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Maroon Bells Traverse

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Created/Edited: Jul 21, 2010 / Jan 8, 2012

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Approach from the Maroon Lake Trailhead

The standard approach to South Maroon Peak is described here.

Sunrise on Maroon Peaks
Sunrise: Maroon Peaks as seen from West Maroon Trail above Crater Lake
North Maroon Peak at sunrise
First morning light on North Maroon Peak.


Maroon Peaks at sunrise
Sunrise: Maroon Peaks as seen from West Maroon Trail above Crater Lake


South Maroon Peak

View from the standard route up Maroon Peak
View south from the standard route on Maroon Peak.
One of the local residents on the South Ridge of Maroon Peak
One of the local residents on the South Ridge of Maroon Peak.
The chimney on the standard route of Maroon Peak
After some hiking on the South Ridge, you will encounter this chimney.
The exit from the chimney
Climb straight up the chimney and exit left up this large crack.
Typical conditions on the upper standard route
Typical conditions on the upper part of the standard route on Maroon Peak.
Summit ridge of South Maroon Peak
Summit ridge of Maroon Peak.
Maroon Peak: view west from summit ridge
Maroon Peak: view west from the summit ridge.
South Maroon Peak: summit view north
South Maroon Peak: summit view north.

Ridge Traverse

An excellent route description of the traverse between South and North Maroon Peaks can be found here on 14ers.com. Captions in this album refer to the names and diagrams used on that page (i.e "the second spire", etc.).
Maroon Bells Traverse
View north after descending from the summit of South Maroon Peak.
The notch above Bell Cord Couloir
Standing in the notch above the Bell Cord Couloir.
Looking back at the descent route from South Maroon
Looking at the descend route from South Maroon after climbing out of the notch.
Maroon Bells Traverse: approaching the crux
Approaching the second spire.
Maroon Bells Traverse: the lower part of the second spire
Looking up the lower part of the second spire.
Looking down the lower pitch on the second spire
Looking down the pitch on the lower part of the second spire.
The upper part of the second spire
The upper part of the second spire.
Looking down the upper pitch on the second spire
Looking down the upper pitch on the second spire.
Looking south from the top of the second spire
Looking south from the top of the second spire.
Maroon Bells Traverse: the final section
The final section of the Maroon Bells Traverse. View from the top of the second spire.

Maroon Bells Traverse: view west
Maroon Bells Traverse: view west towards Capitol Peak and Snowmass Mountain.


North Maroon Peak

North Maroon Peak
North Maroon Peak as seen on the final stage of the traverse from South Maroon Peak.
North Maroon Peak: summit view south
North Maroon Peak: summit view south.
North Maroon Peak: summit view north
North Maroon Peak: summit view north.
Capitol Peak and Snowmass Mountain from North Maroon Peak
Capitol Peak and Snowmass Mountain from North Maroon Peak.
North Maroon Peak: looking down Maroon Creek Valley
North Maroon Peak: looking down Maroon Creek Valley.
Pyramid Peak from NE Ridge of North Maroon
Northeast Ridge route on North Maroon Peak: view towards Pyramid Peak.
The upper NE Ridge of North Maroon Peak
The upper NE Ridge of North Maroon Peak
Climber trail on the lower NE Ridge of North Maroon
Climber trail on the lower NE Ridge of North Maroon
Pyramid Peak from the lower NE Ridge of North Maroon
Pyramid Peak from the lower NE Ridge of North Maroon
North Face of North Maroon Peak
North Face of North Maroon Peak

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strudolyubovRe: Nice!

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The traverse itself is not bad. If you stay on/close to the ridge crest, it is mostly Class 3-4 scrambling on a relatively solid rock with two short low-mid Class 5 sections (but there are plenty of good holds). The initial descent from South Maroon is unpleasant with lots of loose stuff around. The same thing applies to the descent from North Maroon.
Posted Jul 29, 2010 10:53 pm

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