Triple Bipass Loop: Hasley, Frigid Air, & West Maroon (15 Aug 2014)

(Last Updated On: August 22, 2014)

I’ve done all parts of this loop before, but never the whole thing. With my dad in town, I put this hike high on the radar. With some of the most stunning mountain views and colorful wildflowers that the Crested Butte has to offer, I was eager to show the “Triple Bipass Loop” – Hasley, Frigid Air, and West Maroon – to my father.

We began at the West Maroon trailhead. After only 1/2 mile, the trail has an unobvious split. We took the left fork toward Hasley Pass. While the wildflowers were waning, especially in the valley, we still found spots where they were brilliant.

Triple Bipass Loop wildflowers

I’ve learned, recently, that these flowers are NOT asters. They are fleabane.
fleabane on Triple Bipass Loope

THESE are asters 🙂
Asters on the Triple Bipass Loop

Not sure of the name of this plant, but it reminds me of the Green Gentian or Monument plant, except red.
wildflower on Triple Bipass Loop

Many of the sunflowers were past their prime. But, occasionally we came across one in its perfection.
Sunflower on Triple Bipass Loop

A rainbow of colors.
Wildflowers on the way to Hasley Pass

I love this hike.
Sunflowers with North Pole Basin behind

Wildflowers on the Triple Bipass Loop

A view of the trail, the valley, and my dad hiking as we round our way up to the upper basin below Hasley Pass.
View of trail to Hasley pass

View from bench to Hasley Pass

Frigid Air held a fiery glow while the Maroon Bells loomed behind, towering in the shadows.
Frigid Air and the Maroon Bells

The views from the top of Hasley Pass are hard to beat, unless you drop down into Hasley Basin, which we did.
View from Hasley Basin

I call this my fairyland. It truly is a magical place.
View from Hasley Basin

King’s Crown, named for its nearly microscopic crowns housed in every flower.
King's Crown in Hasley Basin

After descending for a short bit into Hasley Basin, we followed a faint trail that traversed right into another basin.
Hasley Basin Trail

Views from the second basin, with paintbrush and elephant heads in the foreground.
Views of Belleview from near Hasley Basin

Another look at Snowmass.
snowmass seen from hidden basin

We found lots of sheep in this hidden basin.
sheep near Hasley Basin

So many sheep, it was hard to capture them all in pictures. Here’s one attempt.
Sheep with Snowmass behind

Some sheep cared that we were there. Others didn’t. Either way, we had to walk between an obvious split in the herd to make our way to the next saddle. sheep in hidden basin near Hasley Pass

We ascended the hidden basin to another pass where Frigid Air Pass lay across the way.
View of Frigid Air Pass

The faint trail we followed from this pass was decorated with plentiful wildflowers, like these sneezeweed and larkspur.
sneezeweed and larkspur near Frigid Air Pass

Alas we made our way on top of Frigid Air Pass, where the backside of the Maroon Bells stood proud before us.
Maroon Bells from Frigid Air

Looking down the magnificent Fravert Basin from Frigid Air Pass.
Fravert Basin from Frigid Air Pass

My dad on top of Frigid Air.
Terry Walker on Frigid Air Pass

Layers of mountains sprawled before us.
Treasure seen from Frigid Air

The trail to West Maroon hosted some of the best wildflowers we saw on our day’s hike.
Trail from Frigid Air to West Maroon

The intersection of the Frigid Air trail with the West Maroon Pass trail is always an interesting one. Do I really go up for another 30 minutes before I go down? Or should I just go down? Until this day, down had always prevailed. But, my dad and I headed up. I’d forgotten how beautiful it was from the top of the West Maroon Pass, having been there two years prior on our way to Aspen.
Brit on top of West Maroon Pass

After a quick spurt on West Maroon Pass, we headed downward toward the East Fork valley.
trail down from West Maroon Pass

Fields of fireweed smiled at us as we passed them by.
Fireweed on trail from West Maroon.

Thanks to my dad for letting me drag him along as a flatlander on this beautiful scenic hike. Fireweed peaking is a true sign of the end of summer. But, there is still much more playing in the mountains to do before the snow flies 🙂

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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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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!

2 thoughts on “Triple Bipass Loop: Hasley, Frigid Air, & West Maroon (15 Aug 2014)

  • August 19, 2014 at 8:05 pm
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    I think it is curly dock and in the buckwheat family!

  • August 21, 2014 at 2:19 pm
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    Cool! Thanks Laurie!

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