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Spikes were helpful second half of the trail. Had the lake to ourself early on a Saturday morning. Beautiful views!

hiking
6 days ago

backpacking
7 days ago

My girlfriend and I completed this trail in 4 days in early July, 2017. It was her first backpacking experience. Much of the trail was still covered with snow pack, we used crampons on a couple traverses and used ice axes to glissade down from two of the passes. We were hoping to summit Snowmass Mountain, but decided it was too much for a first time backpacker. The only bugs we encountered were immediately surrounding Snowmass lake. We saw no traces of bear. There were not many people on the trail when we were there, probably due to the amount of snow pack. Water was abundant and we never carried more than 2 quarts each. A few of the creeks were tough to cross without getting our feet wet, so I would recommend bringing sandals for the trip. The trip could easily be done in 3 full days, but add a fourth if you make a Snowmass Mountain summit attempt.

hiking
9 days ago

on Linkins Lake Trail

11 days ago

This was a nice hike to a beautiful little lake.

backpacking
13 days ago

Most epic backpacking trip I have ever done. Simply outstanding!

Half way between Aspen and Twin Lakes, Independence Pass is the highest paved crossing of the Continental Divide in the United States. There is a short paved walkway to two overlooks that provide great views of the alpine tundra. It also offers excellent views to the east of Mount Elbert, (at 14,440 feet...the highest peak in both Colorado and the Rocky Mountains, and the second-highest mountain in the continental U.S.), as well as La Plata Peak (another fourteener and the state's fifth-highest peak). This is an easy stop with unforgettable views, and should not be missed if you are in the area.

hiking
19 days ago

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hiking
21 days ago

Did this hike two days ago and about half a mile in it was muddy, icy and snow packed. We brought micro-spikes just in case, and they were a HUGE help. Literally within five-ten minutes of getting to the portion of the trail with ice we saw three people take spills and what looked like one kid injured coming back down. Don't do this trail with the expectation of just being able to wear casual shoes this time of year.

Other than that, trail was absolutely gorgeous with snow still on some trees and surrounding the trail. One of the most beautiful hikes I've ever done. And of course Maroon Bells. Not sure how the trail would be now with the recent storm blowing through. I'm sure just as beautiful.

Enjoy yourself.