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194 mi 312 km of trail 15 Recommended Routes

Gems 3 Gems Easy Trails 1 Trail Intermediate Trails 20 Trails Hard Trails 31 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.

Gems in Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness - 3

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gem Favorite One hell of an evening at the Maroon Bells

Maroon Bells

(23) Snowmas…, CO
gem Favorite Snowmass Lake sunrise.

Snowmass Lake

(5) Snowmas…, CO
gem Favorite No Photos

Conundrum Hot Springs

(7) Crested…, CO

Recommended Routes in Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness - 15

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Favorite One hell of an evening at the Maroon Bells
Difficult

Four Pass Loop

27.1 mi 43.6 km 7,327' Up 2233.3 m Up 7,329' Down 2233.81 m Down

Snowmas…, CO
Favorite Back into the trees headed down the west side of Buckskin Pass. Photo: Michelle Smith
Difficult

Snowmass - Willow Lake Loop

22.3 mi 35.9 km 5,436' Up 1657.01 m Up 5,456' Down 1662.91 m Down

Snowmas…, CO
Favorite Capitol Peak from just above Capitol Lake
Very Difficult

Capitol Peak

16.0 mi 25.8 km 5,337' Up 1626.58 m Up 5,339' Down 1627.3 m Down

Snowmas…, CO
Favorite Carbondale runner, Elinor Fish, out for a sunrise cruise on the flanks of Mt Sopris.
Difficult

Mount Sopris

13.4 mi 21.5 km 4,228' Up 1288.82 m Up 4,228' Down 1288.66 m Down

El Jebel, CO
Favorite A view of Pine Creek and Malamute Peak.
Intermediate/Difficult

Cathedral Lake Trail

5.5 mi 8.8 km 2,098' Up 639.41 m Up 2,098' Down 639.32 m Down

Aspen, CO
Favorite One hell of an evening at the Maroon Bells
Difficult

Pyramid Peak

7.9 mi 12.6 km 4,393' Up 1339.06 m Up 4,393' Down 1338.99 m Down

Snowmas…, CO
Favorite No Photos
Difficult

Conundrum Hot Springs Out-and-Back

17.4 mi 28.0 km 2,536' Up 772.93 m Up 2,535' Down 772.82 m Down

Aspen, CO
Favorite Looking south up Capitol Creek valley towards Capitol Peak.
Difficult

Capital Lake, Avalanche Creek, Hell's Roaring Pass Loop

24.6 mi 39.6 km 6,491' Up 1978.41 m Up 6,420' Down 1956.74 m Down

Snowmas…, CO

Trails in Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness - 37

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9.0 mi 14.6 km #1West Maroon Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Crested Butte, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Crested Butte, CO 11 
8.2 mi 13.1 km #2Maroon Snowmass Trail
Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
6.7 mi 10.9 km #3Buckskin Pass Trail
Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
2.1 mi 3.3 km #4Capitol Peak
Very Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Very Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
1.7 mi 2.7 km #5North Maroon Peak
Very Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Very Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
11.2 mi 18.1 km #6Conundrum Creek Trail #1981
Intermediate/Difficult
Aspen, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Aspen, CO
7.6 mi 12.3 km #7East Snowmass Trail
Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
2.5 mi 4.0 km #8Pyramid Peak Trail
Very Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Very Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
1.8 mi 2.9 km #9Maroon Snowmass Trail
Intermediate
Snowmass Village, CO
Intermediate
Snowmass Village, CO 12 
8.3 mi 13.3 km #10East Creek/Gift Creek Trail #1963
Difficult
Carbondale, CO
Difficult
Carbondale, CO
8.5 mi 13.7 km #11Capitol Creek Trail (#1961)
Intermediate/Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
3.3 mi 5.2 km #12Capitol Ditch Trail (#1963)
Intermediate/Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
11.7 mi 18.8 km #13Lily Lake Trail #1964
Difficult
Carbondale, CO
Difficult
Carbondale, CO
6.5 mi 10.5 km #14Hell Roaring Trail #1960
Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
2.9 mi 4.7 km #15Mount Sopris Trail
Difficult
El Jebel, CO
Difficult
El Jebel, CO
0.3 mi 0.6 km #16Conundrum Couloir (Snow Route)
Difficult
Aspen, CO
Difficult
Aspen, CO
27.1 mi 43.6 km #17Four Pass Loop Clockwise
Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
2.1 mi 3.3 km #18Maroon Peak Trail
Very Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Very Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
7.0 mi 11.2 km #19Geneva Lake Trail
Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
5.4 mi 8.6 km #20West Snowmass Trail #2187
Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO

Photos of Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness - 167

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One hell of an evening at the Maroon Bells
Sep 27, 2015 near Snowmas…, CO
Capitol Peak from just above Capitol Lake
Oct 1, 2017 near Snowmas…, CO
Running up heavenly Fravert Basin. Photo: Michelle Smith
Aug 31, 2015 near Snowmas…, CO
Moose
Feb 9, 2015 near Snowmas…, CO
Maroon Bells
Apr 1, 2015 near Snowmas…, CO
One of the many amazing high country lake views found on the Four Pass Loop.
Feb 1, 2018 near Snowmas…, CO
Maroon Bells on a beautiful fall day
Feb 8, 2018 near Snowmas…, CO
Looking south up Capitol Creek valley towards Capitol Peak.
Oct 24, 2017 near Snowmas…, CO