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Snowmass - Willow Lake Loop

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A beautiful 2-day loop past Snowmass and Willow Lakes.


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22.3

Miles

35.9

KM

Loop

12,669' 3,862 m

High

8,396' 2,559 m

Low

5,436' 1,657 m

Up

5,456' 1,663 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Overview

This route combines the Maroon Snowmass Trail part of the Buckskin Pass Trail and East Snowmass to Willow Pass Trail to form a 22 mile loop that takes you past two alpine lakes and through lots of meadows and forest.

Description

Starting on the Maroon Snowmass Trail south up the valley along the creek until it meets with the Buckskin Pass Trail near Snowmass Lake and hang a left - it starts out gently sloping up until you reach the pass where the trail gets steep for the first time. Once past the first set of switchbacks, take another left toward Willow Lake; there is not much rest before the second ascent begins up to Willow Pass.

After Willow Pass, you can add an extra half mile down to Willow Lake or just stay left heading north up the the last steep ridge crossing.

Once over the ridge, stay on the East Snowmass Trail through beautiful meadows and forest until you reach the Snowmass Creek Road. The Maroon Snowmass Trailhead is just up the road so you'll be nearing your destination.

Flora & Fauna

Please be bear aware. Among other mountain mammals, bears frequent the area. If you're spending the night, be sure to bring bear cans, or another bear-proof food storage system.

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Shared By:

Evan Tabor

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Photos

View into Snowmass Lake
Jul 21, 2021 near Snowmas…, CO
West side of Buckskin Pass. Photo: Michelle Smith
Aug 31, 2015 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
Snowmass Lake sunrise.
Sep 5, 2017 near Snowmas…, CO

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Jul 8, 2021
Jessica Lamphere
Jun 24, 2021
Elena Semperfi
Beautiful hike with very few people on it. There've been a few patches of snow after the last peak but all can be easily crossed with trail runners 26mi
Sep 28, 2020
Mike Tozier
Aug 30, 2020
Eric Harrill
22.3mi
Aug 14, 2020
David Gean
beautiful trail, the altitude kicked out tails out there. I normally do 12+ mile days but out there I'm only able to do about 7. the trail is easy… 22.3mi
Jul 18, 2020
Kendra Frieden
Beautiful loop!! gorgeous wildflowers and great sunset and sunrise spots! Camp right below tree line on buckskin pass and summit for sunrise 28mi
Jul 30, 2016
Dan Broman