Trip Reports: Maroon Bells Four Pass Loop, Colorado - July 2011
In late July we spent 6 days backpacking around the famous Maroon Bells in the Elk Mountains of Colorado. The photos pretty much tell the story so I won’t say too much else except that it was another great trek in Colorado!
Crater Lake Reflection
The Maroon Bells reflect in Crater Lake at dawn.
Endless green in Purity Basin, as seen from West Maroon Pass - July.
Hikers descend into Fravert Basin from Frigid Air Pass, with the Maroon Bells dominating the scene.
The Maroon Bells reflect in a partly snowed-in tarn high in Fravert Basin, with gloomy, stormy evening weather.
Geneva Lake Sunset
A sunset spotlight on Snowmass Mountain, reflected in Geneva Lake.
Unsettled monsoon weather over Lead King.
Storm clouds lift off the Maroon Bells, above Fravert Basin.
Hiking towards Snowmass Lake, from Trail Rider Pass.
Snowmass Lake Vista
An overview of the windex-colored Snowmass Lake.
Snowmass Lake Alpenglow Reflection
Brilliant alpenglow on Snowmass Peak and Snowmass Mountain (14,092 ft.), reflected in Snowmass Lake.
Snowmass Lake Reflection Panorama
Early morning shadows play on Snowmass Peak, reflected in Snowmass Lake.
Claudia scrambles up the southern ridge of Snowmass Mountain, on the way to the 14,092 ft. summit.
Anonymous climbers arrive at the 14,092 ft. summit of Snowmass Mountain after climbing up the west ridge.
Panoramic view from the summit of Snowmass Mountain (14,092 ft.). In the left distance are the Maroon Bells; in the center distance is Treasure Mountain.
Hiking up Buckskin Pass, with Snowmass Mountain behind.
Blood red Indian Paintbrush wildflowers on Buckskin Pass, with North Maroon Peak (14,014 ft.) behind.