(970) 925-5277?Fax. Aspen Ranger District The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. This trail is less popular than the Maroon-Snowmass Trail. ~2500 elevation over 8 miles in so steady with max effort over last mile with reward of awesome waterfall and spectacular lake. Once on East Snowmass Pass, the descent to Willow Lake is … PERMIT INFORMATION: In order to provide quality recreation experiences and to protect the continues through spruce, aspen and pine forests for approximately 3 miles. The camping is limited due to the steep terrain. 12, 700. Hiked 7/12/20 to Snowmass Lake and back so ~17m round trip. We’ll be coming back to do it again when the snow has melted. Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO. The trail continues through spruce, aspen and pine forests for approximately 3 miles. There are some steeper sections that require caution. Since we did the short hike in to the first campground, our second day was short and we got to Snowmass Lake early, with time to find a decent spot. Ending Elevation: 12,680 feet (3865 m). Take the left fork, the trailhead will be just beyond the wooden bridge, on the left side of the road (The Maroon-Snowmass Trail is at the end of the gravel road). I will start by saying this is an INCORRECT TRAIL MAP! There are some steeper sections that require caution. * Limit group sizes to 10 people and 15 stock/pack animals. White River National Forest – East Snowmass Trail #1977 to Willow Lake (Hiking). Probably too much. Wake up early for a nice photo reflection of the lake and mountains. Willow Lake Trail #1978 is a difficult trail that you can hike, run, and horseback ride that is dog friendly. Take bear canister and ursack. The trail If it’s a clear night at Willow Lake, I recommend sleeping with the rain fly off your tent to get a great view of the stars all night! There are great descriptions about what the actual trail looks like in the comments below. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and snowshoeing and is best used from May until September. It follows the Maroon Snowmass Trail with iconic backdrops to the meadows under Buckskin Pass, where the Willow Lake Trail splits for Willow Pass and an airy descent to the lake. DAY/BACKPACKING OVERVIEW: This trail is good for hiking, backpacking and horseback travel. wilderness lands the Forest Service must gather data regarding visitor use and travel patterns. White River National Forest – East Snowmass Trail #1977 to Willow Lake (Hiking), By using this site you agree to the terms of our. Thank you for the review! Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. NARRATIVE: The trail begins ascending steeply and forks to the right in about one mile. Not overcrowded and courteous folks on trail. All Rights Reserved. There are some steeper sections that require caution. First 5 miles not so bad, until you hit the snow. Maroon Snowmass Trail to Willow Lake Trail to East Maroon Trail Loop is a 38.0 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Snowmass Village, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. I will start by saying the trail map and coordinates are NOT for this trail. We hiked 3.5 miles out and then back. The first mile climbs steadily up the mountain through various switchbacks. It has very steep sections and may contain snowfields until late July. DO NOT FOLLOW the GPS coordinates for this trail. The road descends steeply to the valley bottom where the road forks. Blog | Twitter! 806 W. Hallam Once we made it to the clearing and over the water, the hardest of the hike was ahead of us. We had the first campground completely to ourselves, and we were joined only by a few other groups at Willow lake (third campground, which also had a lot more sites than the first). More information about East Snowmass Trail can be found at: Wild flowers were beautiful and there is a massive avalanche debris field at mile 2 that is larger than any I have ever seen. Views are great and walking through an old avalanche field is pretty cool. Willow valley and basin is gorgeous. The last mile meanders through rolling tundra to Willow Lake. Tricky creek crossing on logs at mile 6 or so with plenty of sticks to use as poles for balance. With that said, the Snowmass trail is a great hike that is an out and back or two day loop hike. I went out 3.5 miles before realizing I was on a path different to the one shown in the trail map. Travel 1 mile up the road toward Krabloonik Restaurant & Dog Sledding. Beginning Elevation: 8,360 feet (2548 m) Divide Road turns into a gravel road and passes Krabloonik Restaurant & Kennels, then descends steeply to the valley bottom where the road forks. East Snowmass Trail - 14.1 Miles Round-Trip East Snowmass Trail runs 7.05 miles south from the backside of Snowmass Ski Area to a 12,684' pass separating the East Snowmass Creek drainage and Willow Lake basin. Length: 8.5 miles one-way (13.7 km) The Maroon-Snowmass Trail to Snowmass Lake is at the end of the gravel road. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Continue Take the left fork, the trailhead will be just beyond the wooden bridge, on the left side of the road. This segment is not connected to most other backpacking routes in the area, and sees lighter traffic. It continues approximately 1 mile and 680' down to the Willow Lake Trail, which rolls .7 miles across open alpine meadows to the lake (11,795'). However, we were very grateful to have done this loop and NOT Four Pass during such a busy week in the summer (peak wildflower season). Drive 6 miles west of Aspen on Highway 82 and turn left onto Brush Creek Road. Carried 1.5 liters water and 25oz reserve that 20 somethings needed. This was a great end of summer backpacking trip. Beautiful loop to do at the beginning of August during peak wildflower season. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Difficulty: Difficult Home | About Us | Contact Us | Terms and Conditions | Privacy Statement | Oh, Ranger! Use 1 or all 4 drop downs to customize your search for the right trail. Ton of Camping. It then breaks out into a meadow before continuing a moderately steep climb. Can be very crowded during peak season. Snowmass Lake and Mountain via Maroon Snowmass Trail, Village Bound, Sleigh Ride, and Nature Trail Loop, Snowmass Green Loop: Lowline and Highline Trails, Snowmass Red Loop: Brush Creek and Rim Trail North, Ditch Trail, Government Trail, and Campground Connector, Tom Blake, Sequel, Government and Anaerobic Nightmare Trail Loop, Highline, Viewline, Deadline, and Lowline Trails Loop, Maroon Snowmass Trail to Willow Lake Trail to East Maroon Trail Loop. Find a park. A lot of downhill and blow downs. Maroon Snowmass Trail to Willow Lake Trail to East Maroon Trail Loop is a 23.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Snowmass Village, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. It then breaks out into a meadow before continuing a moderately steep climb. Great trail. Use the drop downs to find the perfect park. Maroon-Snowmass Trail to Willow Lake is a 11.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. We only camped one night and did the rest on the second day. The road then, Divide Way, turns left and heads down the Snowmass Ski Area for 1.4 miles. Head straight, past the intersection with Snowmass Creek Road, for a short ways and the trailhead is on the left. Glad we downloaded the map from AllTrails or I’m not sure we would have made it. Needed snowshoes the last two miles In not so great snow. Second camp site is shared with Four Pass Loop - so try to get there by noon to find a campsite. Trail Use: Low Instead follow the "getting there" directions - this leads you right to the correct trail head. Coming back down east Snowmass was tough. It then breaks out into a meadow before continuing a moderately steep climb. Each party overnighting in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness is required to self-register at the Trailhead and to carry a copy of the registration with them during their visit. * SANITATION - bury human waste 100 feet from water and 6 inches in the soil. The trail is not marked to Willow Lake, a series of other marked trails need to be taken to find your way. Camped up at Snowmass lake and came down this morning. © 2008 - 2013 APN Media, LLC. Find a trail. Highly recommended if you cannot get parking permits or bus passes for four pass loop. Easy hike but has nice views of the river. Highlights were definitely the view of the Bells from Willow Pass and the view from Trail Rider at sunset. Buckskin, Willow and a Pass with no name but is the highest. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. We camped there. Amazing trail. We did four pass loop the weekend before and the Willow Lake and Pass section has far less people. * DOGS MUST BE LEASHED out of consideration for both other people and wildlife. There were no tracks for us to follow and we ended up off trail quite a bit.