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“Incredible Views”
Review of Buckskin Pass

Reviewed 24 July 2014

Did this hike on a weekday in July, just went up to the pass and back. Was fantastic that it wasn't crowded at all and we didn't encounter too many hikers until we got back down towards Crater Lake again (then the masses appeared). Not a technical hike at all and very easy to see and stay on the trail. Last half mile was incredibly steep and tiring, but absolutely worth it. Also, the scattered people (about 10) we say coming down as we were going up were very encouraging. Windy at the top as typical of other peaks. Pack a lunch and lots of water.

3  Thank coopsafruitloops
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

The hike, which winds it's way under North Maroon Peak, through evergreen forests, and around alpine meadows, is great. But the view from Buckskin Pass over into the Snowmass Lake area will have you dreaming of your very own secluded log cabin in the woods. Plus there may be mountain goats!

3  Thank JohnThomasYoung
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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!

1  Thank james f
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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.

7  Thank aujmk
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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.

1  Thank thunderable
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