Four Pass Loop Preview

Round-Trip Length:  26 miles

Trailhead Location:   Maroon Lake Trailhead – 6.5 miles west of Aspen, Colorado on Maroon Creek Road in the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness area.

In going through some photos of camping trips I took with my son’s Boy Scout troop, I came across pictures from a great backpacking trip we took a few years ago in the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness area of Colorado.  I picked out a few photos to post now as a preview.  When I have time, I plan to do a full trip report of that very memorable trip.

The 26-mile Four-Pass Loop begins at Maroon Lake and its postcard views of the Maroon Bells (the most-photographed peaks in North America, according to the U.S. Forest Service). From there, it spans vast wildflower meadows, tops four passes each higher than 12,400 feet (West Maroon Pass, Frigid Air Pass, Trail Rider Pass, and Buckskin Pass) and circumnavigates the iconic pyramidal peaks, all the while serving up staggeringly perfect alpine panoramas in the high Elk Range mountains.

The start of the loop at Maroon Lake and the iconic view of the Maroon Bells.

This is a shot taken in the early morning at a lake where we camped just below Frigid Air Pass.  The calm of the quiet morning provided an excellent reflection of the peaks and our tents in the lake.

These next two shots were taken near our campsite on the third night camping just below Trail Rider Pass.  A storm was passing through.  The sun peering through the storm clouds and shining on the surrounding landscape against the dark storm clouds provided for some great lighting and really brought out the greens and reds on the surrounding peaks and meadows.  Some of my favorite photos of this area!

This gives you a brief preview of the beauty of this area.  Full trip report with many more pictures to come later!

5 thoughts on “Four Pass Loop Preview

  1. I did a hike to Buckskin pass from Maroon Bells Trailhead a couple of years ago. It is so gorgeous! I happen to come across a big mountain goat on the pass which was a neat experience 🙂

    Beautiful shots!

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