Wilderness Volunteers: 2017 Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, White River National Forest (Colorado) Service Trip
The world-famous and spectacular Maroon Bells-Snowmass area truly exemplifies Rocky Mountain splendor and is Colorado's fourth largest wilderness. The Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness was established with the original 1964 Wilderness Act and total size now is approximately 183,500 acres. Featuring 100 miles of trails that lead over nine passes above 12,000 feet, vast regions lie above the tree line and long glacial valleys with roaring rivers point the way to sparkling alpine lakes. The awesome, jagged symmetry of the Maroon Bells peaks reflected in Maroon Lake is perhaps Colorado's most iconic mountain scene. Midsummer wildflowers consume the hill slopes, supplementing additional vibrancy to this remote and isolated mountain landscape. Elk, deer and an abundance of wildlife are found throughout the area. The variety of terrain encompasses scenic forests, summer wildflowers, challenging river crossings, and spectacular views of the numerous peaks of the Elk Mountain Range.
This project assisted the White River National Forest in trail maintenance and erosion control in this beautiful region. This area's vast trail network provides hikers access to the high ridgelines and peaks that dominate the landscape. We worked on the West Maroon Trail which is a frequented hiker trail between the mountain towns of Aspen and Crested Butte. We set up basecamp at a large dispersed campsite after a two-mile backpack from the East Fork of West Maroon trailhead.
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2017 Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness