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159 mi 256 km of trail 12 Featured Runs

Gems 3 Gems Easy Trails 2 Trails Intermediate Trails 26 Trails Hard Trails 12 Trails

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness was one of five areas in Colorado designated as wilderness in the original Wilderness Act of 1964 which now comprises of 183,847 acres.

You'll have plenty of human company in Colorado's fourth largest Wilderness. This area exemplifies Rocky Mountain splendor with over 175 miles of trail that take users over nine passes above 12,000 feet, vast regions lie above the treeline, and long glacial valleys pointing to glistening alpine lakes.

With six peaks rising above 14,000 feet, this area draws mountaineers and runners by the thousands annually. The awesome, jagged symmetry of the twin 14,000 ft. the Maroon Bells, reflected in Maroon Lake, is the most photographed peaks in all of North America.

Camping & Lodging

Use Permits: There are free self-registration Wilderness Use Permits available at the trailhead, one at the parking lot and one at the wilderness boundary on the way to Crater Lake. Be sure to include your camping locations for each night.

Food Storage: First is bear-proof storage. The Bells is in bear country and due to an increase in use, increase in bear activity and a focus on safety we have in place an order that requires overnight runners to use IGBC approved bear-proof food storage containers. As a reminder of proper use of the containers; all food (including alcohol), trash, and toiletries must fit in the container.

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Trails in Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness - 28

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5.6 mi 9.1 km
#1 West Maroon Trail
Crested Butte, CO
5.6 mi 9.1 km Crested Butte, CO
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Snowmass Village, CO
8.2 mi 13.1 km Snowmass Village, CO
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1.7 mi 2.7 km
#3 North Maroon Peak
Snowmass Village, CO
1.7 mi 2.7 km Snowmass Village, CO
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Snowy, Some Mud - The first half of the hike is completely clear! The second half is snow covered. We fell knee deep many times.
65 days ago
Snowmass Village, CO
10.1 mi 16.3 km Snowmass Village, CO
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2.1 mi 3.3 km
#5 Capitol Peak
Snowmass Village, CO
2.1 mi 3.3 km Snowmass Village, CO
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Aspen, CO
11.2 mi 18.1 km Aspen, CO
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7.0 mi 11.2 km
#7 Geneva Lake Trail
Snowmass Village, CO
7.0 mi 11.2 km Snowmass Village, CO
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Carbondale, CO
8.3 mi 13.3 km Carbondale, CO
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7.6 mi 12.3 km
#9 East Snowmass Trail
Snowmass Village, CO
7.6 mi 12.3 km Snowmass Village, CO
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Snowmass Village, CO
2.5 mi 4.0 km Snowmass Village, CO
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Snowy, Some Mud - The first half of the hike is completely clear! The second half is snow covered. We fell knee deep many times.
65 days ago
El Jebel, CO
2.9 mi 4.7 km El Jebel, CO
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Aspen, CO
0.3 mi 0.6 km Aspen, CO
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36.3 mi 58.5 km , Not set ()
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Snowmass Village, CO
1.8 mi 2.9 km Snowmass Village, CO
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Snowy, Mostly Dry - Path is mostly dry with occasional snow/mud but very hikeable!
53 days ago
6.7 mi 10.9 km
#15 Buckskin Pass Trail
Snowmass Village, CO
6.7 mi 10.9 km Snowmass Village, CO
All Clear
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Mostly Dry
12 days ago
2.1 mi 3.3 km
#16 Maroon Peak Trail
Snowmass Village, CO
2.1 mi 3.3 km Snowmass Village, CO
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Snowmass Village, CO
8.5 mi 13.7 km Snowmass Village, CO
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Snowy, Some Mud - Snowy and sloppy the last 1 mike towards the lake as of 5/27. Expect waist deep post holes without snowshoes or skis.
46 days ago
2.4 mi 3.8 km
#18 Willow Lake Trail
Snowmass Village, CO
2.4 mi 3.8 km Snowmass Village, CO
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Snowmass Village, CO
5.4 mi 8.6 km Snowmass Village, CO
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Mostly Dry, Fallen Trees: 3-4 big downed trees, very muddy once you cross over/through snowmass creek into the pasture.
13 days ago
El Jebel, CO
3.8 mi 6.0 km El Jebel, CO
All Clear
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Mostly Dry - A little snowy near summit, quite windy, but really sunny!
22 days ago
8.5 mi 13.6 km
#21 Fravert Basin Trail
Snowmass Village, CO
8.5 mi 13.6 km Snowmass Village, CO
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Crested Butte, CO
3.3 mi 5.3 km Crested Butte, CO
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0.8 mi 1.2 km
#23 Castle Peak
Aspen, CO
0.8 mi 1.2 km Aspen, CO
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Snowmass Village, CO
3.3 mi 5.2 km Snowmass Village, CO
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1.1 mi 1.8 km
#25 North Fork Cutoff
Snowmass Village, CO
1.1 mi 1.8 km Snowmass Village, CO
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Crested Butte, CO
2.0 mi 3.2 km Crested Butte, CO
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0.4 mi 0.7 km
#27 Conundrum Peak
Aspen, CO
0.4 mi 0.7 km Aspen, CO
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Aspen, CO
5.2 mi 8.4 km Aspen, CO
All Clear
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Nothing a stock 4WD vehicle can’t handle, airing down reccomended.
19 days ago

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