From the parking area the trail climbs into the
aspen trees behind the information board. The
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
crossing. You will most likely get wet. The trail
then continues south climbing several switchbacks
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-
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
bus back to Aspen before 5:00 PM. between mid
June- September. Otherwise you will have to make
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
Road 5.5 miles and turn right onto Divide Road.
Divide Road turns into a gravel road and passes
Restaurant and Kennels. The road descends steeply
to the valley bottom where it forks. Take the left
Maroon-Snowmass Trailhead is at the end of the
road. A high clearance vehicle is recommended.