Maroon Bells in the Rockies - Sun, Sep 19 2021

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Maroon Bells in the Rockies

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Aspen Colorado   Backpacking: Maroon Bells in the Rockies  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Sep 19 2021  10:00 am >> Sat, Sep 25 2021 7:00 pm
Registration Opens: Sun, Jul 11 2021 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Sep 16 2021 7:00 pm
Event Duration:6 Days 9 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced (Exploratory)
Distance:28 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Lisa Maldonado
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Member Cost:$25.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:2
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


Come hike the iconic Maroon Bells considered the most majestic mountains in all of Colorado. The Aspen Trees will be at peak gold! This is a challenging backpack with around 9000' elevation gain over 4 days and passes at about 12,500'. (see links below).

This trip is a minimum group size of 4 and maximum of 8. All who sign- up will be first placed on waitlist until trip leader approval based on capability and compatability. If approved, Trip Leader will move you over. (See anticipated costs for flight, shuttle, hotel under additional notes.) There is a $25.00 fee to AOC for all extended travel events. 

Sun. Sept. 19: Fly into Denver CO. We will get a rental van and drive to Aspen. Stay at hotel in Aspen

Mon. Sept. 20: Enjoy Aspen, acclimate at 8000', stay at hotel.

Tues. Sept 21: Shuttle to 4 Pass Loop early; self- register at trailhead; Hike 6 miles; camp about a mile from West Maroon Pass.

Wed. Sept 22: Hike over West Maroon Pass and Frigid Air Pass about 7 miles; camp in Favert Basin 

Thurs: Sept 23: Hike 6 miles over Trail Rider Pass; camp near Snowmass Lake

Fri: Sept 24: Hike over Buckskin Pass and out 8.5 miles; shuttle back to Aspen; Stay at hotel.

Sat: Drive back to Denver. Fly out of Denver back to Atlanta. reports/four-pass-loop- maroon-bells/#day4 42652.pdf


Required Items to Bring:

All backpacking essencials for 4 days. Change of clean clothes for return flight. More discussion via e-mail for participants. 

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Anticipated cost for each person:

Roundtrip airfare to Aspen: Approx. $400

Shared hotel rooms (3 nights): Approx. $175

Rountrip shuttle from Aspen to near trailhead: $16

(Trip Leaders may coordinate payment as a group for hotel and shuttle reservations, where convenient)

The payment of $25 only covers AOC Service Fee. All costs (transportation, lodging, meals & drinks, and etc.) are paid by members on their own.

The $25.00 AOC fee must be paid by July 16 per AOC guidelines (see below) Cancellation by participant before August 1 will receive $25.00 (full) refund minus the 3% PayPal fee. After August 1 there will be no refund. 

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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$25.00/Person
Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the AOC on Thu, Sep 16 2021.
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