The North Fork of the Crystal River
A day hike to falls on the North Fork or a backpack over Frigid Air Pass to the East Fork of the Crystal. The North Fork of the Crystal River penetrates deep into the heart of the Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness, providing access to a number of connecting trails. Because the trailhead is remote and is accessible only to four-wheel drives, most visitors arrive here via Trail Rider Pass or one of the passes that originate from the East Fork of the Crystal River. Flower-splashed meadows are scattered all along the valley, and two of the largest waterfalls in the central Rockies can be seen along the way. On its way to lofty Frigid Air Pass, the trail visits the Fravert Basin, one of the largest alpine basins anywhere.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||3,680 ft|
|Skill Level||Moderate to Hasley Basin trail junction; moderately strenuous beyond|
|Season||Mid-July to mid-October|
|Trailhead Elevation||9,800 ft|
|Top Elevation||12,210 ft|
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