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, Maroon Bells, Elk Mountains, Colorado, reflection, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Crater Lake Reflection

The Maroon Bells reflect in Crater Lake at dawn. 

Purity Basin, Elk Mountains, Colorado, West Maroon Pass, July, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Purity Basin

Endless green in Purity Basin, as seen from West Maroon Pass - July.

Purity Basin, sunflowers, Elk Mountains, Colorado, July, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Purity Basin Sunflowers

Sunflowers in Purity Basin.

Frigid Air Pass, Maroon Bells, Elk Mountains, Colorado, hikers, Fravert Basin, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Hikers descend into Fravert Basin from Frigid Air Pass, with the Maroon Bells dominating the scene.

Maroon Bells, Fravert Basin, Elk Mountains, Colorado, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Fravert Blues

The Maroon Bells reflect in a partly snowed-in tarn high in Fravert Basin, with gloomy, stormy evening weather. 

Columbine, Elk Mountains, Colorado, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Rainy Columbine

Columbine with a rain storm moving in behind.

Geneva Lake, Snowmass Mountain, sunset, reflection, Elk Mountains, Colorado, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Geneva Lake Sunset

A sunset spotlight on Snowmass Mountain, reflected in Geneva Lake. 

Lead King Basin, Elk Mountains, Colorado, stormy, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Lead King Storm

Stormy weather above Lead King Basin.

Colorado, Elk Mountains, photo

Unsettled monsoon weather over Lead King.

Maroon Bells, Elk Mountains, Colorado, Fravert Basin, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Misty Bells

Storm clouds lift off the Maroon Bells, above Fravert Basin.

Sunflowers, Trail Rider Pass, Elk Mountains, Colorado, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Trail Rider Sunflowers

Sunflowers at Trail Rider Pass. 

Snowmass Lake, Trail Rider Pass, Elk Mountains, Colorado, hiking, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Hiking towards Snowmass Lake, from Trail Rider Pass.

Snowmass Lake, Elk Mountains, Colorado, July, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Snowmass Lake Vista

An overview of the windex-colored Snowmass Lake.

Snowmass Lake, Elk Mountains, Colorado, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Snowmass Lake Trees

Pine trees and Snowmass Lake. 

Snowmass Lake, Snowmass Mountain, sunrise, alpenglow, reflection, Elk Mountains, Colorado, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Snowmass Lake Alpenglow Reflection

Brilliant alpenglow on Snowmass Peak and Snowmass Mountain (14,092 ft.), reflected in Snowmass Lake.

Snowmass Lake, reflection, panorama, Elk Mountains, Colorado, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Snowmass Lake Reflection Panorama

Early morning shadows play on Snowmass Peak, reflected in Snowmass Lake. 

Snowmass Mountain, Elk Mountains, Colorado, ridge, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Claudia scrambles up the southern ridge of Snowmass Mountain, on the way to the 14,092 ft. summit.

climbers, Snowmass Mountain, west ridge, Elk Mountains, Colorado, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Anonymous climbers arrive at the 14,092 ft. summit of Snowmass Mountain after climbing up the west ridge.

Colorado, Elk Mountains, Snowmass Mountain, panorama, summit, photo

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.

Buckskin Pass, Snowmass Mountain, hiking, Elk Mountains, Colorado, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Hiking up Buckskin Pass, with Snowmass Mountain behind.

Indian Paintbrush, Buckskin Pass, North Maroon Peak, Elk Mountains, Colorado, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, photo

Buckskin Paintbrush

Blood red Indian Paintbrush wildflowers on Buckskin Pass, with North Maroon Peak (14,014 ft.) behind.

ladybug, sage, colorado, photo

Sage Ladybug

A ladybug sits atop a sage brush at sunrise.