White River National Forest - Buckskin Pass - Member Hike

Hike Name: White River National Forest - Buckskin Pass
Country: United States
State: Colorado
Nearby Town: Aspen
Rating: 5 stars
Directions: Maroon Lake - Drive 1/2 of a mile west of Aspen on Highway 82 and turn left at the light onto Maroon Creek Road. Drive 9 1/2 miles on Maroon Creek Road to the Day Use parking area at Maroon Lake. From mid-June through September, the Maroon Creek Road beyond the T-Lazy Seven Ranch is closed from 8:30am-5pm. You will need to take a shuttle. Ask the Forest Service for a bus schedule.

Snowmass Creek- We caught a hitch from this trailhead (although there is very little traffic on this road and we were lucky.) I do not know directions to this trailhead.
Total Hike Distance: 15.80 miles
Hike Difficulty: Difficult
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: One-Way, Shuttle Hike
Hike Starts: Maroon Lake
Hike Ends: Snowmass Creek
Trails Used: Maroon-Snowmass Trail
Backcountry Campsites: Yes
Backcountry Water Sources: Streams, Rivers, Lakes
Management: U.S. Forest Service
Contact Information: White River National Forest
Aspen Ranger District
806 W. Hallam
Aspen, Colorado 81611
Best Season: Summer
Users: Hikers, Dogs
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads, Maintained Gravel or Dirt Roads
Hike Summary: We initially planned a 28 mile loop hike through the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, but changed our mind due to the numerous 3000' climbs. The Ox and I ended up hiking from Maroon Lake to the Maroon-Snowmass trailhead near Snowmass Creek, a one-way shuttle hike that required a hitch at the end. Nonetheless, the views from Buckskin Pass and at Maroon and Snowmass Lakes were spectacular, and the fishing at Snowmass Lake was decent.


The Ox

5,750 points


Trip Reports

  Date Rating Duration Hiker
White River National Forest - Buckskin Pass - July 22, 1998 July 22, 1998 5 stars 3 days The Ox


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