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Photography Hike in Maroon Bells in Snowmass, CO

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Below is the list of the trails for this event. Of course - nothing is written in stone. We might decide to "switch it up" or change the trails we hike.

Hiking the Maroon Bells area

1) Maroon Lake Scenic Trail – Out & Back

Trail begins at the west side of Maroon Lake parking area

One-way distance: 1.5 miles; Difficulty level: easy to moderate

2) Scenic Loop Trail

The trail starts at the upper end of the lake just past the bridge. This short trail (into the Wilderness) offers the sight and sound of a rushing stream, cascading waterfalls, and the quiet of a beaver pond hidden in the aspens.

1.5 mile round trip; Difficulty level: easy

3) Crater Lake Trail

Trail starts from west side of Maroon Lake parking area

One-way distance: 1.8 miles; Difficulty level: moderate

Please be on time. We have a long drive and need to arrive BEFORE 9:00am so we can drive our cars rather than take the shuttles. We will be leaving promptly at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail - The trail follows the lake to the far side and meanders along the creek flowing into the lake. This is a great place for pictures and picnics. Miles one way: 1.3. Elevation: 9,500 ft. - 10,000 ft. (EASY)

The Maroon Bells are located in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, (near Aspen) approximately 2.5 hours from Grand Junction. The famous twin peaks of Maroon Bells are considered to be the MOST photographed peaks in Colorado AND possibly the United States. (NO DOGS - PLEASE.) The Maroon Bells are considered to be one of the most scenic aspects of Colorado. Lush aspen forests, lofty peaks lined with perpetual snow, clear flowing streams, blooming alpine meadows, and high alpine lakes ringed by granite peaks. Perhaps this is why the wilderness area is one of the most visited spots in Colorado. (Due to the poularity of The Maroon Bell area - to "beat the crowds," we will arrive early in the morning on a weekday.)

Best Time to Visit - Mid-Summer and Fall are the most scenic times to visit. From late July into August the wildflowers are at their peak. With regards to the autumn aspen colors, the colors are at their peak in late September. I will repost this hike in the Fall for the Fall colors.) It is recommended visiting on a weekday to avoid the crowds at Maroon Lake.

Aspen Chamber of Commerce (

Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness (


• sturdy hiking boots/shoes

• dress in layers (rain gear)

• light lunch and high energy snacks

• plenty of water

• camera (and tripod)

• sunscreen

• hiking poles

Donna King - (973) 449-0107


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