Only 25 miles south of Aspen is another beautiful mountain town much like Aspen – Crested Butte. It evolved from a Ute Indian hunting ground to a ski resort. There are in fact, seven 14,000 foot peaks and several 13,000 foot peaks between the two towns creating a powerful barrier. The hike starts with a quick photo shoot at Maroon Lake – where it reflects the amazing 14,000 foot Maroon Bells (this is in fact the most photographed view in Colorado). Then you will venture through streams, pass by glacier formed lakes, and climb up close to 3,000 feet. When you reach the top of the pass it will reveal a magnificent view of the Elk Mountains in Gunnison National Forest, which includes peaks surrounding Crested Butte. The pass makes for a perfect location to stop and have lunch and take some photos. This venture will definitely not disappoint!