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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