Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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5 months ago

Lots of animal tracks. No people.

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7 months ago

For the sea level dwellers, this is a hard hike! The terrain is easy to traverse however the elevation presents some difficulty. All in all take your time, the view is worth the breathlessness!

Not technically hard, but climbing straight up the side of a ski area isn't exactly easy either, especially at 8000 feet. The views were totally worth it though. We went the first weekend in October so the foliage was perfect

Nice steady hike, great views of Castle Creek from the top

Nothing special but easy quick hike

The map seems to show a hike up the Snowmass ski area to an overlook into East Snowmass Creek valley. The excellent review by Edward Troy has an actual description of the East Snowmass Creek trail. This is somewhat confusing as the directions to the trailhead are for East Snowmass Creek, one of my favorite hikes.

hiking
10 months ago

Wild flowers beautiful this past weekend 6/24/17

The map shown for this trail has you starting mid-mountain near a ski lift. Be advised: you cannot drive to the trail head. We did, then got locked out and had to find another way around. The trail is also not marked with this trail name and is a bit confusing. However, we loved the hike and the scenery is spectacular!

It was a beautiful walk thanks to Aspen, trial is kind of confusing and seemed pretty uphill. It was our second day on a run or we hoped for something easy. It was pretty muddy, gorgeous and confusing.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Not accessible in the snow. I was using snowshoes but could not stay on the trail. Finally just backtracked back out. If there are any trail markers, they are buried in the snow.

hiking
Monday, October 24, 2016

Nice easy hike lots of bikers and some horses. We did see some wild life and the scenery is amazing as you gain elevation. Very easy hike.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Great trail for kids. Super easy access from Snowmass Village.

hiking
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Nice easy trail- can be done in 1 hour or less. Watch out for bikes!

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Great view of pyramid peak from the top. Pretty cool to sit on the chair lifts in the summer time too but be prepared for a full incline hike with switchbacks most of the way.

hiking
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Nice hike. Great views. A little muddy, but overall a good hike.

hiking
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Locals told me to do this for the wildflowers. Hiked this trail from Brush creek side after doing the Brush creek trail. I thought it was an average trail, average views, average wildflowers, just MEH! Don't know what the fuss is about. Maybe it is better from the other side of Mtn. I got bored with it and did not go to the end. The most interesting thing I saw on the trial was a woodpecker chipping away at an Aspen tree, which is to say that there wasn't much to this trail.

camping
Friday, October 10, 2014

Awesome trail. Especially demanding if you are not acclimated to the altitude. We encountered very few hikers on the three day trip to Willow Lake and back. Do it. A number of wonderful trails in this wilderness area.

hiking
Monday, September 27, 2010

I have done this trail many times. This review is composed of several of these hikes. This trail is fairly steep, with many pitches. The TH is very close, and is one of my favorites. The beginning is just past a wooden bridge to the left. Going past the sign and NPS map you soon start a fairly steep pitch for about a mile with a few switchbacks. A forest of conifers, with patches of Aspen, dominate undergrowth, which includes service berries (when ripe, look and taste like blueberries)raspberries, poisonous red and white moonberries as well as Queeen Anne's lace.

At the end of one of the switchbacks there is a watefall 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 (this goes to Snowmass village where the Base village is located and connects to the Government Trail)and a sign for the trail indicates a hard right hand turn. The trail generally follows the drainage from Willow Divide, 4320 ft above the TH. After going through more forested areas, there are the first views worth noting.

There are usually very few people on this trail and the vastness is inescapable. 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 a profusion of wildflowers of every color in late spring. A showy array of blue, purple, white, yellow, pink and red, short and tall, offer nature's finest perfumed boquet to be had. 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 Divide. Whe reaching the divide 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. The Maroon Snowmass Trail will go back to the same road the East Snowmass TH is on making the potential for an exceptionally brutal one day loop. If you want to enjoy moments of beauty, this loop should be done over a 2 day period.

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