Maroon Lake via Maroon Snowmass
1 review Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness Area #29 hike out of 109 in
3 hrs 8 min
This is a moderate one way trail in Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness Area.
This trail goes by Maroon Lake, Beaver Dam, bridge and rapids, and Buckskin Pass.
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Maroon - 4 Passes Loop Clockwise Day 4 (8/19/18)
Day 4 also began with some rain. The ascent up to Buckskin pass was less steep than the others, but more unrelenting. On our way up, we stopped to divert a rivulet off the path that was causing erosion. Interestingly, the approach to the top of the west side of the pass became a fairly easy hike through a very high grassy slope, quite different from the rocky climbs we had experienced earlier. Views from the top were, again, spectacular. The descent was unrelenting, moderately steep (20-25% grades) down for 3,000', which was hard on my knees. On the east side we got to enjoy a plethora of scenery: rocky crags, steep slopes, lush forest, boulder fields, aspen glens, and finally the beauty of Maroon Lake again.