West Ma­roon Pass

MA­ROON BELLS-SNOW­MASS WILDER­NESS, COLORADO

Backpacker - - Uncovered -

Get a dif­fer­ent view of Colorado’s most pho­tographed moun­tains on this 13-mile out-and-back.

GET HERE

Start at the Ma­roon Lake trail­head off U.S. 82 near Aspen. Fol­low the West Ma­roon Trail as it skirts the north shore of Ma­roon Lake, climb­ing through aspen and spruce. Con­tinue straight past a junc­tion at mile 1.7 and trace the west­ern shore of Crater Lake. The path winds through patches of scrubby wil­low up to West Ma­roon Pass at mile 6.5, where you can scope sweet views of Belle­viewMoun­tain to the west, Len Shoe­maker Ridge to the east, and 14,156-foot Ma­roon Peak tow­er­ing to the north­west. Re­trace your steps to the trail­head.

SLEEP HERE

Want to wake up to this? Stop about 1.5 miles be­fore the pass and snag this tree­line camp­site in an im­pacted area about 100 feet off the trail to the east, hid­den in a clus­ter of stunted trees (free per­mit re­quired).

DO IT TRAIL­HEAD 39.0991, -106.9380 SEA­SON June to Septem­ber SHUT­TLE Ma­roon Creek Road is closed from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; take the shut­tle bus from Aspen High­lands ($8). PER­MIT Re­quired (free); self-is­sue at trail­head kiosks. CONTACT bit.ly/west­ma­roon­pass

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