WHO Press

Winter Trails: Aspen To Glenwood

Winter Trails: Aspen To Glenwood

Details: Softcover, 152 pages with color photos.

Publisher: People’s Press

ISBN: 978-0-9817810-2-0

Author: Warren Ohlrich

Price: $16.95

In Brief:

Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Winter Hiking.

The newest addition to Warren Ohlrich’s collection of hiking books, Winter Trails, highlights cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and winter hiking in the Roaring Fork Valley.  This winter trails guide lists and describes the many possibilities for both locals and visitors to enjoy the beauty of the area and to find routes for workouts or for getting away from the crowd. The guide clarifies which routes are best for skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, walking the dog, getting a workout, or just appreciating the scenic beauty. Details are given for getting to trailheads, for the appropriate trail maps, distances, elevations, potential dangers, and what to expect along the way.

…Maroon Creek Road leads to Maroon Lake and three 14,000-foot mountains—Pyramid Peak, North Maroon Peak and South Maroon Peak (the Maroon Bells—the most photographed mountains in the country). Summer visitors are familiar with the drive to Maroon Lake, but most winter visitors don’t realize the road is also available to cross-country skiers, snowshoers and hikers from its closure at the T Lazy 7 Ranch. This route is good for taking an all-day trip with a picnic stop, either at Maroon Lake beneath the Maroon Bells, or somewhere along Maroon Creek. Since the route is usually well-packed out by snowmobiles, snowshoes are not always necessary; skis, however, are the preferred mode of travel.  Dogs on leash are allowed. Generally, traffic along this route is heavier on the weekends, so on Saturdays and Sundays expect to encounter some snowmobile traffic. The road is plenty wide, however, to accommodate skiers, snowshoers, hikers and snowmobilers. …
Route: As you head up the snow-packed road, one of the most prominent peaks in the area, the rugged 14,018-foot Pyramid Peak, looms directly ahead of you. Maroon Creek follows the road on the left. You also may see some signs of avalanches that have come down from the steep valley walls—trees get flattened and wide paths are cleared by the tumbling snow. From time to time some of these avalanches may even come across the road, forcing the route to close. At 1.5 miles you pass the Welcome Station and Silver Bar Campground. The Silver Queen Campground is at 2.8 miles. The road bearing down to the left at 3.1 miles, at the East Maroon Wilderness Portal, can be taken as a side trip to cross Maroon Creek and follow the trail on the other side of the creek. East Maroon Portal marks the halfway point to Maroon Lake. At 4.3 miles, where Maroon Creek Road bends to the right, Pyramid Peak dominates the middle of the main valley, the side valley going off to the left is East Maroon Valley, and you see the Maroon Bells ahead to the right for the first time. This sight alone is worth the trip.
For the next couple of miles the Maroon Bells stand out in all their glory ahead of you, giving you many photo opportunities. At 6 miles you reach the parking areas. Follow the packed road to its end at 6.2 miles by the summer bunkers and a small warming shack where the T Lazy 7 usually has hot drinks available for skiers and snowmobilers. You have a magnificent view of the Maroon Bells as you look across Maroon Lake with the end of valley sloping up beyond the lake.…