Bradley's View

Bradley's View

Monday, October 8, 2012

Maroon Bells Four Passes Loop

      I find any effort at attributing words to this experience and wilderness futile.  So often that is the case that nearly every time I sit at my computer to begin reflection on an outing, I am reminded of this human conundrum: the inability to condense emotion, experience, and passion into the confines of our limited means of expression.      

      If you only find occasion to hike/run/backpack/GoogleEarth one loop in your entire life, please, please, please, make it this one!  

      Enough words- enjoy the pictures.  I think if you click on them you can look at it in a slideshow kinda format, they also become bigger and prettier.

Scott, me, and Sandi at Maroon Lake before the start

Winding our way up to Buckskin Pass  (Pass #1)


Looking back from whence we came on Buckskin Pass.

Looking towards the next pass and Snowmass Mountain

Scott soaking up the view

En route to Snowmass Lake

Snowmass Peak towering over Snowmass Lake

Snowmass Peak and Trail Rider Pass (Pass #2)

Heading to Trail Rider Pass

Beautiful trail descending into the basin.

The crew on top of Trail Rider Pass

Conditions couldn't have been much better

"Only 4 passes", I thought.  I never wanted it to end!

Descending into what we dubbed "forever basin"

Doesn't do it justice.


Looking down "forever basin"

Scott cresting the aptly-named Frigid Air Pass

Sandi following suit.

The trio on the third pass



Our final non-techy descent on the day, Scott relishing in it.

Beginning the climb up West Maroon Pass (Pass #4)


Scott and Sandi on the final climb of the day

Climbing done- long descent to follow

The sun slipping behind the bells at Crater Lake, ~1.5 miles from the finish

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