Maroon Bells avalanche decimates Crater Lake campground
PITKIN COUNTY, Colo. -- Campers beware. A giant avalanche buried half of the designated camping spots around Crater Lake in the Maroon Bells Wilderness, as shown in the panoramic photo accompanying this story. On a recent climb up the Colorado Classic Bell Cord Couloir, I walked right through heaping piles of debris. I was stunned to find trees ripped up and tossed around like match sticks. Beneath all the rocks, trees and snow, there are dozens of now-decimated camping spots, many of which I've had the pleasure of enjoying.