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Quick Facts

Maroon Peak

Beginning Elevation: 9,600 Feet (2992.5 Meters) Maroon Lake Trailhead
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain, One-way: 4,600 Feet (1433.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 14,156 Feet (4412.7 Meters) Summit, Maroon Peak
Length, One-way: 10 Miles (16.67 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated #128 Maroon Bells, Redstone, Marble
USGS Maps: Maroon Bells

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

The Maroon Bells from Crater Lake
Copyright: Michael Hills - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
The Maroon Bells from Crater Lake
Maroon Peak (elevation 14,156') is one of the peaks within the Maroon Bells grouping. It is the southern most (left) peak as viewed from Maroon Lake. The Bells were named by the men in the Hayden survey during the 1870s for their bell-like shape. The Maroon Bells are located in the Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness Area southwest of Aspen.

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.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: June through August (NOTE: Snow may obstruct the route at high elevations.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Did North Maroon Oct. 21st. Weather was very good, sunny and little wind. Did reach snow at about 12,000'. It became 1 foot deep on Northeast ridge at 13,000'. Made for slippery conditions along with the ice covered rocks in places. Snow depth became 1 1/2' at 13,700'. Needed gaiters as snow came up to knees. Summit was breezy and frozen. However, it was bare of snow. Downclimb was slippery and had to be extra careful. Made summit in 3 1/2 hrs. Was 7th climb for me. Met 4 others on mountain. Peak is not for beginners or moderate skilled hikers!!!!!!!!! Craig Greenshields/ Co. Springs

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

Related Activities
Maroon Creek Area - The Maroon Bells Recreation Area is located southwest of Aspen and is subject to entrance fees. The most photographed peaks in North America, the spectacular Maroon Bells, are the focal point of this area.

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.

North Maroon Peak - North Maroon Peak is the middle peak of the Maroon-Bells range. No one should attempt this dangerous climb without the proper equipment and without advanced mountain climbing skills.

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.

West Maroon Trail - This trail is one of the most heavily used trails in the Aspen area. Hikers, backpackers and horse travelers enjoy the wildflowers and access to the wilderness areas.

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Visitor Information:

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


Local Lodging

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