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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
off trail
private property
1 month ago

This trail had some of the best views I’ve seen, but the work to see them is very real. IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE: 1) Do not follow the All Trails map going south after Capitol Pass. Download the OCM map layer on this app. It is much more accurate. 2) After descending from Capitol Pass to the Avalanche Lake area, follow the obvious trail that crosses the creek(Avalanche/Silver Creek Trail on the OCM map.) Do Not try to follow the all trails gps route that will take you off trail and bushwhacking up steep hills. 3) After descending the long gradual valley going north from Snowmass Lake, cross the knee high creek onto private property to follow West Snowmass trail. The gps shows that the creek crossing is further ahead... that is incorrect. 4) After ascending Haystack mountain on the east side, follow the obvious trail to descend the west side. Do not follow the All Trails map here, as it will drop you into very steep and unmanageable territory. I definitely recommend this hike. I felt more alone on this trail than any other trail I’ve hiked in Colorado. But be sure to bring gps and a physical map. Do your research before you go. And pay attention to be sure you are staying on course.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

This was amazing. There was a lot of change in scenery so you got to go through aspen forests and grassy hills and snow and rocks. Definitely one of the best hikes ever.

Staying at Inn at Aspen. Was here this past summer and did hike (see review below) Well, we are back for ski season. My wife and I decided to rent snowshoes and hit the trail for sunrise at 7am. Took about 1.2 hrs up and we caught the chair lift down which started running at 9am. Was able to wait and keep warm in Cliffside cafe at the top. Great leg burn to warm up for a full day of skiing. Rented snowshoes at the Nordic center down the road for $25/day. Would recommend doing if you want to mix up your winter activities.

1/26/20-1/28/20 stayed at Lindley Hut. The road is closed that gets you to the base of the trail head, but it is still 4 miles from the parking lot to the hut. The hike had some decent elevation gain with most of it the last one-two miles. Really well trafficked trail so did not need to make fresh tracks. There are a lot of potential avalanche areas nearby but the hike in felt safe. The hut itself was amazing and had a fantastic set up!

hiking
snow
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Did this as my third 14er. So much fun and absolutely beautiful! Started at 1am and summited at 9am If you can do Longs you can do Capitol

hiking
blowdown
snow
5 months ago

Absolutely beautiful. Some snow made trail finding a little tricky. Four and a half hours to the hots springs. A little less that four hours back to the car.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked this trail at sunset 10/9. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! The views were awe inspiring and did not disappoint, never seen anything like it. Wanted to point out that the trailhead is hard to find and there really isn’t a parking lot. The trail is marked by a tiny sign that looks like a street sign, and it starts at the intersection of two streets - can’t remember the names but if you use the instructions from here, it’s at the last intersection before it says you’re there. We parked on the left in a patch of dirt just past the intersection (across from the business/apartments on the right).

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail in beginning of October. Not busy around Crested Butte. Very scenic. Open views, not shaded most of the time. Gets very busy with people close to Aspen. Aspen portion of the trail is very rocky , hard to walk. There is a shuttle that takes you to Aspen at the trailhead, goes every 15 min.

hiking
6 months ago

All trails has the route after the butterknife going up the face. I would stay on the ridge. It’s not off by much. But the ridge was easier for me, albeit with a bit more exposure, on the way back down.

This is a great, fairly easy longer hike coming from the Crested Butte side. It would be much more arduous from Aspen, but it was super fun & pretty. The only reason not to give it 5 stars is that the last two miles are at the start of Maroon Bells so SUPER crowded which isn’t amazing at the end of a long hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Gorgeous views, easy easy walk not much of a hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Completed this hike sept 28th, started a bit later than expected so only went to the pass and back to the CB side, longer than the 7.8 marked, closer to 8.5. Absolutely stunning the entire way through. Not as difficult as I expected it to be, a bit of scramble the last .5 to the summit but otherwise a pretty mellow trail. Be aware to not turn towards frigid air pass instead of west maroon, this was clearly marked. One of my top 5 favorite hikes in CO! Summit was windy and not a whole lot of room to hang out FYI! Enjoy!!

almost died. would recommend. don't drive past the bridge.

backpacking
6 months ago

This trail was beautiful with all the Aspen's changing! we camped near Crater lake night one, then headed to Scofield pass the next day. This hike is definitely more challenging going Aspen to Scofield. We camped then headed back to Aspen the next day! stunning views and after Crater lake the crowds die off. Highly recommend!

