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A 3-day backpacking trip in the spectacular Elk Mountains near Aspen and Snowmass.

The trip covers about 23 miles and crosses three high passes, a variation of the famous four-pass loop..

Late September 2011, timed right by Kate to catch the aspens at peak color.
Fall Color along Snowmass CreekRocky Mountain MapleWaterfall Near Snowmass LakeSnowmass LakeSnowmass Lake EveningSnowmass Lake MorningDoes It Get Any Better?Buckskin Pass 12,462' ElevationLeaving One Pass, Heading For AnotherWillow Pass ViewNorth Maroon Peak from Willow PassGroup on Willow PassStarry Night at Willow LakePeak 13,336 from near Willow LakeThe Third and Final PassAspen from East Snowmass CreekIn the Aspen Forest