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.
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Maroon Bells, freshly dusted with snow, reflected in Maroon Lake at the height of the fall colors
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
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.