Taking the South Maroon route past Crater lake offered better footing. Traversed over to North Maroon Peak in 2hrs. Class 5 moves were fair & satisfying, while route finding through loose rock was not. Scenic descent (~4500'/5mi) over cliff bands, gulleys,& talus fields finished the day at 12hrs parking lot to parking lot. North Maroon Peak is the scenic side!
This was #54 of my list of 58 Colorado 14ers. We went guided because of the extension route finding. This has ended up being one of my favorites even though I have been pretty terrified of it. We had perfect weather and I was accompanied by perfect people, Michael and Ted.
#1 07-01-2020. W/ Lana and Ted Mahon. Avoided 98% of lingering snow fields. Used ice axes crossing 2 short snowy spots but didn’t need crampons. A rewarding 12-hour day with ideal weather. On this particular mountain route finding can be time consuming so we hired a guide, Ted, from Aspen Alpine Guides, and it was worth it.
Talus slog. Great views!
After climbing Bell Cord and South Maroon, did the exciting and snowy Bells Traverse solo; descended northeast ridge to Gunsight couloir
Climbed via traverse from S. Maroon
Great way to start July! Standard route is steep and appropriately challenging, as advertised. Goats on N Maroon are friendlier than on Maroon or Pyramid, though still pretty bold. Hot day.
With CMC group led my Mark SIlas. Blue skies, light breeze, fun route. It is steeper and more consistently unforgiving (if you stumble) than folks' photos make it look. If you hunt around, solid rock is fairly easy to find. The crux is straightforward.
When it's in, this is a really fun, steep snow climb, which gets a bit more shade than the Bell Cord or standard north face. Trip report.
This was a guided tour with 5 folk, including one solid climber. We day hiked in, after driving over Independence Pass. Probably the prettiest country I'd ever seen, and ever may. Bluebird day. Everyone made it to the top.
Did the Bell Cord, Maroon Peak then the traverse to North Maroon. Awesome Day with Pete Lardy
Very interesting and exciting climb, loose rocks everywhere, but some pretty amazing views from the top. Great day!
Did the famed South to North Traverse.
Awesome climb! Suck it, dude at the ute mountaineer in Aspen!
the traverse was nice, the descent from N. Maroon was long..
Camped at Crater Lake the night before, left at 5:30am and got to the top of the Bell Cord Couloir by 9am (its a long climb, especially with no warm up). We did South Maroon Peak first (very easy from the saddle) and then did North Maroon (not as easy). Most of it seemed class 3+ with a few in your face class 5 moves. Awesome traverse though! Going down North Maroon was interesting. That was probably the hardest part of the day and the most worrisome part as well. There was a bunch of snow on the standard route so finding our way down was a little interesting at times.
Climbed the Bell Cord to S. Maroon. Retrieved gear from the col and continued onto the traverse to N. Maroon. Descent off N. Maroon was precarious. Snow was REALLY BAD.
Traverse was exciting. One of the best ridge climbs I've done to date!!
Maroon Bells traverse (unofficial 14er finishers--all but Culebra)
Traverse from South to North Maroon Bell free solo. Very fun climbing!!! Monstrous peaks with the elevation rise. Amazing views of them from the lake, too.