Hiking The Maroon Bells Loop

The 9th most popular hiking trail in Colorado.

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Southwest of Aspen, the 29 mile Maroon Bells Loop is a challenging hiking trek mainly above 11,000 feet crossing four alpine passes above 12,000. This 4-5 day route is best traversed clockwise and starts from Maroon Lake. These Elk Mountains have seen a resurgence of the protected Lynx.

There are two primary access points. In the east, the trailhead is at Maroon Lake, known as West Maroon Pass Trailhead. The trailhead is at the end of CR13. In the west, the trailhead is at West Maroon Trailhead off CR317 on the north side of Schofield Pass. A permit is required for overnight backpacking and all backpackers must have a bearproof container with them.

Overall, Maroon Bells Loop is the 9th most popular hiking trail of all 66 hikes in Colorado. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Maroon Bells Loop including Independence Pass Trail, East Maroon Creek Trail, Conundrum Creek Trail and 10th Mountain Huts - West.


Local Contact(s):  White River National Forest (303) 945-2521; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; Aspen Central Reservations (800) 262-7736; Pomeroy Sports (970) 927-3720; High Mountain Taxi (970) 925-8294

Recommended Book:  "100 Classic Hikes Colorado" from Scott Warren

Best Season:  August

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Mountain Chalet (970) 925-7797; Hotel Aspen (970) 925-3441

Luxury Loding:  Limelight Hotel, Aspen; Sky Hotel, Aspen; St. Regis, Aspen; Hotel Jerome, Aspen

Breakfast Restaurant:  Cafe Ink, Aspen; Victorias Espresso

Reference Source:  click here https://www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver

Article Source:   Hiking The Maroon Bells Loop https://www.trailsource.com/?type=HIKE&id=11574

GPS:  39.0985, -106.9661

Date Published:  1/1/2016

Date Updated:  10/11/2018

ID:  11574

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