Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Loop

MODERATE 36 reviews

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Loop is a 25.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
25.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
8336 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

over grown

rocky

scramble

snow

This classic 26.4-mile backpacking circuit around the spectacular Maroon Bells climbs four 12,000-ft. passes (West Maroon - 12,500 ft.; Frigid Air - 12,415 ft.; Trail Rider - 12,420 ft.; Buckskin - 12,500 ft.) and travels through some of the finest scenery in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

7-8-17 - 7-11-17
My wife and I hiked the four pass loop clockwise in 4 days 3 nights, found the hike very challenging and dicey in some area's, coming down trail rider was very scary as part of the trail was covered in snow, loose rocks from a previous land slide and then more snow, it definitely tested our nerves. The hike was well worth the sacrifice though as the scenery was incredible, if I were to do it over again I would choose to do it around the end of August or the beginning of September when the trails are clear and hopefully more dry.

1 month ago

Magical!

1 month ago

Amazing views!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked through snow to get to upper lake. Loved it. Hard to return, wanted to stay longer!

3 months ago

backpacking
5 months ago

Great loop! Seemed a little busy, but can get super secluded after the first 10 or so miles. Tons of rangers monitoring the loop, which is extremely helpful since old trails cross the mapped one and it can be easy to get off course. Be sure to carry bear spray and a bell or two on your gear.

backpacking
6 months ago

backpacking
6 months ago

10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

backpacking
11 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
Thursday, August 11, 2016

This was one of the most amazing trips we have done. The wildflowers were unbelievable! I would highly recommend this for someone looking for a challenge. We did the loop in 2 1/2 days with minimal down time. Each pass gave you spectacular views. Well worth the hard work.

backpacking
Saturday, July 02, 2016

hiking
Friday, June 10, 2016

This is a true 5-star trail. There are shorter versions than the 25 mile loop[. Out to the lake and back for instance. The Bells are the most photographed mountains in Colorado for a reason. they are breathtakingly beautiful! For visitors to Colorado looking to catch a do-able hike with unforgettable scenery, this is it! Outside of the San Juans, these are among my favorite peaks.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

So the post fails to mention that right after Marble it is a 4x4 road