Maroon Bells off trail advice
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Michael Ray
(topshot) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Maroon Bells off trail advice on 07/25/2011 22:30:02 MDT Print View

I'll be wandering around the Bells late August and wanted to know about a couple off trail routes to prevent backtracking. Basically, I need to know if it's feasible to do these without any special equipment. I'm very agile and nimble and don't mind boulder hopping.

1. Pierre Lakes basin to Snowmass Lake via Heckert Pass. Would there still be significant snow in late Aug?

2. Rustler Gulch to Sylvanite Mine crossing S of Cassi Peak (13232).

I'm also curious if there are any 14ers you can summit without gear/helmet. It looks like Snowmass and Castle are the best bets, and since my pack will be much lighter by the time I get around to Castle I may go for it though I wasn't planning to go that far east. However, if I CAN get over Heckert, I'd be so close already to Snowmass so maybe I'd just empty out all my food before going for the ridgeline. Of course, if the weather isn't good, I won't bother with either one.

Edited by topshot on 07/26/2011 08:43:32 MDT.

Michael Ray
(topshot) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Re: Maroon Bells off trail route advice? on 08/05/2011 21:09:57 MDT Print View

Nobody has gone those routes?

John Whynot
(jdw01776)

Locale: Southeast Texas
Re: Maroon Bells off trail advice on 08/05/2011 21:26:05 MDT Print View

@Michael -- 1. Pierre Lakes basin to Snowmass Lake via Heckert Pass. Would there still be significant snow in late Aug?

I've read a trip report that features this route. I can't remember the URL, but I do remember that the 2 climbers that went over this pass felt it was not correctly located on the map they used.

30 seconds with Google, and here is the link to the trip report.

Edited by jdw01776 on 08/05/2011 21:28:52 MDT.

Michael Ray
(topshot) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Re: Re: Maroon Bells off trail advice on 08/06/2011 07:41:29 MDT Print View

I had already found that one and another. Seems like it's easier with snow on it so you don't have to boulder hop, but I don't have any snow equipment. The few pics of seen of the other area near Cassi Peak leads me to think it shouldn't be much of a problem.