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New Meetup: Aspen Four Pass Loop

From: Jason M.
Sent on: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 1:58 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Colorado 14ers!

What: Aspen Four Pass Loop

When: Wednesday, August 11,[masked]:00 AM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

Sort of a last minute deal and barely 14er related, but still really freaking cool.

The 4 pass loop is a multi day backpacking trip located near Aspen, CO that completely circumnavigates the Maroon Bells and takes you through some of the most pristine areas of the Maroon-Snowmass Wilderness. We will be meeting at the Snowmass Creek Trailhead at 11 AM, and will make the hike in to Snowmass Lake and camp for the evening. Starting early the next day we will hike SE over buckskin pass and pitch our camp, nestled between the towering Maroon Bells and Pyramid Peak. At the crack of dawn our next segment will take us over West Maroon Pass and Frigid Air Pass, camping near the bottom of Hasley Basin. Our final day on the trail will take us over Trail Rider Pass and back to Snowmass Lake where we will meet the rest of the crew that will be climbing Snowmass Peak on the 14th and 15th.

Camping will be in areas up to .5 mile away from lakes and streams (per wilderness regulations). This will allow us to build campfires and cook food, get warm/dry, etc.

All said and done you should expect 25-30 miles RT and upwards of 8,000 feet of total elevation gain for the loop ONLY. This doesn't include variations or extras that we may want to grab (think 13ers, lakes, and waterfalls) along the way. You can also tack on some extra if you choose to stay and hike Snowmass Peak as well. Should be pretty epic! Let me know what you guys can do.

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