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Anyone experienced with Maroon Bells in July that can give me an estimated low temperature for the nights in Maroon Bells? Doing the Four Pass Loop, so should expect to be around 10, or 12, 000 feet when camping.
May hit a 14'er if we get enough time.
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Don't know. But when I was there at the end of August we had night time temps in the 40's.
I would do the loop  clockwise and do your 14'r (Snowmass Peak) the last day.
Side note: My small canister of fuel for my jet boil lasted the entire trip with fuel to spare.


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Low 40s to low 30s.  Frost in the morning is a definite possibility any month of the year at higher altitudes in CO.
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Somewhere between 10 and 95 F I Would guess.

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Low 30's to low 40's on average. Plan on frost every morning, possibly even a little ice on your water bottle if you leave it out overnight.

Possibly even colder.

These are shards of ice, 1/4" thick that I had to knock off my tent one morning, after a particularly nasty round of summer, aka "Moonson" thunderstorms rolled through the evening before.



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Good to know. Thanks guys. I was thinking low 40's, but not 30's. I think I'm finally going to invest in a down bag to carry for this trip.
Thanks Kcwins. I don't use a jetboil myself, but it gives me a good idea of what to expect at that elevation. I usually get a few boils less than jetboils with my Wisperlite.

Anyone know what altitude the Aspen Weather forecasts are for? (or Maroon bells). I can't find that information anywhere.
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An excellent investment.  You won't regret it.  I just noticed that First Ascent (Eddie Bauer) has 25% off everything.  Their Karakorum series bags look pretty good especially considering the price although I've had no personal experience with them.  Not trying to convince you to buy anything, just thought I'd mention it.  Seems like a good deal.


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Thanks for the heads up. Those do look pretty slick.
I'm actually leaning towards a Big Agnes currently, but I'm still looking.
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Aspen forecasts? Most NOAA weather pages feature a relief map, cursor you can move, gain a calculated forecast for the spot you highlight. (i.e. a pass, high point on your route) FWIW and use with caution.
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For what its worth, if you're planning on doing any 14ers, consult 14ers.com for excellent route info and trip reports.  I summited North Maroon Peak last September and it was a big help.  The region has spectacular scenery but beware of the loose rocks on both Bells.

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Great info. Thanks guys.
The weather looks like it's going to be very doable.
I hadn't realized how lose and dangerous maroon peak was. Wow. Thanks for that site. Some sketch climbing. Not sure if my entire group (8 people) can handle that. Needs some special planning.
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Great info. Thanks guys.
The weather looks like it's going to be very doable.
I hadn't realized how lose and dangerous maroon peak was. Wow. Thanks for that site. Some sketch climbing. Not sure if my entire group (8 people) can handle that. Needs some special planning.

Yep, the bells are considered rather dangerous.  There are warning signs at the trailhead.   Geologically speaking, they are very different from most other peaks in CO.

Maybe try for another 14er in the area, after you complete the loop.


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Any recommendations for a good peak in the area? I don't care about the numerical "14".
As long as the views are good I'm happy.
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Capital if you're up for a challenge.
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Capital has a class 4 'knife edge' that most casual hikers are not ready for.
Snowmass would be the "easiest" 14er in the area, but its difficulty depends on how extensive its eastside snow field (snow mass) is.  
Mount Daly (13er) north of Capital is an option.


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I would be in for Capital, but I'll have a group of 8 with me who aren't.
Snowmass could be an option for me.
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Maroon Bells were not crowded when I hiked the 4 Pass Loop in mid-July 5 years ago. I saw 3 people the first day (not counting the first few miles) and a total of 4 people until the last lakes on the last day. http://ckjournal.blogspot.com/2008/07/maroon-bells-four-pass-loop.html
It was in the 30s most nights. A great, justifiably famous hike.


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Awesome info.
Sounds about perfect to me. The cooler weather tends to push the crowds away, which is always a plus.
I'm very anxious to get out there.
Good read by the way.
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