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“Great Bookend Hike”
Review of Buckskin Pass

Reviewed 24 October 2012

Had this trail mostly to myself after passing Maroon and then Crater Lake. No water in Crater this time of year after a dry winter, but the views across Maroon to the Maroon Bells are world-class and inspiring start to the hike. The trail up to Buckskin is challenging, but not too hard or technical at all. The last 1/2 mi/500' are the hardest, but it's a steady climb most of the way. The trail got a little hard to find on the way back at one point, so luckily I had GPS and a map and compass. It's just about 5.1 mi each way according to my GPS with around 2,800' total roundtrip gain. The views from the pass are a spectacular sight to end the 'out' portion of this out-and-back hike (unless you continue on to Snowmass Lake), with Snowmass Mtn and Snowmass Lake in front, the Bells and the valley you come up behind, and Willow Pass to the east.

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Reviewed 9 July 2012

worth the trip past Highlands. Gorgeous views. go to the top and pack a lunch.

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Reviewed 30 April 2012

This hike starts out at the over populated Maroon Bells, once you get to the upper Crater lake turn, you go right instead of left. From there you climb a constant gradual path that passes mountain rivers, wild flowers and amazing views. Near the top are switch backs to get you to the top of the pass. Once there you are rewarded with looking to the distance over Snowmass Lake. You could continue and come out in Snowmass but that is an epic day. You can turn around and just call it a good hike. Another option is to be prepared for 3-4 nights out and camp at Snowmass lake then go over trailrider pass into a whole other valley, Fravert basin. Get a good map if you do that one. You can essentially circumnavigate the Maroon Bells.

4  Thank Stacey S
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

After climbing for 4.8 miles and gaining about 3000' you reach a breathtaking view from the pass (approx. 12,500') down to Snowmass Lake on the other side of the pass. Turn around here for a day hike, or keep going over 3 more passes on a multi-day trip which is a feast for the eyes.

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Reviewed 8 February 2012

Trekking up to Buckskin pass is no easy deal, but the views from up there are amazing. The entire journey, especially if you continue on to Snowmass Lake are stunning. You should be in good shape as the climb is a bit arduous, but if you are...do it.

5  Thank Peter_Plantec
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