The Maroon Bells in Aspen Colorado are simply stunning! The surrounding area offers great hiking trails of various lengths for day hikes and overnight backpacking trips. The landscape is so beautiful, and the hikes are steep and demanding, but the views are very rewarding. The Maroon Bells are two fourteeners surrounded by multiple peaks.
We decided to hike up to Crater Lake, from there we hiked further up towards Buckskin Pass and back down to Crater Lake where we camped out for the first night. The second day we hiked over West Maroon Pass to Crested Butte and from there we returned back to Aspen.
The Maroon Bells are world famous and one of the most photographed peaks in North America. Due to the high tourist traffic, accessibility by private car is restricted to certain times only, and shuttle buses are available for easy access to Maroon Lake. If you plan to go backpacking you need to register for a free permit at Maroon Lake. Bear canisters are mandatory for the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness for overnight backpackers. Popular overnight trips are: Aspen to Crested Butte via West Maroon Pass and the famous Four Pass Loop.
Our Gear used during this Backpacking Trip:
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