A backpack to Snowmass Lake or over Trail Rider Pass to the North Fork Cutoff Trail. Snowmass Creek is one of the principal travel corridors on the north side of the Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness, providing linkages to Buckskin Pass as well as the extensive network of trails along the North Fork of the Crystal River. Snowmass Lake makes a practical destination for day hikers, and is also popular with campers and fisherfolk. The lake marks the beginning of the mountaineering route to Snowmass Mountain, a 14,092-foot peak that provides the lake’s backdrop. The mountain gets its name from the large mound of persistent snow that builds up on its east face.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||5,120 ft|
|Skill Level||Moderate to Snowmass Lake; moderately strenuous over Trail Rider Pass|
|Season||Late June to mid-October (Snowmass Lake); early July to mid-October (Trail Rider Pass)|
|Trailhead Elevation||8,400 ft|
|Top Elevation||12,420 ft|
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