East Maroon

Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness Area, Colorado

Elevation Gain4,242ft
Trailhead Elevation9,076ft
Elevation Min/Max9066/11821ft
Elevation Start/End9076/9076ft

East Maroon

East Maroon is a hiking and horse trail in Pitkin County, Colorado. It is within Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness Area. It is 8.8 miles long and begins at 9,076 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 17.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,242 feet. The East Maroon Pass saddle can be seen along the trail. There are also waters along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Maroon Creek.

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The East Maroon Creek trail is a spectacularly beautiful hike up the East Maroon Creek valley to East Maroon Pass. We took the trail in early July. Abundant wildflowers, a black bear, raging creeks and considerable snow wereallencountered on the trail this trip. From the East Maroon Portal parking lot on Maroon Creek Road, cross the creek via bridge where you will follow lower avalanche fields/meadows and mature aspen forests with beautiful wildflowers. We encountered a bear on this stretch, so be mindful of creatures. At mile 6.1, the trail crosses E. Maroon Creek and for 1/2 mile follows the west bank before crossing back to the east bank. The creeks were inpassible when we went because of the abundant snowmelt during so we avoided the crossings by climbing above the tributary canyon, crossing and returning to the main creek at the valley floor. Continue through pine forests to the alpine basin near the headwaters of E. Maroon Creek, which you will cross for a final time. Bear southwest towards E. Maroon Pass in a high alpine basin, which is beautiful. Follow the trail up a ridge to the gentle pass. Turnaround and head back or descend to Copper Lake and the Copper Creek basin for a 5.5 mile hike to the town of Gothic, outside of Crested Butte.

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Trail Information

Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness Area
Aspen District, White River National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Maroon Bells, Gothic
Local Maps

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Dec 2018