Crater Lake via West Maroon Creek Trail and Maroon Snowmass
based on 86 tracks & routes White River National Forest #25 hike out of 104 in
2 hrs 20 min
This is a moderate one way trail in White River National Forest.
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Maroon Bells 4 Pass Loop: Day 1 Maroon Lake to West Maroon Valley
tart from the West Maroon Portal at Maroon Lake and head toward the far end of the lake onto West Maroon Trail #1970. You will be entering the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness here. Be sure to grab a permit and to attach it to your pack. Head for Crater Lake stopping for a snack to enjoy the views. Note the unique close up perspective of the Maroon Bells, then continue up the W. Maroon Valley to several campsites located near the trail. (5 miles)
Maroon - 4 Passes Loop Clockwise Day 1 (8/16/18)
This was Day 1 of my hike with my hiking buddy, Kevin Thueson. Coming from an elevation of 600', we decided to camp at just 11,000' the first night. We started after the afternoon showers at the beautiful Maroon Lake (9,600'), and made our way over remarkably rugged terrain to the dried up Crater Lake, then had a continual, upward trail to camp.
4 Pass Loop Day 1
Camp as close to pass as possible, still not a long day.