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167 mi 268 km of trail 15 Runs

Gems 3 Gems Easy Trails 4 Trails Intermediate Trails 27 Trails Hard Trails 20 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

(4) Snowmas…, CO
gem Favorite No Photos

Conundrum Hot Springs

(7) Crested…, CO

Runs in Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness - 15

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Favorite One hell of an evening at the Maroon Bells
Intermediate/Difficult

Four Pass Loop

27.1 mi 43.6 km • Loop • 7,327 ft Ascent 2233.3 m Ascent

(148) 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 • Loop • 5,436 ft Ascent 1657.01 m Ascent

(8) Snowmas…, CO
Favorite Capitol Peak from just above Capitol Lake
Extremely Difficult

Capitol Peak

16.0 mi 25.8 km • Out and Back • 5,337 ft Ascent 1626.58 m Ascent

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

Mount Sopris

13.4 mi 21.5 km • Out and Back • 4,228 ft Ascent 1288.82 m Ascent

(6) El Jebel, CO
Favorite A view of Pine Creek and Malamute Peak.
Intermediate

Cathedral Lake Trail

5.5 mi 8.8 km • Out and Back • 2,098 ft Ascent 639.41 m Ascent

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

Pyramid Peak

7.9 mi 12.6 km • Out and Back • 4,393 ft Ascent 1339.06 m Ascent

(5) Snowmas…, CO
Favorite Bridge debris - watch your step!
Difficult

Castle and Conundrum

12.0 mi 19.3 km • Out and Back • 4,299 ft Ascent 1310.31 m Ascent

(9) 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 • Loop • 6,491 ft Ascent 1978.41 m Ascent

(1) Snowmas…, CO

Trails in Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness - 36

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9.0 mi 14.6 km #1West Maroon Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Crested Butte, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
9.0 mi 14.6 km Crested Butte, CO
8.2 mi 13.1 km #2Maroon Snowmass Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
8.2 mi 13.1 km Snowmass Village, CO
6.7 mi 10.9 km #3Buckskin Pass Trail
Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Difficult
6.7 mi 10.9 km Snowmass Village, CO
1.7 mi 2.7 km #4North Maroon Peak
Extremely Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Extremely Difficult
1.7 mi 2.7 km Snowmass Village, CO
11.2 mi 18.1 km #5Conundrum Creek Trail #1981
Intermediate/Difficult
Aspen, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
11.2 mi 18.1 km Aspen, CO
2.1 mi 3.3 km #6Capitol Peak
Extremely Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Extremely Difficult
2.1 mi 3.3 km Snowmass Village, CO
7.6 mi 12.3 km #7East Snowmass Trail
Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Difficult
7.6 mi 12.3 km Snowmass Village, CO
2.5 mi 4.0 km #8Pyramid Peak Trail
Extremely Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Extremely Difficult
2.5 mi 4.0 km Snowmass Village, CO
8.3 mi 13.3 km #9East Creek/Gift Creek Trail #1963
Difficult
Carbondale, CO
Difficult
8.3 mi 13.3 km Carbondale, CO
8.5 mi 13.7 km #10Capitol Creek Trail (#1961)
Intermediate
Snowmass Village, CO
Intermediate
8.5 mi 13.7 km Snowmass Village, CO
11.7 mi 18.8 km #11Lily Lake Trail #1964
Difficult
Carbondale, CO
Difficult
11.7 mi 18.8 km Carbondale, CO
2.9 mi 4.7 km #12Mount Sopris Trail
Difficult
El Jebel, CO
Difficult
2.9 mi 4.7 km El Jebel, CO
6.5 mi 10.5 km #13Hell Roaring Trail #1960
Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Difficult
6.5 mi 10.5 km Snowmass Village, CO
0.3 mi 0.6 km #14Conundrum Couloir (Snow Route)
Difficult
Aspen, CO
Difficult
0.3 mi 0.6 km Aspen, CO
1.8 mi 2.9 km #15Maroon Snowmass Trail
Intermediate
Snowmass Village, CO
Intermediate
1.8 mi 2.9 km Snowmass Village, CO 10 
2.1 mi 3.3 km #16Maroon Peak Trail
Extremely Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Extremely Difficult
2.1 mi 3.3 km Snowmass Village, CO
3.3 mi 5.2 km #17Capitol Ditch Trail (#1963)
Intermediate/Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
3.3 mi 5.2 km Snowmass Village, CO
7.0 mi 11.2 km #18Geneva Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
7.0 mi 11.2 km Snowmass Village, CO
5.4 mi 8.6 km #19West Snowmass Trail #2187
Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Difficult
5.4 mi 8.6 km Snowmass Village, CO
2.4 mi 3.8 km #20Willow Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Snowmass Village, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
2.4 mi 3.8 km Snowmass Village, CO

Photos of Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness - 166

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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

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