“Enjoy lakes, views, waterfalls, and solitude along this wilderness trail.”
— Tom Robson
Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
From Snowmass Lake
, the trail begins above the lake on the south side of the outlet. For the next 1.5 miles, the trail climbs steeply Trail Rider Pass. From the Pass, the trail drops precipitously and becomes flat as it enters a large basin. Bypass the North Fork Cutoff
and climb slightly as the backs of the Maroon Bells
impose themselves on your view to the east. Of course, Snowmass Mountain and Hagerman Peak do the same to your north.
From this awesome viewpoint, drop into a steep section of the trail's namesake lake, Geneva Lake. Views of Snowmass and Hagerman are hard to deny, now - enjoy! Continue south as the trail winds its way around the lake and hits a very steep section. Continue past the multitudes of cascading waterfalls as the trail winds its way down this beautiful slope.
In the far off distance, you'll be able to see the backside of the Bell's even more prominently than before - these are some of Colorado's most picturesque mountains. The final push provides some well-earned respite for the rest of the route. Savor the open meadows and sparse trees as you head to the trail's termination at the Lead King Loop