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Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, White River National Forest, CO (Jul 24th - Jul 30th 2016)

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The world-famous and spectacular Maroon Bells-Snowmass area truly exemplifies Rocky Mountain splendor and is Colorado's fourth largest Wilderness. The Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness was established with the original 1964 Wilderness Act and total size now is approximately 183,500 acres. Featuring 100 miles of trails that lead over nine passes above 12,000 feet, vast regions lie above the tree line and long glacial valleys with roaring rivers point the way to sparkling alpine lakes. The awesome, jagged symmetry of the Maroon Bells peaks reflected in Maroon Lake is perhaps Colorado's most often photographed mountain scene. In midsummer, the wildflowers are arguably the best anywhere. Elk, deer and an abundance of wildlife are found throughout the area. The variety of terrain encompasses scenic forests, summer wildflowers, challenging river crossings, and spectacular views of the numerous peaks of the Elk Mountain Range.

This is a great opportunity to experience Colorado wilderness, and give something back by helping the White River National Forest by maintaining trails and helping to control erosion in this beautiful area. This area’s popular trail network provides hikers access to the high ridgelines and peaks that dominate the landscape. We will set up basecamp at Crater Lake after a pack supported 4 mile backpack from Maroon Lake that gains 1,400' at high elevation. Project participants will assist the Forest Service by working on projects designed to improve the West Maroon Trail, which climbs steadily for 5 miles from our camp along West Maroon Creek. Volunteers will construct turnpikes, waterbars, checkdams, armored stream crossings, and drains. Project locations will include West Maroon Pass at 12,500'.

Check out more photos from last year's Maroon Bells-Snowmass project in our gallery.


Jul 24th - Jul 30th 2016

Service Project

Trail maintenance, erosion control

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Free Days

Hiking, fishing, photography, wildlife & wildflower viewing


Backpack camping

Project Difficulty

Challenging : Digging, bending, shoveling, moving rocks. 4 mile backpack with 1,400' elevation change at high alti


Carter Bland
Robin Bland

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