|copyright 2001, Grabo'
This is possibly the most famous view in all
of Colorado (with the possible exception of Pike’s
Peak and the Garden of the Gods). My son Stanley
and I were spending a few days backpacking in
the Maroon Bells / Snowmass wilderness near Aspen,
Colorado, and this beautiful cloud formation and
still water greeted us. We met up with a hailstorm
on day 1, and set up camp just below timberline.
We crossed the alpine tundra and an ocean of wildflowers
and scaled a thirteener on day 2. The “bells” take
your breath away any season, any time of day.
They are made of crumbling sandstone, and are
an extremely treacherous climb.
Aspen, Colorado, August, 1999