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Buckskin Pass in the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness

Snowmass to East Snowmass Creek Loop

The Maroon Bells – Snowmass wilderness is one of the crown jewels of the United States wilderness system. Beautiful rocky mountain scenery consisting of the iconic bell shaped peaks of the Maroon Bells, enchanting aspen forests, soaring lofty peaks, and wildflower meadow lands charm landscape photographers and tourists alike. But finding solitude in the busy Maroon Bells – Snowmass wilderness can be a challenge.

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Pyramid Peak from Minnehaha Gulch, Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness

Backpacking the Maroon Bells 4 Pass Loop

If you’ve decided to backpack the Maroon Bells 4 Pass Loop, then you’ve made a good choice. The Maroon Bells area is one of the most scenic portions of Colorado. Sure, there are other parts of Colorado that are more remote, and perhaps just as inspiring. But there is something about the red and crimson hued peaks contrasting with the verdant greens of the meadows below that has a unique appeal to me. It’s a magical place like nowhere else on earth.

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Never Summer wilderness sunset

Mountain Weather Forecasts for Hikers

Increasing clouds and chance of heavy rain in the afternoon. These are the foreboding words a backpacker does not want to hear but that are often forecasted for Colorado’s mountains in late summer. The weather phenomenon is known as the North American monsoon, and it affects the Colorado Rocky Mountains with afternoon thunderstorms and dangerous lightning. So just how does one plan a trip with such unpredictable weather?

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Missouri Lake

Missouri Lakes / Fancy Pass Loop

A pleasant hike to the beautiful (and popular) Missouri Lakes in the Holy Cross wilderness, this easy 2 day backpacking trip (or single-day in-and-out hike) will whet your appetite for a longer wilderness trek with several tranquil lakes and high altitude alpine scenery.

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