In July 2010, I went on my first overnight backpacking trip to the Maroon Bells on Four Pass Loop Trail with my husband and brother-in-law. The scenery on this hike is absolutely stunning and worth every ounce of effort!
There is a ton of information out there about the logistics of this hike so I am not going to bore you with the details.
The only tip I will offer is this: try to mitigate the lightning danger as much as possible by getting up early so that you are off the passes and in the trees by 1 or 2 in the afternoon. There are four passes in 28 miles on this hike so the timing can be awkward if you are greenhorn flat-lander like I was. I got a rude welcoming to the backpacking world as I was running down Trail Rider Pass with lightning striking around me. It was so worth it though!
Click here to view more photos from our trip. Questions and Comments are always welcome!