Best trails in Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness

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Looking for a great trail in Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado? AllTrails has 40 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 25 hard trails in Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness ranging from 4.6 to 60.7 miles and from 7,864 to 14,258 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
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.
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Top trails (40)
#1 - Capitol Peak
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness
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Length: 15.1 mi • Est. 9 h 29 m
Near Snowmass and Aspen, CO, Capitol Peak meanders along Capitol Creek. Trail ends at the saddle between the Peak and Mt Daly. The trail to Capitol Lake is 12 miles RT. Stunning lake and vista. Show more
#2 - Conundrum Hot Springs and Peak Trail
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness
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Length: 22.1 mi • Est. Multi-day
Note: This trail was recently closed due to avalanche damage. However, the Conundrum Trailhead is now OPEN, but the trail is still covered with significant amounts of avalanche debris. For more informShow more
#3 - Maroon Snowmass Trail and Snowmass Lake and Snowmass Mountain
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness
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Length: 20.3 mi • Est. Multi-day
Maroon Snowmass Trail and Snowmass Lake and Snowmass Mountain is a 20.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Snowmass Village, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficulShow more
#4 - Castle Peak and Conundrum Peak
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness
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Length: 12.3 mi • Est. 8 h 20 m
The highest mountain in the Elk range with a fun permanent snow field. From the parking lot hike up into the basin across the snow fields. The easiest route is to stay on the left side of the basin Show more
#5 - West Maroon Trail
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness
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Length: 20.4 mi • Est. 11 h 52 m
West Maroon Trail is a 20.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options andShow more
#6 - Crested Butte to Aspen via West Maroon Pass
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 5 h 33 m
Note: As of July 2019, road to trailhead is completely blocked by an avalanche. You can park 2 miles from the trailhead and walk over the snow pack. The road in Crested Butte is still covered in snow Show more
#7 - Capital Creek Loop to Haystack Mountain
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness
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Length: 38.6 mi • Est. Multi-day
From the Capitol Creek trailhead, begin on the Ditch Trail and head south for Capitol Lake. Pop over the pass beyond Capitol Lake on the Capitol Creek Trail and then head south on the Avalanche – SilvShow more
#8 - West Maroon Bells Pass
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 4 h 36 m
This version of the hike up to West Maroon Bells Pass is for those starting and finishing on the Crested Butte side of the pass. A 12-mile drive from Crested Butte Mountain Resort on CR 317 through GoShow more
#9 - Castle Peak
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 4 h 25 m
Castle Peak is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Crested Butte, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for Show more
#10 - Buttermilk Mountain Trail
Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 4 h 22 m
Buttermilk Mountain Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activiShow more
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