This travel corridor sees heavy traffic so expect crowds, honor campfire restrictions and reduce impact by staying on trails, using established sites and leaving no trace of your visit: The trail begins on the north side of Maroon Lake to the Scenic Loop split (.3 miles). Snowmass, CO – Lake Snowmass Lake (10,980 ft) is an alpine lake in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness accessed at the junction of the Maroon-Snowmass Trail and Geneva Lake Trail, below Trail Rider Pass.From the lake are views of Snowmass Peak (13,627 ft), Hagerman Peak (13,841 ft) and Snowmass Mountain (14,092 ft). Camping is permitted in Minnehaha Gulch (east of pass), and about two miles west of the pass beginning at treeline. • Use the self-pay station just past the Welcome Station if no attendant is on duty. Follow signs in each case to Snowmass Lake (8.5 miles : 10,980’). The trail drops NW from the pass on more moderate grades back into treeline (5.9 miles : 11,575’). After Labor Day, the road is open to all cars Mon-Thurs; restrictions only apply Friday-Sunday. Triangle Peak dirtbiking trail in Snowmass, Colorado. Call 970.925.3445 with specific questions about seasonal road access and shuttle schedules: Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness | Aspen Ranger District 806 West Hallam Aspen, CO 81611 970.925.3445, Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness | Sopris Ranger District 620 Main Street Carbondale, CO 81623 970.963.2266, White River National Forest 900 Grand Ave. P.O. Trail Map 3,834' Up Continue briefly on a trail before coming to a rock glacier (a talus field) of red rock. 734.82 m Up 1657.01 m Up It’s among the largest alpine lakes in the Wilderness, and one of many highlights on the 4-Pass Loop. 5,436' Up Scan nearby ridges for mountain goat, which are common in this area. From here, hike about 0.75 miles and look for the turnoff to the left onto this trail, crossing a stream. Cars with infants (children under 2) and handicap plates are exempt from road restrictions, year round. Due to heavy use, campfires are not permitted at Snowmass Lake. It rises away into thick aspens that break across an open rock field on the valley floor (1.2 miles : 10,070’). Contact the Aspen Ranger District (970.925.3445) for the latest weather, trail conditions and trail-specific guidelines when planning your trip. Snowmass Peak (13,627 ft) is a peak in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness of the White River National Forest near Snowmass, CO. ↓ Skip to Main Content Find A Trail Store food securely. Snowmass Peak (13,627 ft) is a peak in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness of the White River National Forest near Snowmass, CO. More information about Snowmass Peak can be found at: 749.07 m Down, 5.8 mi 6,420' Down Only used to identify you to ProTrails. Trail Photos • Snowmass Lake - 17.0 Miles Round-Trip Snowmass Lake is located 8.5 miles from Maroon Lake in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Willow Lake is located off the popular 4-Pass Loop circuit, and sees coniderably less traffic past the Buckskin Pass split. Dispersed backcountry camping is permitted in the, Camping is prohibited within 100' of any trail, lake or stream. Print Trail Trail, White River National Forest - Maroon Bells. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); You can contact ProTrails directly through our Facebook or Instagram accounts. Campfires are otherwise permitted in the Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness, with potential seasonal restrictions. 788.7 m Down. Land Manager: White River National Forest - Maroon Bells, 22.3 mi Follow Maroon Creek Road to all designated parking lots. 25' Up The east side is ringed by patchy forest and easier to explore. 