|Hike Name:||White River National Forest - Buckskin Pass|
|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 Type:||One-Way, Shuttle Hike|
|Hike Starts:||Maroon Lake|
|Hike Ends:||Snowmass Creek|
|Trails Used:||Maroon-Snowmass Trail|
|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
|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.|