This is an all-time classic must do hike from one iconic Central Rockies Mountain town to another
This is an all-time classic must do hike from one iconic Central Rockies Mountain town to another. This scenic mountain trek from Aspen to Crested Butte begins at the entrance to the Maroon Bells Wilderness – some of the most beautiful and extensively photographed peaks in North America.
You’ll travel up the West Maroon Valley past Maroon Lake & Crater Lake. As the trail meanders through a variety of terrain from Aspen & Pine tree forests to wildflower fields, you’ll enjoy stunning views of North and South Maroon Bells as well as Pyramid Peak! Approximately 4-5 hours into the hike, you’ll ascend a fairly strenuous and exposed stretch of trail to cross West Maroon Pass (12,490 ft.) into the Schofield basin. Renowned for its fields of beautiful wildflowers, you’ll meander through the high alpine fields that gradually bring you down to the Crested Butte side, where you will be met by a shuttle service.
Return to Aspen that same day after a quick food/drink stop in historic and idyllic Crested Butte or stay the night and take a private shuttle back the next day, or better yet opt for a two-day hiking/camping loop back to Aspen!We use Dolly’s Mountain Shuttle to get clients and guides back to Aspen. It is about a 2.5 hour shuttle drive from Crested Butte to Aspen over scenic Kebler Pass. If you have your own car in CB or Aspen, Maroon Bells Shuttles can move your car for you to either town.
Maximum Guide Ratio
- AE trained/certified guide
- Hiking poles & day packs
- Lunch/snack food & water
- Guide gratuity
Your guide will contact you the day before at the phone number you give us to discuss an appropriate plan for you and to confirm a meeting place and start time. You will go over necessary gear to pack and meal planning.
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