There are several off trail sections on this route with can still be covered in snow early in the season. In that case an ice axe and crampons can be useful. In July 2018 we did not need any of this, but every year is different.
Beware of thunderstorms in the afternoon, leave early!
Tips and hintsNo reservations of campsites is needed, however you do have to fill in your own permit with planned camping locations at the Maroon Snowmass Trailhead (there is a ranger office but you also find a sort of letterbox at the start of the trail).
- You can take the bus to Maroon Snowmass Trailhead from Aspen Bus Station (you just have to change of bus at 'Highlands').
- At the end of our route we hitchhiked back to Aspen. If you left your car at the startpoint, you will have to skip the last section of our hike.
ParkingMaroon Snowmass Trailhead
Author’s map recommendations
- Normal hiking equipment is necessary.
- As you have to camping out (no huts in het mountains) you will need that gear too. There are not so much mosquitoes in Colorado, however there are some so I recommend for sleeping an inner for the tarp/tent.
- A hard sided bear canister (e.g. Bearvault BV500) is compulsary.