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East Fork/West Pass Maroon Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,520 Feet (3279.3 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,960 Feet (611.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,480 Feet (3890.3 Meters)
Length: 3.5 Miles (5.83 Kilometers) 5.6 km to West Maroon Pass
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 128 Maroon Bells, Redstone, Marble
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Snowmass Mtn and Maroon Bells

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General Description

This trail is heavily used by hikers going from Aspen to Crested Butte. The first 3 miles of this trail are easy and pass through beautiful meadows filled with wildflowers. The last half mile to the pass is more difficult. This trail connects with Hasley Basin, Frigid Air Pass and West Maroon Pass. There are breathtaking views at the passes. This trail is accessible from both the Aspen side or the Crested Butte side. See directions below. Normally Accessible: Mid-June through Mid-September (NOTE: Snow at higher elevations will prevent access to this trail during Spring, Fall, and Winter months.) .

Directions from Carbondale: To access from the Crested Butte end:Travel south on Hwy. 133 for 25 miles past Carbondale to County Road 3 and take the Marble turn to the left. Drive through Marble and past Beaver Lake. The road begins to head uphill and passes over shale rock - you'll need 4WD from here. About 1 mile outside of Marble there is a fork in the road. Take Road #314 to the right. The road immediately heads downhill. It is about 5 1/2 miles to Crystal City. Pass Crystal and continue uphill, bearing right at the next fork. Travel about 5 more miles and past Schofield Park to the trailhead parking on your left. This road is an extremely dangerous 4 wheel drive road and should be attempted only by the most experienced drivers! To access from Aspen, drive to the Maroon peaks parking lot.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Mid-June through Mid-September (NOTE: Snow at higher elevations will prevent access to this trail during Spring, Fall, and Winter months.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking East Fork/West Maroon Pass Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking East Fork/West Pass Maroon Trail
ICON Horseback Riding East Fork/West Maroon Pass Trail

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Visitor Information:

Sopris Ranger District, 620 Main St, P.O. Box 309 , Carbondale, CO, 81623, Phone: 970-963-2266, Fax: 970-963-1012


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