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North Maroon Peak

Beginning Elevation: 9,600 Feet (2992.5 Meters) Maroon Lake Trailhead
Difficulty: Extremely Difficult
Elevation Gain: 4,414 Feet (1375.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 14,014 Feet (4368.5 Meters) summit North Maroon Peak
Length, One-way: 10 Miles (16.67 Kilometers)
Other Maps: trails illustrated 128 Maroon Bells, Redstone, Marble

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Maroon Bells, freshly dusted with snow, reflected in Maroon Lake at the height of the fall colors
Copyright: - US Forest Service
Maroon Bells, freshly dusted with snow, reflected in Maroon Lake at the height of the fall colors
North Maroon Peak is the middle peak of the Maroon-Bells range. This majestic peak reaches a height of 14,014'. Some consider the Maroon Bells to be the most photographed mountain range in the United States. It is located southwest of Aspen on Maroon Creek Road.

The climb to North Maroon Peak summit is eight miles from the Maroon Lake Trailhead. Climbers will encounter steep snow fields and rotten rock. No one should attempt this climb without the proper equipment and without advanced mountain climbing skills.

A sign at the trailhead toward the Maroon Bells peaks reads: “The beautiful Maroon Bells, and their neighbor Pyramid Peak, have claimed many lives in the past few years. They are not extreme technical climbs, but they are unbelievably deceptive. The rock is downsloping, rotten, loose, and unstable. It kills quickly and without warning. The snowfields are treacherous, poorly consolidated, and no place for a novice climber. The gullies are death traps. Expert climbers who did not know the proper routes have died on these peaks. Don’t repeat their mistakes, for only rarely have these mountains given a second chance. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CLIMB IF NOT QUALIFIED”. The information provided here is for general information purposes only and no warranties are made as to its accuracy or suitability for use. This information is not sufficient to guarantee a safe climb. Use at your own risk and do not use if you are unable to assume full responsibility for you own safety.

Directions from Aspen: Drive 1/2 mile west of Aspen on Highway 82 and turn left onto Maroon Creek Road at the roundabout. Keep right and continue 9 1/2 miles to the Maroon Lake Parking Area. From mid-June through September, the Maroon Creek Road is closed from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and you will need to take a shuttle bus from the base lodge at the Aspen Highlands Ski Area. You can also catch a bus from Ruby Park in Aspen to the lodge. If you are taking the bus, you are well behind schedule and should attempt the climb on another day. The bus includes an informative guided tour of the valley. Contact the Roaring Fork Transit Agency at 925-8484 for more information.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Maroon - Snowmass Trail
ICON Mountain Climbing North Maroon Peak

Related Activities
Maroon Creek Road - Maroon Creek Road leads to Maroon Lake and the Maroon Bells, the most photographed mountains in the country. This route is good for taking an all day trip with a picnic stop.

Maroon Peak - Maroon Peak is one of the peaks within the Maroon Bells grouping. It's elevation is 14,156'. This is a dangerous climb that should only be attempted by well equipped and experienced mountain climbers.

Pyramid Peak - Pyramid Peak is one of Colorado's most difficult and dangerous fourteen thousand foot summits. No one should attempt this climb without the proper equipment and without advanced mountain climbing skills.

West Maroon Portal Trailhead - The West Maroon Portal provides access to the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. The Maroon Creek and Maroon-Snowmass Trails start from here.

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Visitor Information:

Aspen Ranger District, 806 W. Hallam , Aspen, CO, 81611, Phone: 970-925-3445


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