NARRATIVE: The trail begins ascending steeply and forks to the right in about one mile. Enjoyed the trail although not clearly marked in places.
If you don't have 4WD, park in the BLM meadow on the right approximately 2-1/4 miles below the trailhead.
Views from the saddle extend southeast to the high peaks of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.
Difficulty: Beginner Closure: None Uses: Biking, Hiking Surface: Paved Length: 5.74 miles (1.85 miles are maintained by TOSV) Winter Conditions: Groomed. I came across a bear on my way back, so know they are active in this area. Trail Overview. The Maroon-Snowmass Trail to Snowmass Lake is at the end of the gravel road. The trail is rated for beginners, but is moderately challenging because of substantial elevation gain.
Continue 2 miles to the T intersection. Beautiful trail. The Parks & Trails division with a seasonal maintenance crew manages 24 town trails--both paved and unpaved--for the safety and enjoyment of outdoor enthusiasts of all types and abilities. The trail follows Capital Creek and is mainly in the aspens most of the way. Last mile to the lake is almost impossible to follow with deep snow covering the trail. The first 3 miles or so are hilly so there is some decrease in elevation in the beginning, but the last 2 miles are nothing but up. The road does continue past the Capitol Lake Trailhead and climbs very steeply to the Hell Roaring Trailhead. Hiked 5/30. Started at around 7:15 and were back to the lot at ~1:45 with the normal quick stops for pictures, snacks, lunch, etc. Hiked as part of a Capitol-Snowmass loop. Turn off your ad blocker to see a map of this trail, Snowmass Lake and Mountain via Maroon Snowmass Trail, Village Bound, Sleigh Ride, and Nature Trail Loop, Ditch Trail, Government Trail, and Campground Connector, Maroon Snowmass Trail to Willow Lake Trail to East Maroon Trail Loop. The cows move down the trail, turning mud and pies into a slick mess. Far too many cows are allowed on this range.
- Increase your productivity, customize your experience, and engage in information you care about. Out and back 7.5 hours. My Garmin clocked just over 6 miles to the lake and more like 3,000 elevation gain. Last two miles to the Lake were difficult due to the 1 to 3 feet of snow drifts and ~40 mph winds. This is a 8.5 mile dirt trail that follows East Snowmass Creek in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness near Snowmass Village, CO. To get to the Snowmass side trailhead from Snowmass Village, travel up Brush Creek Road and turn right on Divide Road. This trail starts on the back side of Snowmass mountain so the drive to get to the start is long, you can take the divide trail to get to it as well. It then breaks out into a meadow before continuing a moderately steep climb. West Snowmass Trail is a 16.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Snowmass, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Create an Account - Increase your productivity, customize your experience, and engage in information you care about.
Fortunately, Snowmass Village is naturally blessed with the components of a world-class trails system: good terrain, good views, and good infrastructure. Heading back you can go the same direction or Hike over to Buckskin Pass and down to West Maroon Creek.
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