East Snowmass Trail
ElevationAscent: 4,258' 1,298 m
Descent: -638' -195 m
High: 12,682' 3,866 m
Low: 8,425' 2,568 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)
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“A scenic trail to the heart of Snowmass-Maroon Bells Wilderness.”— Evan Tabor
At the end of one of the switchbacks there is a waterfall that is spectacular during spring runoff. When you reach a White River National Forest sign, the trail levels out for another mile or so. After crossing a couple of glades and meadows there is an intersection where the Ditch Trail ends and a sign for the trail indicates a hard right hand turn. The trail generally follows the drainage from Willow Divide, 4,320 ft above the TH. After going through more forested areas, there are the first views worth noting.
The trail goes through alpine grassy meadows and then goes once more into a conifer forest. Once through the forest there is more open area populated by wildflowers in late spring; if you love flowers, this is a must!
After more switchbacks with a grade that varies from fairly steep to moderate, and meandering across seasonal washes, the trail begins to arc to the left after a while. When leaving the treeline and getting to the steepest part, you can see Willow Pass. When reaching the pass you can see Willow Lake far below and where the trail continues to the right to meet with the Willow Lake Trail with a spur going to Willow Lake to the left or continuing to the Maroon Snowmass Trail and Snowmass Lake.
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Land Manager: White River National Forest - Maroon Bells