The Four Pass Loop with Snowmass MountainIn August 2010 we did a seven day backpack trip in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. We did what is known as the "Four Pass Loop" but we added two nights at Geneva Lake and then climbed Snowmass Mountain (14,092'). This album is a collection of pictures from that trip with a small amount of description. Please feel free to vote or comment on this page or any of the pictures.
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Day 1: Maroon Creek approach
We decided to do a lengthy approach to Snowmass Mountain by starting at Maroon Lake and crossing over Maroon, Frigid Air, and Trail Rider Passes. We camped the first night about five miles up Maroon Creek at the base of Maroon Peak.
Day 2: Maroon and Frigid Air Pass
The second day we crossed over Maroon Pass and Frigid Air Pass, giving us a 180 degree view of the Maroon Bells and our first glimpse of Snowmass Mountain.
Day 3: Geneva Lake
We laid over at Geneva Lake at the foot of Snowmass Mountain's west face. That night we experienced one of the worst thunderstorms I have ever encountered in the backcountry.
Day 4: Layover at Geneva Lake
The day after the storm we enjoyed the beautiful scene at Geneva Lake trying to calm our nerves that had been rattled by the apocalyptic storm.
Day 5: Trail Rider Pass
With better weather the next day we hiked over Trail Rider Pass and established a new base camp on the mountain's other side.
Day 6: Climbing the Mountain at Last
We climbed Snowmass Mountain via the standard West Slopes route. Despite being loose and strenuous, the class 3 route was one of my favorites of a 23 fourteener summer.
Day 7: Last Morning and Hike Out
On day 7 we hiked out via Buckskin Pass. The Four Pass Loop is a beautiful adventure. Extending it as we did made for a beautiful Colorado backcountry experience.
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