Electric Pass

Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness Area, Colorado

Elevation Gain1,867ft
Trailhead Elevation11,779ft
Elevation Min/Max11779/13499ft
Elevation Start/End11779/11779ft

Electric Pass

Electric Pass is a hiking and horse trail in Pitkin County, Colorado. It is within Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness Area. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 11,779 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,867 feet. This trail connects with the following: Cathedral Lake Trail.

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Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails (Rincon Publishing)
David Day
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"This hike is most notable for the panoramas that can be seen from the summit of Colorado’s highest named mountain pass. No fewer than five of the state's 14,000-foot peaks can be seen from the 13,500-foot vantage point. The area is also home to a fair number of mountain goats, and when I did this hike in the summer of 2002 there were Cathedral Peak through a shimmering forest of quaking aspen, paralleling Castle Creek Road for the first ten minutes until it reaches Pine Creek. It then bends to the right and follows the creek upward in a westward direction for the next 1.1 miles. The steep terrain prevents the trail from approaching the stream too closely, but the sounds of the rushing water are never far away. Over the next mile the trail gains 1,000 feet of elevation as it struggles to stay above the cascading creek."
100 Classic Hikes in Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Scott S. Warren
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"Accessing the summits of the Maroon Bells, Snowmass Mountain, and other lofty peaks in the Elk Mountains would be the subject of another book entirely, but it is possible to hike established trails to a variety of vantage points that put you on virtually the same level as nearby 13,000- and 14,000-foot summits. One such vantage point is 13,500-foot Electric Pass, considered Colorado’s highest trail-accessible pass."

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Details and pics: http://tlmathews.com/blog/2007/08/01/cathedral-lakeelectric-pass/. Stunning scenery and an overall great hike. If you want to get pictures of Cathedral Lake without a bunch of people around, I would suggest hitting the trail at or before sunrise.

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Trail Information

Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness Area
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Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness Area
White River National Forest; Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
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