Explore the most popular wildlife trails near Snowmass Village with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

If you take the loop, the South side of trail passes through the ski area where there is work being done. As a result you have to make your own way around the machinery. The trail is picked up on a gravel access way which is not particularly scenic. If you take the nature trail from the lot and work your way east and north, the trail is very nice for half the loop.

Completed this as a day hike on 6/23. No snow crossing at all. Took approximately 7 hours round trip. If you’re thinking of doing this hike, go! Weather was amazing and the views are unbeatable.

This trail was GARBAGE! Primarily because it WAS NOT a trail. I would give this 0 stars if I could. Not kid safe, not dog safe, not people safe. No sidewalk on a windy uphill road. Terrible experience.

hiking
1 month ago

This is an okay trail. Not a lot of coverage and A LOT of mountain bikers with blind turns and a narrow path.

Easy and fun trail for kids. We went in early June and it was very green and lots of wild flowers. Also saw two beaver dams along the way!

hiking
1 month ago

nice and relatively flat trail. not difficult. beautiful views of daily and capital

hiking
7 months ago

Lots of animal tracks. No people.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful views once you get to the top

on Ditch Trail

9 months ago

Maroon Bells was put for the day and we stumbled upon this lil gem. Great hike beautiful views.

Start out early to minimize traffic that develops by mid morning. Heart rate increase at the beginning and also on the return - if you walk the complete trail. Powering through on the return made for an awesome hike!

anyone know the snow pack to snowmass lake?

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

loved this hike with my 9 year old son! Just challenging enough to feel like a hike but not so much that he complained. lol. Amazing views!! I will be doing this one again.. probably biking next go around!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Parking is limited. Great views of the ski resort.

hiking
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Parking is limited so arrive as early as you can. It's a moderate hike with a gorgeous scenic view at the top. The well-known yin yang is at the top of this trail. Great picnic spot!

snowshoeing
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

You will cross some of the ski slopes. Gorgeous views. Very easy until you get to the bench with the overview then it starts to build an incline.

Went backpacking there as a teenager and it remains my favorite place in the world.

hiking
Monday, October 24, 2016

Nice easy hike lots of bikers and some horses. We did see some wild life and the scenery is amazing as you gain elevation. Very easy hike.

hiking
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Parking can be tricky. Very easy trail to hike, but a good challenge if mountain biking. Popular trail - lots of traffic. Great views of the Snowmass Wilderness peaks from the summit.

hiking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Great quick hike up to Elk Camp. A bit steep for the first little bit, but turns into a gradual and easy climb up. Really nice views the whole way.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Great trail for kids. Super easy access from Snowmass Village.

hiking
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Nice easy trail- can be done in 1 hour or less. Watch out for bikes!

Gorgeous Lake. Don't let the first several miles fool you. I was keeping a good pace and then slowed down on the second half of the hike up to the lake especially with pack weight. Bring fly spray as they were biting and hard. Glad I wore long pants as some parts of the trail are pretty lush in growth. Parking for the trail head was a challenge and had to go down the road even at 9 am. Its a pretty long day up and back and took me about 7 hours roundtrip not including a rest at the lake.

mountain biking
Friday, August 14, 2015

Great workout rewarded by great views. I mountain biked starting with the South rim trail, quite strenuous even in 1st gear. Once to the rim it levels out and becomes a fun downward descent. Very narrow trail throughout. Single file only.

The snowmass trail was clean and a nice hike. I continued on past Snowmass lake and summited snowmass mountain. The trail was muddy in spots and a bit overgrown around and above snowmass lake. There were many foxes and possible porcupines that I saw throughout the hike and could hear during the night.
Check out my blog for the full description of the day of hiking as well as my attempt to climb all the Colorado 14ers this year: http://freeoutside.com

