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“Great hike!”
Review of Buckskin Pass

Reviewed October 19, 2017

Buckskin Pass came highly recommended from a friend, and the hike did not disappoint. Definitely get an early start on it to get out ahead of the Maroon Bells crowd (and snag a good parking spot). There was a little snow up top in early Oct of this year, but there were enough footprints to make out the trail. Beautiful views in all directions up top, and well worth the time and energy invested. One of my favorite hikes so far – highly recommend!

Thank Laura N
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Reviewed October 7, 2017 via mobile

We were here to scout out the 4 pass loop. There was too much snow to do the loop. We made it about 1/2 mike from the top. Great views.

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Reviewed August 31, 2017

I visited the Aspen area to backpack the Maroon Bells Four Pass Loop, a 25 mile multi-day hike. Buckskin Pass is part of this loop, and has an incredible view on all sides. The pass is a 5 mile hike from the trailhead at the Maroon Bells Visitor Center, so it is 10 miles round trip. The hike is stunningly beautiful but also extremely strenuous, reaching an elevation of 12,500 feet at the pass. Please be careful and do not attempt without plenty of water.

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Reviewed August 9, 2017

Being from the flatlands of SE Pennsylvania this hike was a real heart pumper! DH and I were in the Aspen area for three full days before attempting it and I'm glad we had the time to acclimate. It was 9.2 miles out and back from the Maroon Lake trailhead/parking lot and 2,879 ft elevation gain (data from Garmin). We are both runners and I just completed a (flat) half-marathon. That said, we still required frequent breaks and lots of water and fuel to get this done. I recommend having camel packs, energy blocks or other quick fuel, and a good hat and hiking boots. There are plenty of mountain streams for water refills if you have iodine tablets.
Going back down was much easier and our pace was 3-4X that of going up, so keep that in mind as you are ascending..there is relief! We started before 8am to beat afternoon showers. I do not recommend starting this much later than 9am in the summer unless you are a mountain goat (which we saw up there!). I highly recommend this as the views are breathtaking (or was that the altitude?). In any case, this is the real deal Colorado high and nothing compares. Cheers!

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Reviewed September 23, 2016

Buckskin Pass... Follow W Maroon Tr. past Maroon Lake. You go right, up the East Maroon/Snowmass Trail just before Crater Lake. The fall colors are super. Parts are steep.

Thank AptosAmy
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