Ski or Snowshoe to the Maroon Bells

T Lazy 7 Ranch, Aspen, Colorado, United States

  • Activities:

    Photography, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Winter

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    12 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1000 Feet

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Lake
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Wildlife

Make your way (Hike, Bike, Ski, Snowshoe, Splitboard, Snowmobile) to the one of North America's most iconic mountains, and enjoy the breathtaking view all to yourself. This scenic and moderate 12 mile out-and-back trail sees just about no tourists compared to the summer season when the road is open to cars. With a gentle slope, 14ers all around, nothing but the sound of nature, and an easy to follow groomed trail, this adventure is a must do!

From Aspen drive down Maroon Creek Road until it comes to its winter closure located by T Lazy 7 Ranch. The Ranch offers snowmobile tours and keeps the six mile snow covered road to the Bells groomed. Most popular with cross country skiers, the snow road can also be hiked, fat biked, and skinned. Dogs are allowed, and there is no fee.

Quite simply follow the well groomed snow road from where the road closure begins, until you reach the frozen Maroon Lake six miles later, sitting at the base of the Maroon Bells.

Pack List

  • Choice of transportation (Hiking boots, fat bike, skis, splitboard, snowmobile)
  • Food
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Warm clothes
  • Extra jacket
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take a day and cross country ski up. you wont regret it, unless somehow you can't appreciate nature and exercise...

9 months ago
9 months ago

This is a truly epic scenic area. However be very careful in the winter, generally this area is closed due to moose. They can be thick in here, and are probably the most dangerous alpine wildlife. They will attack more than lions and bears combined, so be very very careful if you choose to head up to Maroon Lake in the winter.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

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