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167 mi 268 km of trail 15 Featured Hikes

Gems 3 Gems Easy Trails 4 Trails Intermediate Trails 28 Trails Hard Trails 19 Trails

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness was one of five areas in Colorado designated as wilderness in the original Wilderness Act of 1964 which now comprises of 183,847 acres.

You'll have plenty of human company in Colorado's fourth largest Wilderness. This area exemplifies Rocky Mountain splendor with over 175 miles of trail that take users over nine passes above 12,000 feet, vast regions lie above the treeline, and long glacial valleys pointing to glistening alpine lakes.

With six peaks rising above 14,000 feet, this area draws mountaineers and hikers by the thousands annually. The awesome, jagged symmetry of the twin 14,000 ft. the Maroon Bells, reflected in Maroon Lake, is the most photographed peaks in all of North America.

Camping & Lodging

Use Permits: There are free self-registration Wilderness Use Permits available at the trailhead, one at the parking lot and one at the wilderness boundary on the way to Crater Lake. Be sure to include your camping locations for each night.

Food Storage: First is bear-proof storage. The Bells is in bear country and due to an increase in use, increase in bear activity and a focus on safety we have in place an order that requires overnight hikers to use IGBC approved bear-proof food storage containers. As a reminder of proper use of the containers; all food (including alcohol), trash, and toiletries must fit in the container.

Gems in Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness - 3

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Featured Hikes in Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness - 13

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Favorite One hell of an evening at the Maroon Bells
Intermediate/Difficult

Four Pass Loop

27.1 mi 43.6 km • Loop • 7,327 ft Ascent 2233.3 m Ascent

Singletrack Snowmass Village, CO

( 129 )
Favorite West side of Buckskin Pass. Photo: Michelle Smith
Difficult

Snowmass - Willow Lake Loop

22.3 mi 35.9 km • Loop • 5,436 ft Ascent 1657.01 m Ascent

Singletrack Snowmass Village, CO

( 8 )
Favorite Capitol Peak from just above Capitol Lake
Extremely Difficult

Capitol Peak

16.0 mi 25.8 km • Out and Back • 5,337 ft Ascent 1626.58 m Ascent

Singletrack Snowmass Village, CO

( 8 )
Favorite View of the Elk Mountains from the summit of Mount Sopris.
Intermediate/Difficult

Mount Sopris

13.4 mi 21.5 km • Out and Back • 4,228 ft Ascent 1288.82 m Ascent

Singletrack El Jebel, CO

( 6 )
Favorite Taking in the view of Cathedral Peak on a peaceful fall day at Cathedral Lake.
Intermediate

Cathedral Lake Trail

5.5 mi 8.8 km • Out and Back • 2,098 ft Ascent 639.41 m Ascent

Singletrack Aspen, CO

( 12 )
Favorite One hell of an evening at the Maroon Bells
Difficult

Pyramid Peak

7.9 mi 12.6 km • Out and Back • 4,393 ft Ascent 1339.06 m Ascent

Singletrack Snowmass Village, CO

( 4 )
Favorite Bridge debris - watch your step!
Difficult

Castle and Conundrum

12.0 mi 19.3 km • Out and Back • 4,299 ft Ascent 1310.31 m Ascent

Singletrack Aspen, CO

( 9 )
Favorite Looking south up Capitol Creek valley towards Capitol Peak.
Difficult

Capital Lake, Avalanche Creek, Hell's Roaring Pass Loop

24.6 mi 39.6 km • Loop • 6,491 ft Ascent 1978.41 m Ascent

Singletrack Snowmass Village, CO

( 1 )

Trails in Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness - 36

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9.0 mi 14.6 km #1West Maroon Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Crested Butte, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
9.0 mi 14.6 km Crested Butte, CO
8.2 mi 13.1 km #2Maroon Snowmass Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
8.2 mi 13.1 km Snowmass Village, CO
1.7 mi 2.7 km #3North Maroon Peak
Extremely Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Extremely Difficult
1.7 mi 2.7 km Snowmass Village, CO
11.2 mi 18.1 km #4Conundrum Creek Trail #1981
Intermediate/Difficult
Aspen, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
11.2 mi 18.1 km Aspen, CO
6.7 mi 10.9 km #5Buckskin Pass Trail
Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Difficult
6.7 mi 10.9 km Snowmass Village, CO
2.1 mi 3.3 km #6Capitol Peak
Extremely Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Extremely Difficult
2.1 mi 3.3 km Snowmass Village, CO
7.6 mi 12.3 km #7East Snowmass Trail
Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Difficult
7.6 mi 12.3 km Snowmass Village, CO
2.5 mi 4.0 km #8Pyramid Peak Trail
Extremely Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Extremely Difficult
2.5 mi 4.0 km Snowmass Village, CO
8.3 mi 13.3 km #9East Creek/Gift Creek Trail #1963
Difficult
Carbondale, CO
Difficult
8.3 mi 13.3 km Carbondale, CO
1.8 mi 2.9 km #10Maroon Snowmass Trail
Intermediate
Snowmass Village, CO
Intermediate
1.8 mi 2.9 km Snowmass Village, CO
2.9 mi 4.7 km #11Mount Sopris Trail
Difficult
El Jebel, CO
Difficult
2.9 mi 4.7 km El Jebel, CO
6.5 mi 10.5 km #12Hell Roaring Trail #1960
Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Difficult
6.5 mi 10.5 km Snowmass Village, CO
0.3 mi 0.6 km #13Conundrum Couloir (Snow Route)
Difficult
Aspen, CO
Difficult
0.3 mi 0.6 km Aspen, CO
2.1 mi 3.3 km #14Maroon Peak Trail
Extremely Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Extremely Difficult
2.1 mi 3.3 km Snowmass Village, CO
8.5 mi 13.7 km #15Capitol Creek Trail (#1961)
Intermediate
Snowmass Village, CO
Intermediate
8.5 mi 13.7 km Snowmass Village, CO
10.5 mi 16.9 km #16East Maroon Creek Trail #1983
Intermediate
Crested Butte, CO
Intermediate
10.5 mi 16.9 km Crested Butte, CO
7.0 mi 11.2 km #17Geneva Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
7.0 mi 11.2 km Snowmass Village, CO
5.4 mi 8.6 km #18West Snowmass Trail #2187
Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Difficult
5.4 mi 8.6 km Snowmass Village, CO
3.3 mi 5.2 km #19Capitol Ditch Trail (#1963)
Intermediate/Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
3.3 mi 5.2 km Snowmass Village, CO
2.4 mi 3.8 km #20Willow Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
2.4 mi 3.8 km Snowmass Village, CO

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