Ski or Snowshoe to the Maroon Bells

T Lazy 7 Ranch - Search Nearby - Added by Mike Fennell

Make your way (Hike, Bike, Ski, Snowshoe, Splitboard, Snowmobile) to the one of North America's most iconic mountains, and enjoy the breathtaking view all to yourself. This scenic and moderate 12 mile out-and-back trail sees just about no tourists compared to the summer season when the road is open to cars. With a gentle slope, 14ers all around, nothing but the sound of nature, and an easy to follow groomed trail, this adventure is a must do!

From Aspen drive down Maroon Creek Road until it comes to its winter closure located by T Lazy 7 Ranch. The Ranch offers snowmobile tours and keeps the six mile snow covered road to the Bells groomed. Most popular with cross country skiers, the snow road can also be hiked, fat biked, and skinned. Dogs are allowed, and there is no fee.

Quite simply follow the well groomed snow road from where the road closure begins, until you reach the frozen Maroon Lake six miles later, sitting at the base of the Maroon Bells.

Distance

12 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

1000 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Photography, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Hiking

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Lake
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Wildlife

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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do it

take a day and cross country ski up. you wont regret it, unless somehow you can't appreciate nature and exercise...

Beautiful

This is a truly epic scenic area. However be very careful in the winter, generally this area is closed due to moose. They can be thick in here, and are probably the most dangerous alpine wildlife. They will attack more than lions and bears combined, so be very very careful if you choose to head up to Maroon Lake in the winter.

Summer, a season not to be missed in Aspen!

"I came for the winter, and stayed for the summer," is a phrase you'll often hear around town.  The weather is one of the highlights. During the day the temperature hovers in the 70's and 80's, and by evening the mercury will drop into the 60's. Arts & culture enthusiasts will be just as fulfilled as the adventure junkie during summer in Aspen.  The events calendar abounds with activities for everyone, from cultural events to athletic pursuits.

Experiencing all Aspen has to offer is as easy as opening the front door. Join us for a summer adventure that’s anything but ordinary.

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