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    • Aspen, Colorado

      Ski or Snowboard the Burnt Mountain Glades of Snowmass

      5.0
      3.5 mi
      This is part of the Aspen Snowmass Ski area so you'll have to buy a ski pass to take the lift up, or if you're up for a bigger workout, put some skins on and trek up to the top of Elk Camp. The easiest way to get there is to take the Elk Camp gondola to the Elk Camp lift. Once at the top of the l...
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    • Aspen, Colorado

      Ski the Rocky Mountain High Trail at Snowmass

      This is part of the Aspen Snowmass ski area so you'll have to buy a ski pass to take the lift up. The easiest way to get there is to take the Village Express lift to the top and once you get off turn left. You'll ski down the "blue" trail, Max Park, to Trestle and end at the Sheer Bliss lift. Tak...
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    • Aspen, Colorado

      Downhill Mountain Bike the Verde and Viking Trails at Aspen Snowmass

      3.8 mi / 1900 ft gain
      The Verde and Viking trails at Aspen Snowmass resort are long winding trails perfect for beginners and intermediates. The trails are a combination of open and forest-lined paths varying from 1 to 6 feet wide. They both do a nice job of combining large wide turns where you can keep your speed to e...
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    • Aspen, Colorado

      Explore the Maroon Bells & Snowmass Wilderness

      5.0
      The beautiful and iconic Maroon Bells-Snowmass wilderness is home to some of the most amazing scenery and adventures to be had in all of Colorado. It is world-famous for the Maroon Bells, two challenging 14ers just outside of Aspen, Colorado. The third 14er, Pyramid Peak is also considered a clas...
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    • Aspen, Colorado

      Relax at Maroon Lake

      4.9
      The Maroon Bells are known around the world for being some of the most iconic, beautiful mountains in all of the United States. Even if you haven't heard of them, there's a chance you've seen them. And if you've seen them in person, it's likely you were there with 800+ of your closest friends.If ...
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    • Aspen, Colorado

      Car Camp at Maroon Lake

      5.0
      0.3 mi / 0 ft gain
      Maybe you've seen the photos a million times before - it's for good reason. Maroon Bells is just stunning. Watching the first rays of sunlight scratch the very top of Maroon Bells and slowly crawl their way down the massive slabs of granite is simply a must for the checklist. Taking in the sunris...
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    • Aspen, Colorado

      North Maroon Peak

      8.08 mi / 4298 ft gain
      Start your hike at the parking lot/trailhead at the end of Maroon Creek Rd. Keep in mind that the road is closed from about 9am-8pm to traffic and is only accessible by shuttle bus during that time. You'll be wanting to get a very early start anyways, so it shouldn't be an issue. Your path begin...
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    • Aspen, Colorado

      Run the 4-Pass Loop in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness

      27.1 mi / 8000 ft gain
      *The 4-Pass Loop likely won't be doable until July due to the heavy snowpack this year and wet slide danger on the steep pass approaches.Taking on the 4-pass Loop is no easy feat but completely worth the training and effort. The run starts at Maroon Lake and heads up to Crater Lake where the loo...
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    • Aspen, Colorado

      Backpack to Snowmass Creek in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness

      13 mi
      For beginner backpackers or just those who can't take off 3-4 days to do the Four Pass Loop, there's still options near the iconic Maroon Bells.  If you are planning to do an overnight at the Bells, you need to get there early or late - before 7:30 am or after 5 pm. The overnight lot fills quickl...
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    • Aspen, Colorado

      The Maroon Bells Traverse

      14 mi / 5000 ft gain
      I do not want to encourage those who are not capable mentally or physically to go on this hike, that is how accidents happen. Confidence is a must. This route is loose, long, chossy and complicated. The exposure and shear milage covered make for a heck of a day! That being said, I suggest you do ...
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    • Aspen, Colorado

      Crater Lake via Maroon-Snowmass Trail

      4.6
      3.77 mi / 722 ft gain
      The crater lake trail begins at Maroon Lake and quickly breaks off from the scenic trail at .3 miles. Be sure to follow the signs to crater lake, which will be heading higher into the valley. The trail passes through a beautiful Aspen grove most of the way with wonderful views of 14ers, the Maroo...
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    • Pitkin County, Colorado

      Four Pass Loop in the Maroon Bells

      4.8
      25.99 mi / 7566 ft gain
      Updates will be posted here.  The Four Pass Loop begins at Maroon Lake, famous for its iconic view of the Maroon Bells (Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak), deemed the “most-photographed spot in Colorado.” After taking in this majestic view, continue to walk down the Maroon Lake Scenic Trail unti...
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    • Aspen, Colorado

      Backpack Cathedral Lake

      4.7
      5.6 mi / 2000 ft gain
      Cathedral Lake offers an excellent alternative to escape the crowds that swarm the Maroon Bells area, especially in the peak autumn season. The drive along Castle Creek Rd towards the abandoned ski town Ashcroft is lined with aspens showing off their golden hues. Parking at the trailhead is plent...
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    • Aspen, Colorado

      Hike to Spiral Point (Yin Yang), Snowmass

      5.0
      1.3 mi / 284 ft gain
      Snowmass Village is located 15 - 20 minutes west of Aspen Colorado off state highway 82. Once in Snowmass Village, take Brush Creek road almost to the top of the hill until the road splits with Divide road (If you have made it to the Snowmass Village mall, you have missed the road and must turn b...
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    • Aspen, Colorado

      Castle Peak and Conundrum Peak

      5.0
      12.71 mi / 5125 ft gain
      There are many different places to start the trek up to Castle and Conundrum. The first step, however, is always go to the end of Castle Creek Road just outside of Aspen, CO. When the paved road ends, there is parking available right off the road for those who don't wish to drive further. Howe...
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    • Aspen, Colorado

      Explore Independence Ghost Town

      4.3
      Back in the late 1800s, Ashcroft, Aspen, and Independence were booming mining town. While Aspen is still thriving today, Ashcroft and Independence are ghost towns. Independence Ghost Town is on Independence Pass, 16 miles east of Aspen on Highway 82.The Farwell Mill sits right along the highway....
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