Carbonate Creek Hike
Sunday, August 12
7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public, registration required.

Starting just outside Marble at the base of the now-defunct Marble Ski Area, the trail emerges onto National Forest lands and crosses Carbonate Creek. Just on the other side of the creek, the trail climbs up a very steep incline. The trail ascends through aspen groves and open meadows with lovely vistas for a total of 3 miles until you reach a waterfall at the edge of Mount Daly. The elevation at this point is 10,200 feet. From this point, the trail goes around the back side of Mount Daly to Buckskin Basin, climbing steeply up the basin to crest out at 12,000 feet. Only a couple hundred yards north from the crest of Buckskin Basin is Avalanche Pass, a trail that takes off straight north to drop down into West Avalanche Creek.  Your naturalist guide, Brandon Jones will provide insight into the ecological and cultural stories of this area — including the problem of invasive Yellow Toadflax — as well as opportunities to help permanently protect the Crystal River from dams and diversions through a proposed Wild and Scenic Designation.

  • Difficult Hike: 8 miles total, with approximately 1500 feet elevation gain.
  • No dogs are allowed.
  • This adult program is appropriate for those 16 years and older who are strong hikers. Minors must be accompanied by a parent.
  • Bring appropriate day hike equipment including water, snacks, and lunch. Suggested Day Hike Gear List
  • Participants should carry their own personal first aid kit.

This free hike is sponsored by Alpine Bank, The Thrift Shop of Aspen, City of Aspen, The Aspen Times, and True Nature Healing Arts.

Leader: Brandon Jones
Location: Marble, CO

Contact for further info:
Brandon Jones