Highs 94 to 99. This is hike has the most elevation gain on this list. Don't show this message again Easy unsubscribe links are provided in every email. Access by car is limited in the summer from 7am - 9am, and 5pm - 7pm. Beautiful views in all directions up top, and well worth the time and energy invested. You pass the Buckskin Trailhead on the way to the Wire Pass Trailhead. After Labor Day, the road is open to all cars Mon-Thurs; restrictions only apply Friday-Sunday. Beauty surrounds you and if you go while the wild flowers are in bloom, it is magical. Buckskin Pass. Look at what happened in Yosemite. Sorry, there are no tours or activities available to book online for the date(s) you selected. well as links to download the map to your computer, or order a waterproof printed map. The trailhead can Clicking anywhere within a quandrant will display an info window with the map name, as Lows in the upper 50s to upper 60s. This parking area is located approximately 2 miles up Maroon Creek Road and is well-marked. really loved it. The shuttle operates everyday from mid-June to Labor Day. Partly cloudy. You’ll pass over a few switchbacks, traverse to the west for a spell, and then you’ll switchback again. The view across Maroon Lake with Maroon Peak in the background is stunning. It rises away in thick aspens that break across an open rock field on the valley floor (1.2 miles : 10,070’). topographic maps of the U.S. called US Topo that are separated into We took the opportunity to dip our feet in the ice cold water and eat before climbing our second pass of the day. more, Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Aspen. Snow can linger here late into the season, so take care. Buckskin Mountain State Park weather forecast updated daily. One of the most beautiful trails in the Aspen area. The road is dirt and gravel, and in wet weather it can become impassable. Related terms: col, notch, pass, saddle, water gap, wind gap. Heading directly up the basin you will soon approach the steep flanks of Buckskin Pass. Both sexes have sharp black horns that can reach 12". The trail continues its steep ascent exiting the gulch into an alpine meadow with Buckskin Pass looming ahead. Buckskin Pass (12,462') is located 4.6 miles from Maroon Lake in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Go early and make sure to go to the top. Historical Weather. Due to heavy use, campfires are not permitted at. The shuttle runs Friday-Sunday as described above. Living here for over 20 years it is still one of our favorite hikes to take. To your right you will look up to an unnamed, nearly 3962m mountain summit. The hiker works hard ascending the 3000+ foot altitude gain. Timed for nightfall according to season, experience a creepier Aspen as you slip through shadowed streets and into the dark haunts of the past. The Maroon Lake - Maroon Snowmass Trailhead is located 9.2 miles west of Highway 82 on Maroon Creek Road. One of my favorite hikes so far – highly recommend! Buckskin Pass came highly recommended from a friend, and the hike did not disappoint. Reaching Buckskin Pass after an hour and twenty minutes of running, we made the decision to run to Snowmass Lake then to Snowmass Ski Area and possibly across the Government Trail back to my car. This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in the United States. Sorry, there are no tours or activities available to book online for the date(s) you selected. After climbing for a ways, you will emerge from the trees into a stunning alpine basin. The Buckskin pass was great. Photos provided by Flickr are under the copyright of their owners. Aspen Premium Ski Rental Including Delivery. You start out at Maroon lake and gain 2500ft vertical so be ready to climb. There was a little snow up top in early Oct of this year, but there were enough. Camping is permitted in Minnehaha Gulch, and about two miles west of the pass beginning at treeline. Camping is not permitted in the alpine meadows on either side of Buckskin Pass. Buckskin spans a divisive ridge between Minnehaha Gulch (east) and the Snowmass Creek drainage (west). Buckskin Pass - 9.2 Miles Round-Trip Buckskin Pass (12,462') is located 4.6 miles from Maroon Lake in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Hi/Low, RealFeel®, precip, radar, & everything you need to be ready for the day, commute, and weekend! NOAA weather radar, satellite and synoptic charts. Current conditions, warnings and historical records Today 15 Sep Parker Valley Sunny and hot. Highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s. Visitors will enjoy high alpine landscapes and iconic Colorado scenery on the hike to Buckskin Pass: The Maroon Snowmass Trail begins on a level path up the north side of Maroon Lake to the Scenic Loop split (.3 miles). differences in elevation and topography, the historic weather at the two separate locations The $10 access fee still applies. Seriously, if you don't like this pass, you have no soul. Heavily cushioned, skid-proof hooves give them exceptional balance and traction, and double-layered wool coats can withstand extreme weather conditions. Great flowers and gorgeous landscape. This hike starts from one of the most photogenic lakes in the entire Rocky Mountains. To your right you will be able to see Buckskin Point as well. After 1.6 miles you reach Crater lake and turn right up the mountain.