The East Fork of the Crystal River
A day hike to West Maroon Pass. This trail provides a backdoor access to the Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness from the Crested Butte side of the range. Here, it links up with the Hasley Basin, North Fork of the Crystal River, and West Maroon trails for extended trips through the backcountry. The route can also be hiked as a day trip, and more ambitious travelers can make West Maroon Pass their destination. The meadows along the East Fork of the Crystal boast some of the most brilliant and varied displays of wildflowers in the central Rockies, and are a primary destination for wildflower enthusiasts. The peak of the bloom is in mid- to late July, but some flowers will be in bloom from snowmelt until the first winter blasts arrive.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||Crested Butte|
|Elevation Gain||2,090 ft|
|Season||Mid-July to mid-October|
|Trailhead Elevation||10,500 ft|
|Top Elevation||12,500 ft|
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