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“The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of Music”
Review of Buckskin Pass

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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184 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of Music”
Reviewed 14 March 2013

Take a 2-3 day packtrip over Buckskin pass to Maroon Lake, and you'l be looking for Julie Andrews singing in the meadows!

Visited March 2013
1 Thank james f
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Atlanta, GA
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69 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great hike and better views”
Reviewed 16 November 2012

When you arrive at Maroon Bells, you start the trail on the right side of the lake and go through some beautiful Aspen groves. Then as you hike to the right, you start to go through more evergreens and will see some stunning views of the Bells. You will actually end up above them by the time you get to the top of the pass. Plan on spending 6-7 hours if you want to hike to the top and back. When you get near the top, there are a number of lung crushing switchbacks (especially for us not use to the altitude)...but the view at the top makes it all worthwhile.

Visited June 2012
7 Thank aujmk
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Denver, Colorado
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99 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Great Bookend Hike”
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.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank thunderable
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San Diego, California
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174 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Great hike just outside of Aspen”
Reviewed 9 July 2012

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

Visited July 2012
1 Thank Lauren H
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Aspen, Colorado
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160 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“One of my favorite hikes in the valley.”
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.

Visited August 2011
4 Thank Stacey S
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