TR: Land of Enchantment – Hasley & Frigid Air Pass Hike

(Last Updated On: July 12, 2017)

I’ve done my share of hiking, biking, skinning, climbing and skiing in the mountains around Crested Butte and beyond. Through these adventures, I’ve visited hundreds of magical places and gazed upon scene after scene that belong in some Monet painting or Ansel Adams photo. Though these places have each left their mark in my lasting memory, my hike to Hasley and Frigid Air has left one of the greatest lasting impressions. It is a beautiful hike full of some of the most stunning scenery that Colorado has to offer. But words can’t capture the feeling. So, let me try to entice you with photos.

Eddy (borrowed dog) and I began from the Schofield Park trailhead.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

We began hiking up the East Fork Valley.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

As we were hiking, I heard some unusual noises to my left. I looked up the hillside to find a large herd of sheep.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

Mountain Gentians.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

After about 2 miles, there is a split in the trail pointing toward Hasley Pass.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

The trail began to climb steeply out of the valley. Looking toward West Maroon Pass, the saddle in the distance.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

The hill was covered with scattered Monument plants, which only flower once and may not do so for 70 years.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

The trail flattened as it reached an upper bench that passed through this scenic basin. Hasley Pass is in the distance on the right.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

The basin was filled with more sheep.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

Notice the sheep dog on the left.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

Looking back down the basin, with Belleview Mountain and West Maroon pass in the distance on the left.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

A closer view of Belleview Mountain.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

The other Bellview – Yes, spelled differently too. Mount Bellview.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

The backside of the Maroon Bells and Frigid Air pass.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

But the best views were found when reaching the pass and gazing over to the other side and into Hasley Basin. The view was absolutely stunning.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

Eddy liked it too.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

Close-up of Siberia, Snowmass, and Hagerman. Notice a small slice of Capitol peaking out behind Snowmass.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

Love this feature.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

Self-portrait.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

To loop back toward Frigid Air Pass, the route is unmarked and somewhat unclear for those not familiar with the area. I first followed the trail for a few minutes down into Hasley Basin. There is a split in the trail that leads toward the right through a pile of scree.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

After passing the scree, the trail continues downward and continues to fade and doesn’t seem to go anywhere. Instead of following the trial after the scree, it is best to contour through the tundra, heading toward this saddle.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.
Please note, I never saw a route marked with cairns or even a faint path through this section. Just head toward the saddle.

After passing over the saddle, there is a more distinct trail leading east toward Frigid Air Pass. Looking back at the saddle.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

The trail leads to this sign, and Frigid Air is not far (see the trail in the photo). Note that the trail from Hasley Basin is not marked.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

The trail climbs steeply as it nears Frigid Air pass.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

Looking back down, and at the route from which I came, from close to the top of Frigid Air Pass.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

I had gazed upon the Bells from Frigid Air during the spring months where all was snow-covered. But, this was my first time in summer. Still stunning!
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

Looking down Fravert Basin.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

Looking down the other side, East Fork valley.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

After enjoying the views from Frigid Air, we continued down the East Fork valley, enjoying the spectacular wildflowers along the way.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

The trail traverses to the southwest for about 1.5 miles before dropping much elevation, offering great views of the upper “sheep” basin we passed through on our way to Hasley.
Hiking to Hasley Pass and Frigid Air Pass near Crested Butte, CO.

All in all, this hike is about 10.5 miles and about 2900 vertical feet. Another day of excellent exploring this land of enchantment. I personally believe that this is the most scenic hike in the Crested Butte area and has easily become a favorite of mine. So, get out there, and enjoy the vastness and the views!

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Brittany Walker Konsella

Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things,Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate 🙂 Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

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Hasley & Frigid Air Pass Hike
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Hasley & Frigid Air Pass Hike
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The loop connecting Hasley Pass & Frigid Air Pass is one of the most scenic hikes in the Crested Butte area. Full of wildflowers too!
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Brittany Walker Konsella

Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things, Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate :) Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

7 thoughts on “TR: Land of Enchantment – Hasley & Frigid Air Pass Hike

  • May 28, 2013 at 6:00 pm
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    Hey Brittany…I just love your site…being a photographer it is really helping me get a gameplan for my upcoming visit in late July…your work here is wonderful, committed and just plain excellent…I imagine it is a labor of love but I wanted to say thank you for the work and for your mountain passion! It shows…I plan to rough camp at the trailhead and take a couple of day hikes deep into the this country especially Halsey, Frigid and over the wall toward Aspen….great stuff…Thanks again…best…Steve

  • September 25, 2014 at 8:16 am
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    Brittany, we did this hike yesterday. You are correct. It is one of the most spectacular hikes we have ever done. After leaving the pass at Halsey, we thought we were a little lost. However, we innately did as you instructed here. Lucky us! Thanks for sharing. I almost felt like I was walking the hike again. I was also glad to get the name of the blue flower in one of your first slides. Keep hiking.

  • September 28, 2014 at 7:51 pm
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    Hi Trilby – So glad you enjoyed your hike! Thanks for your comment too!

  • July 19, 2016 at 11:39 pm
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    How was the drive to the trailhead?

  • July 20, 2016 at 3:20 pm
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    The drive was beautiful Jesica! If you’re wanting to know more about road conditions, that varies from year to year. But typically it’s on the rougher side for a passenger car. I slightly higher clearance car is recommended.

  • July 20, 2016 at 3:25 pm
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    I’ve seen a video and it looks like u could fall off the cliff. Are you that close? We have a Jeep Patriot. Thanks!

  • July 20, 2016 at 3:48 pm
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    There is one exposed spot before Emerald Lake that has room for only one car. But if you know how to keep your car in one lane you’ll be fine! No big deal at all!

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