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Buckskin Pass Trail

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Length


6.7 Miles 10.9 Kilometers


2,692' 821 m

Ascent

-1,695' -517 m

Descent

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

37%

Max Grade (21°)

12,458' 3,797 m

High

10,137' 3,090 m

Low

Shared By Tom Robson

Conditions


Minor Issues 6 days ago
Mostly Dry - A few patches of mud on the east side of Buckskin Pass. History

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A very popular but steep day hike often used as a starting point for extended backpacking trips.

Tom Robson

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

From mid-June through September, Maroon Creek Road is restricted to vehicles from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. beyond the T-Lazy 7 Ranch. Take the shuttle from Aspen Highlands Ski Area, which leaves every 20 minutes; dogs are allowed on the bus.

The Maroon Bells Scenic Area is a recreation fee area; there is a mandatory fee. The Interagency, Senior & Golden Access Passes are honored.

Description

At the Crater Lake bulletin board, the trail forks to the right and climbs steeply through aspen and spruce forest for 1 mile to Minnehaha Gulch. A stream divides the nearly one mile long gulch in half with campsites available before and after the stream crossing.

The trail continues its steep ascent exiting the gulch into an alpine meadow with Buckskin Pass looming ahead. A trail sign for the Maroon-Snowmass /Willow Lake junction appears in another 1/2 mile. Take the left fork which continues to follow the Maroon-Snowmass Trail through the meadow to a series of switchbacks that climb steeply to Buckskin Pass. If hiking beyond the pass, the next available campsites are 2 miles ahead.

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Jul 27, 2018
Giovanni Rosotti
Jul 31, 2017
Emily Duffin
Jun 27, 2017
Sarah Lewis
8mi
Sep 29, 2016
Franklin Falcon
Hiked from Maroon Lake to Buckskin Pass and back. 9.6mi — 5h 30m
Jun 25, 2016
Michaela Kuzara

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  4.8 from 4 votes

#13

in Aspen

#3822

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in Colorado

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