Buckskin Pass Trail to Snowmass Lake is a 16.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.
Directions from Aspen: From mid-June through September the Maroon Creek Road is closed from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., you will need to take a shuttle.If you get an early start, drive 1/2 mile west of Aspen on Highway 82 and turn left at onto Maroon Creek Road at the roundabout. Bear right and continue 9-1/2 miles to the Maroon Lake parking area.
Camped and hiked for three days until I got snowed out.
Awesome trip! Hiked the entire four pass loop (26 miles). Not for the faint of heart, but worth the trip.
Completed this as an out and back day hike from Maroon Lake. The scenery is outstanding and the trail is easy to follow, although strenuous at points. The hike from the split to Crater Lake up through Minnehaha Gulch definitely gets the blood pumping, however once you get through the gulch you hike through a splendid meadow at the base of North Maroon Bell and Sleeping Sexton. The view of Pyramid Peak from here is spectacular! The hike forward is mostly through willows, you'll pass a few cascades before starting up the switchbacks. This stretch is definitely the hardest part, but if you persevere the view from Buckskin Pass is definitely rewarding. You get a wide open view of Snowmass Mountain, Hagerman Peak, and Capitol Peak. I can't wait to come back and tackle the Four Pass Loop!
Fantastic trail with varied terrain, plenty of wild flowers and animals. The best part is by far the views which are spectacular on both sides. This is not tough coming over Bucks Pass from other trails, but strenuous if you're doing it up and down as a day hike. But worth it! Bring iodine tablets so you can take advantage of the creeks - you'll need plenty of water.
My wife and I did this as part of the Four Pass Loop ( why that's not listed here I don't know) Be careful, this trail is steep and strenuous crossing the pass, especially with the foot of snow that fell overnight that we were not expecting ( but knew it was coming soon being the first of October in the Rockies!) When we got to the top of Buckskin Pass the snow drifts were waist deep on me (I'm 6'2"). Beware the mountain weather! But this trail goes to the gorgeous Snowmass Lake, which is a must see for anyone! I would definitely do it again!