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good hikes near snowmass

Postby mbeach527 » Wed Jul 30, 2008 8:11 pm

I am going to be spending a week in Snowmass in the middle of August and want to do a little sightseeing while I'm there. I don't want to do any of the Elk's 14ers just yet. Does anyone know of any shorter (~4-5 hr RT) hikes in the area with good views? Thanks!

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Re: good hikes near snowmass

Postby Floyd » Wed Jul 30, 2008 8:55 pm

Buckskin Benchmark - start at the Maroon Lake TH, head up to Buckskin Pass. Swing a right and walk the ridge (It's easier than the route on SummitPost) It's basically a class 1 walkup with a step or 2 of class 2. CoDave has a trip report from our approach to Snowmass Mtn last year. You have incredible views of the Bells, Pyramid, and look straight down onto Snowmass Lake. One of my favorite hikes to date.

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Re: good hikes near snowmass

Postby mbeach527 » Thu Jul 31, 2008 7:42 pm

Judging by the photos, it looks like a really nice hike. Hopefully the weather is good. Thanks again

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Re: good hikes near snowmass

Postby ColoradoScott » Fri Aug 01, 2008 11:03 am

Electric Pass Peak near Cathedral Lake/Peak also has a trail almost to it's summit and the valley is gorgeous. You don't have to screw with the shuttle busses in and out of Maroon Lake either.

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Re: good hikes near snowmass

Postby ColoradoScott » Mon Aug 04, 2008 4:07 pm

This last weekend I climbed Geissler Mtn. from the Lost Man Pass TH near Independence Pass. It's an easy 5 mile RT and you could extend it up high if the weather cooperates better for you than it did for me.

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Re: good hikes near snowmass

Postby Britette » Mon Aug 04, 2008 4:38 pm

Sopris?

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Re: good hikes near snowmass

Postby covfrrider » Mon Aug 04, 2008 4:50 pm

You didn't define "near", so I will throw out hanging lake in Glenwood Canyon, probably 45 minutes to an hour, but spectacular. On the way back hit the Glenwood Hot Springs pool.

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Re: good hikes near snowmass

Postby sam » Mon Aug 04, 2008 4:52 pm

Tons of hikes out of snowmass. Here are a few non-summit type, and right from or close to Snowmass Village
-Rim Trail-great mtn bike also
-government trail from Snowmass to Aspen, take the free shuttle back
-East Snowmass creek to willow lake
-short drive to Snowmass lake trailhead, then hike up as far as you want towards or all the way to Snowmass lake. You can also access Moon lake via W. Snowmass from this trailhead.

hope this adds a few more to your quiver of hikes

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Re: good hikes near snowmass

Postby mbeach527 » Mon Aug 04, 2008 6:39 pm

Wow, lots of options! Thanks a lot everyone

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