Description: An ambitious backpacking trip located in the beautiful Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness that is routed over four mountain passes (West Maroon - 12,500 ft.; Frigid Air - 12,415 ft.;
Trail Rider - 12,420 ft.; Buckskin - 12,500 ft.); variety of terrain encompasses scenic forests, mid to late summer wildflowers, challenging river crossings, and provides spectacular views of the Maroon Bells and numerous other peaks of the Elk Mountain Range.
Directions: Drive 1/2 mile west of Aspen on Highway 82 to the Roundabout . Go around the Roundabout and
turn right onto Maroon Creek Road. Drive 9-1/2 miles on Maroon Creek Road to the overnight parking lot just below Maroon Lake. This is located on the left side of the road. Access to this lot after 8:30 AM requires a stop at the Forest Service Welcome Station on Maroon Creek Road for an overnight pass. If the lot is full you may drive
1/4 mile down the road to the West Maroon Portal parking lot.