This scenic mountain trek from Aspen to Crested Butte begins at the entrance to the Maroon Bells Wilderness - some of the most beautiful and extensively photographed peaks in North America.
You'll travel up the West Maroon Valley past Maroon Lake & Crater Lake. As the trail meanders through a variety of terrain from Aspen & Pine tree forests to wildflower fields, you'll enjoy stunning views of North and South Maroon Bells as well as Pyramid Peak! Approximately 4-5 hours into the hike, you'll ascend a fairly strenuous and exposed stretch of trail to cross West Maroon Pass (12,490 ft.) into the Schofield basin, renowned for its fields of beautiful wildflowers. You'll meander through the wildflowers to the trailhead where a shuttle will await you and take you to Crested Butte. Once in Crested Butte you can choose to spend the night or choose ground transportation over Kebler pass back to Aspen (approx 4 hrs).
With an emphasis on safety and enjoyment, our professional certified or trained guides will take you out on a fun and unforgettable mountain trek!
Duration: Full Day (+/- 8-10 hrs.)
Location: The guide will be in touch with you the day before to determine your meeting place and any miscellaneous details. Please call 970-925-7625 for any questions.
Maximum Guide Ratio: 7:1
Fitness Level: All levels of fitness are welcome!
Includes: WFR trained mountain guide, and a 3% USFS land use surcharge.
Not included: water, lunch/snack food, & a gratuity for your guide, transportation to and from trailhead, transportation back to Aspen (we can arrange)
Your guide will contact you the day before at the voice number you give us to discuss an appropriate plan for you and to confirm a meeting place and start time. It is usually recommended to meet at Aspen Expeditions' shop at the base of Aspen Highlands.
A typical full day of mountain trek to Crested Butte is +/- 8-10 hours.
Socks: thin hiking socks, wool or synthetic
Bottoms: pants or shorts should be comfortable & allow the freedom of movement
Top: synthetic or woolt-shirts, tank-tops or long sleeves - no cotton!
Warm layer: nice to have along as the temperatures can vary with altitude and shade
Rain Jacket: a waterproof jacket, in case of occasional afternoon rain showers
Hat: to keep the sun off your face
- Water bottle
Sunscreen and lip balm: water/sweat-proof
Toiletries, Personal first-aid kit:for your personal meds/needs
- Camera or Smartphone
- Water, Lunch/Snack food
Summers in Aspen tend to be warm and mild, but temperatures can easily drop as you head up in elevation, for example on West Maroon Pass. Rain/thunderstorms occasionally occur, more often than not in the afternoon rather than mornings. Rain gear will be essential if necessary. Participants will travel in the backcountry and should be prepared for any or all weather conditions.
AE requires a full credit card or cash/check payment to hold your reservation. If you choose to cancel within 7 days of a scheduled trip, you will be charged full price. Within 7-14 days of your trip, we would be happy to work out a date to reschedule. If you choose to cancel 2 weeks or more (3 weeks or more for multi-day trips of 5+ people) prior to your scheduled trip, you will receive a full refund. If your guide decides that weather makes your scheduled trip a no-go, we will work with you to reschedule, give you a credit, or refund your trip. Travel Guard insurance is available via our website homepage.
Please note: AEW's number one priority is your safety. Many conditions affect our guides' decisions in the mountains, including client fitness and comfort, weather conditions and route conditions. There are inherent hazards in mountain travel such as inclement weather, avalanches, rock fall, ice fall that our guides manage yet cannot eliminate. The combination of our guides' formal training and wealth of experience assures that their sound decision create an enjoyable and safe mountain experience.Aspen Expeditions reserves the right to turn around or change routes without refunds or credits under any conditions.