Hike to Buckskin Pass

Minehaha Gulch 1This 9 mile round trip hike is challenging but you won’t get a view like the one from Buckskin pass anywhere else in Colorado!  The hike starts at Maroon Lake and the majestic Maroon Bells.  Follow the West Maroon Trail and signs for Crater Lake.  At about 1.7 miles from the trailhead, look for the West Maroon Junction to Buckskin Pass.  Follow this steep trail through the Minnehaha Gulch with up-close views of North Maroon Peak.  Just ahead the trail opens up into a beautiful apline basin, which will be bursting with wildflowers from June-August.  Pyramid peak, one of Colorado’s notorious 14er’s will be directly behind you.  Straight ahead will loom Buckskin Pass at an elevation of 12,462′.  Continue following the switchbacks and follow the sign to Buckskin Pass.  The view from the top is stunning in every direction.  In the distance you will be able to see Capitol Peak, Hagerman Peak, Snowmass Lake and Snowmass Mountain.  This hike is considered difficult.

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