Maroon Bells

4 days
27 miles
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$316
What is included?
  • Gear for you or your entire group! (Tent, Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Pad, Backpack, Camping Stove, Water Filter, Headlamp)
  • Ten backpacking meals for each member in your group
  • Fully detailed itinerary including step-by-step instructions for every step of your trip
  • Free, round-trip shipping of your equipment
  • A one-way bus ticket to the Maroon Bells

Summary: 

Hiking over the iconic four passes in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness is nothing short of inspiring.  With alpine lakes, jagged peaks, waterfalls and fields of wildflower, this trail is a must do for any backpacker.

The Four Pass Loop begins at beautiful Maroon Lake.  Believe it or not, the views only get better from here! The lake has a stunning view of Maroon and North Maroon Peaks, together called the Maroon Bells.  The trail can be done either clockwise or counterclockwise and covers 27.1 miles.  For this itinerary, we are giving the details for doing the route clockwise.

Day 1 - Get an early start and arrive in Aspen, Colorado with your gear.  If you haven’t picked up your gear at this point,  it will be located at a predetermined shipping location near town. You will park your vehicle and take the bus into the majestic Maroon-Bells Snowmass Wilderness.  You will then hike as long as you’d like down the scenic West Maroon Trail. 

Day 2
- If you took it easy the first day, it’ll be a challenging day with the goal of making over the first and second pass, West Maroon Pass and Frigid Air Pass, respectively. Although tough, this is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of place so don’t forget to take time to admire the gorgeous waterfalls, wildflowers and snow-capped peaks along this iconic trail.  You'll camp in the lush valley between Frigid Air Pass and Trail Rider Pass.
Day 3 - Right off the bat you’ll begin the day with a pass.  Thankfully this pass, Trail Rider Pass, will be on the shortest day of the trip, if you’re doing it in 4 days, so take your time and conserve energy as you hike towards the top. Once you reach the saddle you will immediate see Snowmass Lake below you along the trail. You can actually camp right there at the lake but you can also go a few more miles to get a good head start on your last day and final pass.

Day 4
-  Today’s challenge is Buckskin Pass.  You’ll be physically exhausted at this point but mentally and emotionally renewed!  It’ll also be tempting to rush through the last day but we implore you to take time to enjoy a good breakfast and take in every last drop of the inspiring views before returning back to normal life.  Once you get back to the trail head, take the bus back to your vehicle.