hiking
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Rim Trail consists of two segments, South Rim Trail and North Rim Trail. You can access the trail from either end and walk to the other end. The shuttle/bus service in Snowmass Village can ease the task of getting back to your car at the other end. Either end starts with a climb to the "rim" (about 800-900ft depending upon which end) and then you proceed along the rim (ups and downs) to the other end. Views are spectacular, with Snowmass Mtn Ski resort filling the foreground, and Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain ski slopes on successive ridges beyond Snowmass. There are also 360 degree sweeping views of nearby Mt. Daly (13,297), Sopris (12,965ft), Capitol Peak (14,137ft), and Highland Peak (12,382). The skier famous Highland Bowl (double diamond expert descent from the peak) is on the far side of Highland Peak, which is a hike accessible peak at the top of the Aspen Highlands. Sinclair Rd. intersects the Rim trail in the middle with the South Rim trail to the south (left side of the road going up) and the North Rim trail to the right. Technically parking is not permitted on the road at this point, though few encounter problems. There is no shuttle service to this point so a two vehicle strategy is needed if your going to leave a vehicle there. If you start at this midpoint, you avoid the steep climbs at either end of the Rim trail, and of course only hike about 1/2 the distance. Running along the ridge line, your quite exposed to the sun, so sun screen is a must on a sunny day, and the apparent temperature can seem a great deal warmer than the low to mid 70's which are the typical high temperatures in the summer. You definitely do not want to be on this ridge line in a thunder storm. There is no place to take shelter till it passes, and the only descents are at the ends of the trail and the Sinclair Rd mid point. Worst case you could be running along a ridge line for 3 miles to safety, trying to avoid sky to earth lightening strikes. The trail is popular with mountain bikers, but they seem well behaved and I've not had a problem with them passing. Its quite a nice mountain bike touring trail.

hiking
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Signage at trailhead list this as a difficult (black diamond) trail and I would have to agree due to the elevation gain. There is no scree, but I did take a few stops to catch my breath. It is a constant uphill climb. The description here is wrong though. The elevation gain is somewhere aroung 1600 feet NOT 7122 feet as it says here. You can ride the chair lift down and save your shins. There are quite a few wildflowers and the trail is largely wooded. They did a really nice job routing this trail through the wooded areas so it does not feel like a trail up a ski mountain. It is also kept separate from the downhill mountain bike trail, so you are not dodging bikes like at some other ski resorts.

hiking
Monday, July 20, 2015

Great Trail from the rough mid-point to the summit - at the end of the Vista Trail and the beginning of Elk Camp Summit - restaurant, restrooms, water available at end of gondola ride. It seems like most people take the chair lift to the top and hike down. We hiked up! beautiful trail. beautiful views all the way up. beautiful reward at the top. Restrooms available. Picnic tables for our lunch we packed! there are parts of this trail that are steep but the whole trail was managable. we made it in about 2 hours!

The Snowmass-Maroon trail winds up Snowmass Creek to a beautiful alpine lake at the base of Snowmass Mountain. We started at the Maroon Snowmass Trailhead which is located at a dead end of a dirt road (Co Rd 11) near the entrance to Snowmass Falls Ranch. We got a late start, and arrived at TH at about 10am and the designated parking lot was full, but we found some parking on the side of the road about ½ mile of TH.
The trail contains a little bit of everything. Mild to strenuous elevation gains, multiple livestock gates that you have to close, large meadows, creeks, river crossings, beaver damns, small lakes, waterfalls, views, pine an aspen forest.
We made camp at Snowmass Lake and camped for 2 nights. Was surprised to see so many people camping, but there was still plenty of camping spots. We fished, walked around the lake and explored the area. One of the guys in our party summited the mountain.
A lot of work to get there, but it was well worth it. Would definitely do again.

Definitely a heavy use trail with prime access to Snowmass Mountain. A five star trail except for one thing - this trail sees heavy horse traffic due to local outfitters and you will enjoy bountiful odorous manure for much of the trek.

There are also several places where the trail has been heavily damaged by horses with one area near a waterfall below Snowmass Lake that is about to drop off into the gulch.

That aside this trail makes a long steady climb to Snowmass Lake meandering through aspen groves, long scenic valleys with old beaver dams, and eventually winding it's way through dense pine forest to arrive at the lake.

Water is in abundant supply crossing several small creeks with river access opportunities along the way. Given the horse traffic I definitely recommend water treatment.

Camping is hard to come by until about 6.5 miles in. Plenty of campsite opportunities around the lake.

The lake itself is stunningly beautiful and well worth the trip!

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