Trails Illustrated 128 Maroon Bells, Redstone, and Marble
Summer to Fall
1977 to Willow Lake
Maroon Bells, Highland Peak
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Hiking the East Snowmass Creek trail
This trail is good for hiking, backpacking and horseback travel. The camping is limited due to the steep terrain. This trail is less popular than the Maroon-Snowmass Trail and has very steep sections and may contain snowfields until late July. The trail begins ascending steeply and forks to the right in about one-mile. The trail continues through spruce, aspen and pine forests for approximately three miles. The trail then breaks out into a meadow before continuing a moderately steep climb. There are some steep sections that require caution. Once on East Snowmass Pass, the descent to Willow Lake is through a boulder field. The last mile meanders through rolling tundra to Willow Lake.
Directions from Aspen: Drive 6 miles west of Aspen on Highway 82 and turn left onto Brush Creek Road. Continue on Brush Creek Road 5.3 miles and turn right onto Divide Road. Divide Road turns into a gravel road and passes Krabloonik Restaurant & Kennels, then descends steeply to the valley bottom where the road forks. Take the left fork, the trailhead will be just beyond the wooden bridge, on the left side of the road (The Maroon-Snowmass Trail is at the end of the gravel road).
June through September
(NOTE: Access to Willow Lake may be prevented due to snow at high elevations.)
Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Winter Conditions. Beware of avalanche danger and hypothermia. Updated: 2002-12-23 14:36:00.0
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Difficulty: Easy Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl Recommend to a Friend: Highly Report: You can access this trail right from the Ditch trail, about 1.5 miles, to the the bridge and head up (turn left) the trail. From the top of the East Snowmass Creek Pass it is about 4 miles to the bridge crossing.
Hiking & Walking
East Snowmass Trail
East Snowmass Trail, #1977
Brush Creek Road - Brush Creek Road leads travelers from Highway 82, west of Aspen, to Snowmass Ski Area. Its a good starting point for many recreation opportunities.