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Not far from Aspen are the Maroon Bells. Said to be the most photographed peaks in Colorado, it's easy to see why. During the summer months the road is closed to car traffic and the Bells can only be accessed by Tour Bus. Busses run every half hour and will take you to the base of the Bells, where there is a lovely lake.
After Labor Day, passenger cars are allowed. A $10.00 day fee gives you 5 days of access to the park. The drive from highway 82 to the base of the Bells is a climb of nearly 2,000 feet. On the sunny fall Wednesday that I made this trip there were scores of cyclists and people on funny skate "skis" going up the road. Those Aspenites are certainly a healthy athletic lot!
Written Sep 16, 2004
Address: Maroon Creek Road, off of Highway 82
The road to the base of the Maroon Bells is beautiful, with lots of opportunities to stop and take pictures. Artists stop along the route and try to catch the colors with their paints. It's just lovely.
Written Sep 16, 2004
Address: Maroon Creek Road
The Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness occupies 181,000 acres, containing wide basins, alpine meadows, colorful cliffs, marshy tundra resembling interior Alaska, craggy rock faces and lush evergreen groves, 7 peaks topping 14k ft and 26 over 13k ft. The area is protected under the Wilderness Act of 1964.The Maroone Bells began as iron-bearing sediments beneath an ancient sea, before they metamorphosed into red rock, lifted skyward over millions of years, then, sculpted by glaciers, produced the awesome peaks we know today.
Updated May 8, 2004
At 13,500 ft, it is considered CO's highest trail-accessible pass. The hike begins along the Cathedral Lake trail and the first 3.2 miles experiences a 2, 000 ft elevation gain. The trail begins among aspens then breaks off into open meadows and rock slide areas. After the 1st 2 miles, the trail climbs in a series of switchbacks to the basin. At that point, the right hand fork leads to Electric Pass and the left another 1/4 mile to Cathedral Lake.
The electric pass route then reaches timberline, and climbs through waist high willows and climbs another 1,600 feet in 1.5 miles. Heading up to electric pass, the summit of cathedral peak is visible, along with an extensive rock glacier. The trail switchbacks to a ridge which extends to Leahy Peak. The trail then climbs along Electric Pass Peak to reach the Electric Pass.
Written Mar 11, 2003
The lower few miles of the Snowmass Creek trail have been described as a "piece of cake". I'm not sure that I'd agree, but, then again, when you're hiking in this altitude, everything is relative. The trail does start off slowly as a gradual walk through unconnected beaver ponds, open meadows and lush forests.
Updated Nov 2, 2004
We had a fascinating look at how the movers and shakers of the world live and play in Aspen, We saw beautiful homes of Movie Stars, Television Stars, Sports Stars, Music Stars, Super Models, Fortune 500 CEO's and Royalty! so many fascinating stories about these world famous celebrities where told I never new. We saw 75 of the most beautiful and expensive homes in the world, stunning Homes & amazing 50 miiilon dollar mansions!. You'll have incredible stories to tell your friends when you get home! Well worth the price and is about 2 1/2 to 3 hours long.
Written Aug 5, 2005
Address: Five Star Adventures
Phone: 970-544-4700 / 1-800-951-9495
Walking the final steps up a high pass is no less exciting than reaching the summit of a giant peak. Views open up in all directions; rows of snow capped mountain ranges stretch far into the distance like white waves in a choppy sea. T.A. Baron, A Walk in the Wilderness.
Updated Nov 2, 2004
A walking tour full of stories of Ghosts, Murder & all of Aspen's dirty little secrets. I've lived in Aspen for awhile and found it a great thing to do when friends visit. My favorites were the ghosts at the Red Light District & Ghosts at the Hotel Jerome.
Written Feb 10, 2010
Address: Wheeler Opera House 320 E. Hyman Ave. Aspen
As the crow flies, Crestted Butte is located 12 miles from Aspen. It's about a 3 1/2 hour drive - 110 miles. The hike over East Maroon Pass is spectacular and takes about 6 hours. If you don't want to hike back, you can arrange for transportation back to aspen - via van or on horseback. Best time to go for wildflowers in full bloom is August.
Written Oct 8, 2008
I had one of the best ski experiences of my life in Aspen Highlands in late March 2013. The reason was that it was empty, with plenty of fresh deep powder! The mountain is the second largest in the Aspen area, but has some of the most challenging terrains in the area, particularly in the Highlands Bowl, where the highest peak lies at 3,559 metres. To reach this bowl, one has to hike up a long way along a narrow ridge, a must for the experienced and adventurous skiers, but it takes quite a lot of effort to do so. The base of Highlands is at 2,451 metres, making the vertical drop 1,108 metres.
Written Mar 29, 2013
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