Backpacking in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness

If you're going to hike 25+ miles over the course of two days, the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness is the place to do it. This beautiful slice of nature located outside of Aspen, CO is breathtaking this time of year: the snow has melted, leaving behind clear trails, swollen streams, and fields of wildflowers. We tackled one half of the popular Four Pass Loop Hike, starting at the Maroon Lake trailhead, climbing over West Maroon Pass and Frigid Air Pass, and camping in Fravert Basin. The hike itself was pretty grueling, especially when climbing the steep switchbacks up to the mountain passes but the magnificent scenery made it more than worth it. If you don't believe me, keep scrolling :-)

The hiking crew

Maroon Lake

Crater Lake

Crater Lake

Aspen-covered trails

View from Pass #1: West Maroon Pass

Waterfall near our campsite in Fravert Basin

View from Pass #2: Frigid Air Pass

'Twas a long hike back down

Happy adventuring!