On Saturday, Christy and I got out on our favorite local linkup of trails and passes, the Four Pass Loop. According to some friends who had been out there earlier in the summer, the lingering snow and high water levels, the theme of summer thus far, had made the trip pretty challenging. But it seems that summer’s persistence has finally won over spring, as we knew it eventually would, and the whole loop is now in pretty good shape. So get out there soon, because it’s already August, and there’s only about 6 good weeks before the snow starts flying up there again.
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About Christy & Ted
We met in Aspen in 2000 and have been happily stuck in the rockies ever since, getting out in the mountains every day we can, in every season and by all means possible. Read More
Great trip report and thanks for sharing the photos. It’s amazing what you two achieve every weekend. For the last photo, I suppose that makes the lake a ‘moose’ see.
Amazing. Amazing. Amazing.
Nice one, Scott, as always.
Richard, we could probably squeeze a lap in if you’re going to be in the neighborhood soon. Let me know.
you two are an amazing breed. nice work. thanks for the report.
We just like the long day. Go give it a try, you might too.
Great pics. I am considering trying this as a trail run myself. Do you mind if I ask you how long it took? I’d like to have some idea of lenght of time before embarking on it. Great job!
Walter- We finished in just under 8 hours. The first time I did the loop as a hike many years ago it took 11 hours, walking the whole time. I’ve since run it a dozen times or so and usually finish between 6:30 and 8 hours. And I’ve heard of fast runners getting it done in five.
And for running, most consider the counter-clockwise direction better (opposite the way we went last weeknd), which gets the steeper Buckskin climb out of the way early, when you’re feeling good, and gives you the easy climb up to West Maroon at the end.
Have fun out there.
Awesome as always – probably will be next summer before we take another shot at some of those trails but your pics brought back fond memories of that run. Amazing seeing Snowmass Mtn with that much snow when we look at the photos from last year at this time and it was all clear! Thanks for sharing the trip!
T&C – Most athletic couple on the planet.
I just spent an hour looking through old posts. Such good material here. Love it.
Hey Ted — my friend Betsy Herzog mentioned you (she and I were co-workers) and I’m currently in the Aspen/Basalt area for a few days before heading to Pb-ville for the last ~8 days or so before the big race.
Just wondering if you wanted to connect for a run. My email is email@example.com.
Dylan- Isn’t there a “no surfing” policy at TLN?
Either way, thanks. It’s fun to share.
Maybe we get together next week and talk about some ideas for DJB.com?
Brendan- I’ll email, maybe we could put something together. But if you’re already out of here, good luck in Leadville!
Awesome man. I definitely wanted to do that this summer, though don’t don’t think I have the running fitness since I am always on the bike. Thanks for the inspiration.
It’s tough to do it all. I haven’t been on the bike all that much myself.
Wow, and that is all in the outdoors for anyone to enjoy for free?
And to think of all the people who love to complain about how expensive Aspen can be. They just don’t know where to go I guess.
Free is good. Hopefully it can stay that way, but every so often we hear chatter of a permit system being put in place due to increased popularity.