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Re: Maroon Bells Reservations/Access

Post by cougar » Tue Mar 30, 2021 8:30 am

RMNP is also resuming timed entry permits this summer, a couple weeks after they said they wouldn't. And moved the start of that window to 5am. Separate time permits for bear lake rd and the rest of the park.
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Re: Maroon Bells Reservations/Access

Post by Harrison1991 » Tue Mar 30, 2021 9:34 am

cougar wrote:
Tue Mar 30, 2021 8:30 am
RMNP is also resuming timed entry permits this summer, a couple weeks after they said they wouldn't. And moved the start of that window to 5am. Separate time permits for bear lake rd and the rest of the park.
Looks like I’ll be arriving at 4 am, when I visit this summer 😉
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Re: Maroon Bells Reservations/Access

Post by dwoodward13 » Tue Mar 30, 2021 9:36 am

cougar wrote:
Tue Mar 30, 2021 8:30 am
RMNP is also resuming timed entry permits this summer, a couple weeks after they said they wouldn't. And moved the start of that window to 5am. Separate time permits for bear lake rd and the rest of the park.
I'm personally a fan of some of the permit systems for the most used places in the state. Visited Maroon Lake two different trips and had no issues with reservations. Yes, planning ahead is required, but it was so much more enjoyable to not have hundreds of people at the lake. Not to mention the reduced impact. I liked what Rocky did last year too and think some sort of permit process is probably the way to move forward with some modifications. Its just too popular of a place and will only continue to get overrun if they don't start to manage crowds. But woof I think they blew this one, especially after flip flopping. This going to be confusing for a lot of people not familiar with the park and probably create a *ton* of headaches for park staff. Starts Memorial Day weekend.

Two permit options:
Bear Lake Rd Corridor, needed from 5am to 6pm. Looks like this starts at the Moraine Park turnoff, ie includes Moraine Park, Fern Lake Area, Bear Lake, ect
Rest of the Park (non BLRC), needed from 9am to 3pm
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Re: Maroon Bells Reservations/Access

Post by PJ88 » Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:45 am

Sounds like even with the reservation system everyone was flocking to Bear Lake and the rest of the park was being neglected last year. With all of the closures still active in the park I would imagine it would have gotten even worse this summer. I was able to get camping reservations for this coming fall but noticed they weren't even opening some loops due to anticipated lack of staffing and many dates were already full. This is probably good for this year but the flip flopping isn't a good look. It was pretty easy to see some of these issues coming so I am not sure why they said 'no' so soon. I used the reservation system once last year and it worked fine.
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Re: Maroon Bells Reservations/Access

Post by CaptCO » Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:54 am

I just hope weather works out for TP/LP if I’m able to grab a reservation. I agree though, I had pyramid solo all day, and my group had the bells to ourselves. Probably added to the enjoyment of those climbs.
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Re: Maroon Bells Reservations/Access

Post by HikerGuy » Tue Mar 30, 2021 11:08 am

CaptCO wrote:
Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:54 am
I just hope weather works out for TP/LP if I’m able to grab a reservation.
I need Lightning and 13631. I'm thinking about backpacking in from Schofield just to avoid the Maroon Lake shitshow.
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Re: Maroon Bells Reservations/Access

Post by askwjs » Tue Mar 30, 2021 11:15 am

The end of last year, no ride share or taxi services were offering rides past the gate for the Bells Wilderness, even early morning drop offs. You would have to have someone drive you in and leave.

You can try to getting a camping permit for one of the campsites in the Wilderness area and you get parking passes
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Re: Maroon Bells Reservations/Access

Post by desertdog » Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:43 pm

HikerGuy wrote:
Tue Mar 30, 2021 11:08 am
CaptCO wrote:
Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:54 am
I just hope weather works out for TP/LP if I’m able to grab a reservation.
I need Lightning and 13631. I'm thinking about backpacking in from Schofield just to avoid the Maroon Lake shitshow.
I would like to do those if you would like a partner. Richard
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Re: Maroon Bells Reservations/Access

Post by CaptCO » Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:57 pm

desertdog wrote:
Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:43 pm
HikerGuy wrote:
Tue Mar 30, 2021 11:08 am
CaptCO wrote:
Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:54 am
I just hope weather works out for TP/LP if I’m able to grab a reservation.
I need Lightning and 13631. I'm thinking about backpacking in from Schofield just to avoid the Maroon Lake shitshow.
I would like to do those if you would like a partner. Richard
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Re: Maroon Bells Reservations/Access

Post by angry » Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:37 pm

desertdog wrote:
Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:43 pm
HikerGuy wrote:
Tue Mar 30, 2021 11:08 am
I need Lightning and 13631. I'm thinking about backpacking in from Schofield just to avoid the Maroon Lake shitshow.
I would like to do those if you would like a partner. Richard
I need em both too and would join you guys (Richard & Troy) although I am much slower pace. Can make up for my turtle speed with charming personality :lol:
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Re: Maroon Bells Reservations/Access

Post by jbealer » Tue Mar 30, 2021 4:21 pm

angry wrote:
Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:37 pm
desertdog wrote:
Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:43 pm
HikerGuy wrote:
Tue Mar 30, 2021 11:08 am
I need Lightning and 13631. I'm thinking about backpacking in from Schofield just to avoid the Maroon Lake shitshow.
I would like to do those if you would like a partner. Richard
I need em both too and would join you guys (Richard & Troy) although I am much slower pace. Can make up for my turtle speed with charming personality :lol:
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Re: Maroon Bells Reservations/Access

Post by illusion7il » Tue Mar 30, 2021 5:02 pm

HikerGuy wrote:
Tue Mar 30, 2021 11:08 am
CaptCO wrote:
Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:54 am
I just hope weather works out for TP/LP if I’m able to grab a reservation.
I need Lightning and 13631. I'm thinking about backpacking in from Schofield just to avoid the Maroon Lake shitshow.
We didn't feel like messing around with the reservation system last year so we did Pyramid in a day from Schofield. Total mileage came to around 26 miles with almost 9K gain. Good Times!
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