|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 the shimmering leaves
of the Aspen trees beckoned us forward to the
hike. 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.
Colorado pictures by
Colorado, August, 1999