Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Loop

MODERATE 45 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
7834 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.

1 month ago

Beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

We only walked from the parking area to the lake- primarily walking along lake only. It was seriously cold and windy, we weren't really dressed properly. We went on the afternoon of October 9th, 2017, the same day the area received a 4 inch + snow fall. OMG it was gorgeous- everything covered in snow- seriously a winter wonderland!
This area is nice because it's good for everyone- even those who can't walk very far, or for children. Everyone can get to see these beautiful sites!

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4 months 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.

4 months ago

Magical!

5 months ago

Amazing views!

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6 months ago

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

7 months ago

backpacking
9 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
10 months ago