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The Four Pass Loop
What I wish to do in this page is simply bring the reader on a picture tour of the Four Pass Loop, as completed by my wife and I last summer. We hiked it clockwise, which is opposite to how most people do it, but to us it seemed the sensible way to complete the trek. Please enjoy!
The trip got out to a rocky start...
Here we are, ready to head into the unknown... After hiking in to Crater Lake in an unforeseen downpour, we were forced to pitch our tent in the semi-dark and wait out several thunderstorms overnight...welcome to Colorado!
But the next morning showed promise!
Sunny morning the next day! Heading up the valley towards the first pass: West Maroon Pass
The view of those beautiful Bells from below Approaching West Maroon Pass from below.
Looking north from atop the pass. The red rock is beautiful! Victory #1
Once we got through the first pass, rain started to rear its ugly head...
Looking down between West Maroon and Frigid Air passes Between passes...rain's a'comin!
These two shots show how fast the clouds were moving over the mountains. No rain/lightning/thunder/wind but still scary and dark!
Near the top of the pass it started sprinkling The top of Frigid Air Pass.
Victory #2 Some flowers atop a rock. From here we descended and found a soggy campsite...
We scrambled down from the pass and found a campsite as quickly as we could, above a large waterfall.
The next morning was beautiful, and we headed for Trail Rider Pass.
The next morning (thank God) was beautiful An apparently unnamed waterfall that we camped about 1/4 mile above.
A nice view of the valley we were ascending to the pass The trails in this area are slightly confusing, and this sign was a pleasant reminder.
Finally, after a long morning of climbing, we got a glimpse of the pass I have to admit: this climb almost did us in!
Looking south from the top of Trail Rider Pass Snowmass Lake from the pass, our intended campsite for the night
The upper reaches of the Snowmass basin. Victory #3
From there, we descended to our beautiful campsite for the night on the shores of Snowmass Lake
Snowmass Mountain + Lake Taken from near our campsite. Beautiful!
Day IV and Victory
The next morning, we decided to wake up early and hit the trail by 6am. We were treated with an amazing sunrise over the lake/peaks...
From there, we climbed to our final pass: Buckskin Pass
Climbing to the pass, looking back to Snowmass Mountain
Victory #4!!! Victory #4 part II
The Bells from the Pass Pyramid Peak from the Pass
The way down, back to the trailhead. The pass itself was actually blocked with a huge cornice.
Buckskin Benchmark from the pass...
Looking back up towards the pass
Please feel free to see my album
of far more photos from our epic trip, as well as a more general trip report
of the trip as a whole.
Thanks for stopping by!