and is well-marked. The most convenient and eco-friendly ways to see the Maroon Bells is via bus tour from Aspen Highlands or by bike. Snowmass Lake is accessible from either end of the 16.8-mile Maroon Snowmass Trail; the following description begins at Maroon Lake and scales Buckskin Pass (12,462’), the more popular and arguably most scenic route. The trail continues to climb through scree fields and aspen groves before a beautiful "rock garden". After passing a noisy, metal gate, indicating that I was on private property, I began ascending a steep section Elevation gain is about 1,200 feet and loss is about 4,400 feet. Start the hike from the Maroon Snowmass Trailhead and continue 8.5 miles to Snowmass Lake. It skirts the opening and rises on switchbacks into thick timber, undulating to consecutive splits for Geneva Lake (8.28 and 8.38 miles). Find a trail. Follow Maroon Creek Road to all designated parking lots. This is not to be confused with Snowmass Mountain, which is the 14er attached to Snowmass Peak via a long ridge, nor is it the same as the ski resort, but I digress. NARRATIVE: From the parking area the trail climbs into the aspen trees behind the information board. 9,580' - 10,980' (12,462' max elevation on Buckskin Pass), +1,400' net elevation gain (+4,785' total roundtrip elevation gain), N39 05.911 W106 56.452 — 0.0 miles : Maroon Lake - Maroon Snowmass Trailhead, N39 05.886 W106 56.761 — 0.3 miles : Split for Maroon Lake Scenic Loop, N39 05.576 W106 57.373 — 1.0 miles : Trail rises up north side of West Maroon Creek, N39 05.327 W106 57.962 — 1.7 miles : Crater Lake - Maroon Snowmass Trail split, N39 05.261 W106 58.423 — 2.3 miles : Steep, winding climb up Minnehaha Gulch, N39 05.614 W106 58.697 — 2.95 miles : Cross left over rocky stream channel, N39 05.690 W106 58.894 — 3.2 miles : Steep climb over treeline into meadows, N39 06.016 W106 59.098 — 3.8 miles : Buckskin Pass - Willow Lake Trail split, N39 06.109 W106 59.554 — 4.6 miles : Buckskin Pass | Begin descent to lake, N39 06.176 W106 59.683 — 5.1 miles : Winding descent through alpine meadows, N39 06.333 W107 00.154 — 5.8 miles : Approach treeline, N39 06.584 W107 00.500 — 6.3 miles : Transition into high subalpine forest, N39 06.417 W107 00.597 — 6.8 miles : Travel moderates in thick forest, N39 06.533 W107 00.914 — 7.25 miles : Cross bridge (left) over Snowmass Creek, N39 06.711 W107 01.219 — 7.75 miles : Undulating travel toward lake basin, N39 07.033 W107 01.584 — 8.28 miles : First split for Snowmass Lake, N39 07.000 W107 01.700 — 8.38 miles : Snowmass Lake - Geneva Lake Trail split, N39 07.024 W107 01.832 — 8.5 miles : Snowmass Lake (10,980'). The trail starts at the Maroon Lake parking area. 8.5 miles into the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness lies Snowmass Lake. The Maroon Snowmass Trailhead is just up the road so you'll be nearing your destination. This area is renowned for wildflower displays in the month of July. White River National Forest – Four Pass Loop – West Maroon to Buckskin (Hiking), By using this site you agree to the terms of our. It reaches the far-end of this oxbow-cut space and turns sharply left on a bridge over the creek (7.25 miles : 10,860’). Trail Map Backpacking Guide to Colorado’s Top 8 … A high clearance vehicle is recommended. Turn right and take the Maroon-Snowmass Trail North west over Buckskin Pass (12,462 feet). Resting at just about 11,000 ft, this sapphire lake reflects the surrounding peaks of Snowmass Peak (13,619 ft), Hagerman Peak (13,841 ft), and Snowmass Mountain (14,092 ft). Visitors from 9am - 5pm must park at Aspen Highlands Village Parking Lot and take the Shuttle Bus to the trailhead. Trail Map A high clearance vehicle is recommended. Use the drop downs to find the perfect park. Buckskin Pass is now in sight, and Willow Pass is concealed in the upper valley. Maroon-Snowmass Trail to Willow Lake is a 11.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Use the self-pay station just past the Welcome Station if no attendant is on duty. From the lake are views of Snowmass Peak (13,627 ft), Hagerman Peak (13,841 ft) and Snowmass Mountain (14,092 ft). This is a 17 mile dirt trail in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness that travels over Buckskin Pass and is used as a connection on the Four Pass Loop. Tell us when your experience with this trail happened. 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