The trail starts at Maroon Lake and follows lakeside until it climbs on rocky paths through the aspens to a rock “garden” before it descends to Crater Lake. At Crater Lake the trail forks to the right and climbs steeply through aspen and spruce forest to Minnehaha Gulch. A stream divides the gulch in half with campsites available before and after the stream crossing. The trail continues its steep ascent exiting the gulch into an alpine meadow with Buckskin Pass looming ahead. Camping is prohibited in the meadow. A trail sign for the Maroon-Snowmass/Willow Lake Junction appears in another 1/2 mile. Take the right fork. Follow the trail which traverses the hillside then switchbacks steeply into a basin where Willow Pass looms ahead. Another series of steep switchbacks leads to the top of the pass and provides a view of Willow Lake off to the right. Willow Lake is about 1-1/2 miles farther.
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