1956.74 m Down, 27.1 mi Tell us when your experience with this trail happened. The trail resumes a steep, sinuous course to the Willow Lake Trail split (3.8 miles : 11,745’), where it breaks NW on a twisting path up flower-covered slopes to Buckskin Pass (4.6 miles : 12,462’). Wikipedia – Snowmass Peak, By using this site you agree to the terms of our. It lies at treeline in a massive cirque framed by Snowmass Peak (13,619’), Hagerman Peak (13,841’) and Snowmass Mountain (14,092’). 2,411' Up 39.6 km The trail is heavily trafficked and easy to follow. Comments. Backpackers seeking privacy should consider backtracking, or continuing north on the Maroon Snowmass Trail to nice sites just below the basin. 20.7 km Awesome Backcountry trail Potentially hazardous terrain. Use 1 or all 4 drop downs to customize your search for the right trail. • A map is useful here, as you now have options for reaching the lake or skipping it altogether. 7,329' Down It’s among the largest alpine lakes in the Wilderness, and one of many highlights on the 4-Pass Loop. Dogs must be leashed at all times in the Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness. 9,580' - 10,980' (12,462' max elevation on Buckskin Pass), +1,400' net elevation gain (+4,785' total roundtrip elevation gain), N39 05.911 W106 56.452 — 0.0 miles : Maroon Lake - Maroon Snowmass Trailhead, N39 05.886 W106 56.761 — 0.3 miles : Split for Maroon Lake Scenic Loop, N39 05.576 W106 57.373 — 1.0 miles : Trail rises up north side of West Maroon Creek, N39 05.327 W106 57.962 — 1.7 miles : Crater Lake - Maroon Snowmass Trail split, N39 05.261 W106 58.423 — 2.3 miles : Steep, winding climb up Minnehaha Gulch, N39 05.614 W106 58.697 — 2.95 miles : Cross left over rocky stream channel, N39 05.690 W106 58.894 — 3.2 miles : Steep climb over treeline into meadows, N39 06.016 W106 59.098 — 3.8 miles : Buckskin Pass - Willow Lake Trail split, N39 06.109 W106 59.554 — 4.6 miles : Buckskin Pass | Begin descent to lake, N39 06.176 W106 59.683 — 5.1 miles : Winding descent through alpine meadows, N39 06.333 W107 00.154 — 5.8 miles : Approach treeline, N39 06.584 W107 00.500 — 6.3 miles : Transition into high subalpine forest, N39 06.417 W107 00.597 — 6.8 miles : Travel moderates in thick forest, N39 06.533 W107 00.914 — 7.25 miles : Cross bridge (left) over Snowmass Creek, N39 06.711 W107 01.219 — 7.75 miles : Undulating travel toward lake basin, N39 07.033 W107 01.584 — 8.28 miles : First split for Snowmass Lake, N39 07.000 W107 01.700 — 8.38 miles : Snowmass Lake - Geneva Lake Trail split, N39 07.024 W107 01.832 — 8.5 miles : Snowmass Lake (10,980'). 35.9 km 7.4mi, Create Recommended Route or The Maroon Snowmass Trail steepens over Crater Lake and bends NW up Minnehaha Gulch. Use the drop downs to find the perfect park. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! 2,588' Down Buckskin Pass spans a divisive ridge between Minnehaha Gulch (east) and the Snowmass Creek drainage (west). Find a trail. 1.8 miles from the trailhead you will come to a trail junction where you must turn right to stay on the Maroon-Snowmass Trail, but before turning you should first continue straight for 0.1 mile to Crater Lake and another exquisite view of the Maroon Bells. 2233.3 m Up • Note camping is not permitted in these meadows. The shuttle operates everyday from mid-June to Labor Day. There's a $10 fee to access the Maroon Lake - Maroon Snowmass Trailhead by car. Connects: Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, Snowmass Peak dominates the background of Snowmass Lake. [Skip to Content] NOTICE: Mountain biking irresponsibly during the COVID-19 pandemic puts you and others at risk. 7,327' Up 1168.72 m Up This parking area is located approximately 2 miles up Maroon Creek Road and is well-marked. • 2,458' Down Will not show on comments list. Trip Reports 9.3 km Said 5.4 on here but my GPS put it close to 7.4mi before I met up with the Capitol Creek Trail. Campfires are not permitted above or within .25 miles (440 yards) of treeline, or within 100' of any trail, lake or stream. 1662.91 m Down, 24.6 mi • Your FREE account works with all Adventure Projects sites.