West Snowmass #2187
ALERT: Due to recent bear activity, bear canisters [https://fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3848454.pdf] are required for all backpackers in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Hike 1-1/4 miles along the Maroon-Snowmass Trail to the junction with the West Snowmass Trail (about 1/4 mile past the second gate). The West Snowmass Trail then switches back towards Snowmass Creek. Cross Snowmass Creek. This can be a cold and swift crossing well into the summer months. Water sandals are a must! After crossing the creek, climb through stands of Aspen, CO for 1.5 miles. At higher elevations the trail journeys through stands of Spruce, Fir and flower-filled meadows, passing below Mt. Daly, until it finally emerges above the timberline where deer and elk are often seen. From the pass, the trail descends very quickly as it carries you through undisturbed meadows and forests where few people visit. The trail ends at its junction with Capitol Creek Trail [https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/whiteriver/recarea/?recid=40475]. View a downloadable trail description and map [https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd498425.pdf] (.pdf). SAFETY: Remember climbing is dangerous, even deadly! Check out Colorado Fourteeners Initiative YouTube Channel [https://www.youtube.com/user/CO14ersInitiative] to learn more.