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Snowmass Lake Trail Reroute

Beginning Elevation: 8,400 Feet (2560.3 Meters)
Difficulty: Difficult
Distance: 8.3 Miles (13.4 Kilometers)
Ending Elevation: 9,580 Feet (2920 Meters)

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General Description

From the parking area the trail climbs into the aspen trees behind the information board. The trail climbs on the east side of Snowmass Creek for about 6 miles. It continues above and to the left of a large beaver pond and soon crosses Snowmass Creek at a second beaver pond. Sandals are recommended for this stream crossing. You will most likely get wet. The trail then continues south climbing several switchbacks before entering the forest. As the trail levels you will come to a wooden sign post. Continue straight ahead to get to Snowmass Lake. Take the left fork to remain on the Maroon- Snowmass Trail or to find the large group and campfire sites. Continue on the Maroon-Snowmass trail to another signed junction. Stay left (going right will put you on the Geneva Lake trail and will also return you to Snowmass Lake). The trail descends through forest and crosses Snowmass Creek. The trail ascends into the valley and begins a steep climb to Buckskin Pass. From the top of Buckskin Pass the trail drops steeply into a vast alpine meadow (please, no camping in the meadows). The trail continues through the meadow to a sign for the Maroon-Snowmass/Willow Lake junction. Take the right fork to continue on the Maroon- Snowmass Trail. The trail descends steeply through Minnehaha Gulch which provides excellent camping (remember, your site must be 100 feet from the trail or stream) then continues its steep descent to the junction at Crater Lake. You can camp in designated sites at Crater Lake or continue to the left towards Maroon Lake. From Maroon Lake you can catch the bus back to Aspen before 5:00 PM. between mid June- September. Otherwise you will have to make other arrangements to get back into Aspen.

Directions from Aspen: Drive 6 miles west of Aspen on Highway 82 and turn left onto Brush Creek Road. Continue on Brush Creek Road 5.5 miles and turn right onto Divide Road. Divide Road turns into a gravel road and passes the Krabloonik Restaurant and Kennels. The road descends steeply to the valley bottom where it forks. Take the left fork. The Maroon-Snowmass Trailhead is at the end of the road. A high clearance vehicle is recommended.

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Aspen Ranger District, 806 W. Hallam , Aspen, CO, 81611, Phone: 970-925-3445


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