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Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness in Colorado spans 181,535-acres (734.65 km2) within the White River National Forest and Gunnison National Forest. It features the Elk Mountains, Conundrum Hot Springs, Maroon Lake, and many other popular outdoor destinations. The wilderness is named after two of the most popular peaks Maroon Bells and Snowmass Peak. In this scenic area you will find extensive hiking trails, the aspen highlands, and opportunities to ski. You can view beautiful fall colors, and swim in numerous alpine lakes, or backpack through aspen groves in the rocky mountains. Please note that Bear Canisters are REQUIRED while backpacking in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Permits are required for overnight stays at Conundrum Hot Springs.

hiking
22 hours ago

Great hike! Pretty easy but bring a snack and water. Boots not totally necessary, but I’d wear some next time we do it... I wore running shoes (unplanned hike) and they did fine but it does get rocky at some points so the extra stability would have been nice. We clocked the hike in at 2.7 miles from maroon lake and we went past the lake so not sure where the miles were pulled from on here. Could have been our app too.

A bit rocky, but so amazing. So pretty. Anything about this trail is worthwhile, and totally awesome. Bridges covering mini waterfalls at every turn and a huge lake at the beginning and end. Recommend for everyone.

Great trail. Beautiful views. Hot springs were wonderful! Too many people on the trail though.

Picturesque views. Technically it is an easy hike, but only if you are in a good shape and used to high elevation.

What you need to know about this trail is that there is no bridge across Snowmass Creek! At this time of the year with peak snowmelt, you need either a dinghy or a very strong horse to get across what was a raging torrent when we tried it yesterday. After wandering around for half an hour trying to figure out if we could get across the creek safely, we eventually modified our plans and hiked a few miles up the Maroon Snowmass trail toward Snowmass Lake. Late in the summer, it might be possible to cross the creek safely but I would strongly advise against trying it at this time of year.

Absolutely breathtaking

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike! Last half mile had a lot of rocks that were difficult at times, but it was manageable.

hiking
13 days ago

Great hike with amazing views. One of the best hikes I've ever done in Colorado. I highly recommend it but arrive early! The shuttle to and from the visitor center gets busy later on in the morning/early afternoon. We arrived at the visitor center around 8am and it was fairly empty. The trail was a bit challenging in some spots due to big rocks. There is a lot of shade from the sun and the reward of arriving at the lake at the end of the hike is totally worth it.

Easy and fun trail for kids. We went in early June and it was very green and lots of wild flowers. Also saw two beaver dams along the way!

A great hike to take out of town visitors on. Just challenging enough with wonderful views.

hiking
15 days ago

There’s a review shortly down on the list by Amanda Sobkwicz that is just a flat out lie. No one has slipped and died on this hike. Why someone would make that up is beyond me and must have some serious issues they need to work out. It’s a great hike and one of the easier ones in the area. Enjoy it and don’t worry.

hiking
16 days ago

Went on Tuesday. Highly trafficked trail for sure. AMAZING views though!! Worth the extra hike to Crater lake!!

Really beautiful trail! Pretty flat and gorgeous scenery- aspen trees, deer, river, maroon Bells!!

hiking
19 days ago

nice and relatively flat trail. not difficult. beautiful views of daily and capital

Couldn’t have asked for a better day! Perfect weather conditions and not too crowded

I love how you can see so much on this trail: aspen forests, rock slides, three lakes (2 from a distance), and lots of wildlife. But, I think it’s the same beauty from Maroon Lake.

One of my favorite places I’ve ever hiked. It’s difficult, but worth the views.

hiking
24 days ago

Amazing views, easy trail. If you want to get cool pictures of the bells reflecting on the lake you need to be there quite early in the morning before the breeze starts.

Dogs are prohibited here. it's in the Snowmass wilderness. This is protected wilderness. you may get a huge fine. Better do your research.

Fantastic vista views on this hike. There is still snow on upper half of the trail. Good shoes are helpful. Bring your trek poles if you have them.

on Crater Lake Trail

hiking
30 days ago

Great hike. A bit icy in places above 10k fasl, but with sensible hiking shoes quite manageable.

Still a lot of snow after Crater Lake. It'd be decent with snowshoes, postholed without. Hard to find trail at times but manageable. Beautiful trail and amazing views.

1 month ago

Lots of people- but so so pretty!!

Road is not open 6 miles from the trail :( snowmobile renting was close to $200/pp. We went back into town to rent mountain bikes from UTE City Cycles who were super great, $75/half day. Unfortunately the snow was in such powder/slush conditions even their snow mountain bikes couldn’t make traction. We ended up biking up 2mi, walking/attempting bike for another 2mi, before realizing we should’ve brought more water and food. Luckily slush was good enough downhill to ride about 3 of the 4 miles back. Even the cross country skiers were unimpressed with the snow conditions! Hope this helps someone!!!

They never warned me that I couldn’t drive to the beginning of the hike . We walked 4 miles on the road and until turning around after a nice guy on his snowmobile told us we wouldn’t even be able to see it today because of the clouds. Bummer, it looks beautiful.

One of my favorite hikes ❤️❤️

hiking
3 months ago

I walk every day with my dog around local parks at home in Ohio. This was what I would call my first true hiking experience. It was a little difficult maneuvering through the rocks, and my family and I had only brought tennis shoes. However the difficulty was all worth it! Every step of the way you could turn in any direction and the views would take your breath away! There was one scary area with a very steep drop off of all rocks, I just tried to keep my eyes on the other side. The pay off at the end was a gorgeous peaceful lake. We went on a cool, foggy morning, but I honestly can’t imagine it being any more beautiful than it was. Be sure and go early so you can drive and park your car right at the park, and take some stunning pictures of Maroon Bells Lake and mountains before you begin.

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