Gradual hike with nice views. Hiked 9/26/19. Forest Service has done a great job clearing avalanche debris. Able to hike 5.5 miles until hitting area that hasn’t been cleared yet, crew currently working on it. Turned around here as it would be a hassle to climb through the mess.

Great hike, beautiful views especially right now with the changing leaves everywhere! Ditch is really easy, so I recommend going up campground, then to Government then Ditch to finish for the most moderate level hike as a whole. Ditch is busy, but Campground Connect and Government are the perfect quiet, low traffic hike!

Trailhead was open on CB side - peak foliage - still some wildflowers - no snow - took us 5.5 hours - we left hotel in CB at 6 am - started hike by 7 - flood of tourists at the end of the hike on Aspen side kind of a bummer - as per earlier review, my watch and phone said mileage closer to 12 miles Vs AllTrails at 10 - we used Evan/Maroon Bells Shuttle and highly recommend - also recommend Secret Stash pizza in CB

9/25/19 We were running out of daylight so we only hiked 1.5 miles in but the aspens were a beautiful gold and it was a nice easy hike with a beautiful sunset view.

A beautiful hike! If you follow the google/apple maps to the trailhead make sure you take the right turn at Schofield pass. We made the mistake of following the gps which led us to a field so had to turn around. From trailhead at CB to the shuttle bus at maroon bells my watch recorded 12.9 miles, so definitely a little longer than what all trails has. The colors were amazing this weekend!

hiking
6 months ago

Did this one on 9/15, it’s a pretty easy hike. Absolutely stunning. Amazing aspen groves and a beautiful creek runs by the trail most of the time. You can go as long as you’d like. A few avalanche damaged areas but nothing my dog, wife and I couldn’t traverse. We will be back to backpack here next year.

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked this on Saturday 9/21. Weather was forecasting heavy winds, however once over the saddle between Mt. Daly and Capitol wind was non existing. The Knife Edge is extremely exposed. However the hike after the knife in my opinion is more technical with a higher risk of danger. Be careful! Absolutely NO SHORT CUTS! Same way in same way out! Stick to the route! Some snow but I didn’t need crampons. Plenty of rocks to avoid snow if you really want to or do what I did and look for the slushy areas and walk over it. All streams were crossable without removing shoes. We camped by the lake and headed to the summit at 730am the following morning- made it back before sunset. Saw plenty of hikers who did it in a day though. Not recommend but doable. Beautiful hike! Definitely my favorite!

hiking
6 months ago

Very few aspens were turning yet. Had to walk about a mile through an open field before making it into a large stand of aspens. We walked until 1.7 miles when we exited the large patch of aspens and then decided to turn around and head back at that point.

on Ditch Trail

hiking
6 months ago

Definitely more ‘Easy’ than ‘moderate.’ Our 4.5 yr old walked the 4.3 miles. Great views and overall great trail. Ends at the creek. New bridge went up yesterday, across the creek - super narrow and not good for kids to cross. (However this time of year - you can walk across creek without bridge!)

Did this hike 9/21 - started at the TH in Crested Butte. It took about 6 hours- no issues with snow. It was hard mainly because of the altitude- hard to breath towards the top. My app showed 11.25 miles and 2200 ft gain.

Staying at the Inn Aspen and you can walk right up this trail/road. Very deceiving. This trail went on forever. We basically took the road all the way up. I really thought this was hard. Absolutely beautiful at the top. And we hardly saw any people ( in September). Coming down we took trails and road. Took about an hour down.

hiking
off trail
6 months ago

Very fun trail! Absolutely beautiful. A difficult hike but it is totally worth it. Make sure you come prepared

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