Buckskin Pass Trail to Snowmass Lake

HARD 15 reviews

Buckskin Pass Trail to Snowmass Lake is a 16.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
16.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5104 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
3 months ago

Such a great hike. High altitude elevation gain, alpine lake, alpine drainage. It just goes on and on. We did it as a thru hike which required a car shuttle, one car at the Maroon Snowmass trailhead the night before and then an early drive up to Maroon Lake to beat the bus. We had wildflowers and autumn colors. It's a big day but so spectacular.

4 months ago

That was baller

5 months ago

This trail was very difficult and had spots that were quite steep. However, it was totally worth it for all the beautiful views! We even got up close and personal with some mountain sheep on the top of the pass. We did it just this past weekend and there was still snow covering some of the trail up near the pass.

hiking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Great

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Great views

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Stunning views!

hiking
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Camped and hiked for three days until I got snowed out.

hiking
Monday, November 24, 2014

Awesome trip! Hiked the entire four pass loop (26 miles). Not for the faint of heart, but worth the trip.

hiking
Friday, September 27, 2013

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!

hiking
Saturday, August 17, 2013

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.

hiking
Thursday, December 15, 2011

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!

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4 months ago

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5 months ago

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Sunday, July 05, 2015