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Maroon Snowmass Trail #1975

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 4.9 (9)

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


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6.7

Miles

10.9

KM

Point to Point

12,458' 3,797 m

High

10,137' 3,090 m

Low

2,692' 821 m

Up

1,695' 517 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

37%

Max Grade (21°)

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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Tom Robson

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West side of Buckskin Pass. Photo: Michelle Smith
Aug 31, 2015 near Snowmas…, CO
One of the many amazing high country lake views found on the Four Pass Loop.
Feb 1, 2018 near Snowmas…, CO
Cruising over the top of Bucksin Pass. Snowmass Mountain in the background. Photo: Michelle Smith
Aug 31, 2015 near Snowmas…, CO
Camping off buckskin and enjoying the view.
Nov 9, 2019 near Snowmas…, CO
Ascending Buckskin Pass on the 4 Pass Loop in Maroon Bells Wilderness.
Aug 8, 2020 near Snowmas…, CO
View into Snowmass Lake
Jul 21, 2021 near Snowmas…, CO

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Sep 28, 2020
Eric Harrill
4mi
Sep 6, 2020
Hung Hau
18.1mi — 10h 49m
Oct 5, 2019
Sarah Regan
Beautiful. Windy at the top of the pass. Saw maybe 4 people total until getting to maroon bells. Lots of screw coming down.
Aug 25, 2019
Scott Harsh
Great hike from Maroon Bells lake to Crater Lake to Buckskin Pass and back. Beautiful views!! Can't wait to come back. 13.6mi — 5h 02m
Sep 24, 2018
Bryan Baumunk
Jul 27, 2018
Giovanni Rosotti
Jul 31, 2017
Emily Duffin
Jun 27, 2017
Sarah Lewis
8mi