The Spiral Point Hike is simply unforgettable.
I accompanied Liz to her annual conference in Snowmass Village last year and took full advantage of the experience. The absolute highlight of my trip was hiking up to Spiral Point. The trek from the hotel, the Westin Snowmass Resort, was about 2.25 miles from the foot of the hotel to the top.
And it is the top – Spiral Point – that will take your breath away! It’s one of those unique places on earth that evokes in my mind a distinguished passage from Edward Abbey:
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets’ towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you beyond the next turning of the canyon walls.”
The hike to the top most certainly led me to the “most amazing view.” Spiral Point, also known as the Yin Yang, is a lookout site that has 360-degree views of Snowmass Mountain, Mt. Daly, and Capital Peak. You can also see Ziegler Reservoir, the site of the famous Snowmastodon site.
I hit the summit and the 25-foot marble awaited my arrival. I found myself surrounded by the grandeur of the Elk Mountains…and there wasn’t another human in sight. I took 20 minutes to meditate and another 45 to practice sun salutations. All of this while ominous clouds began circling from all directions.
As a seasoned Colorado hiker, I knew the dark clouds signaled the immediate need to retrace my steps to the Westin. I heeded nature’s call and descended back to civilization below. But my heart, soul, and mind brought a special piece – a memory – of spiral point down with me.
Here’s how you can begin your transcendence on the Spiral Point Hike: From Highway 82 (the highway that runs between Glenwood Springs and Aspen), head west on Brush Creek Road (the main road into Snowmass). Follow Brush Creek Toad for 2.7 miles, then take the first exit at the roundabout. Continue another 2.8 miles up Brush Creek Road beyond the roundabout. Turn right onto Carriage Way Road and go 0.1 miles. The Lot 8 Parking Lot will be on your right. The trail starts out of the north end of the parking lot.