The Maroon Bells (Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak) are the two most photographed mountains in Colorado. Known for their striking color shades and layered rock, they’re a tempting climb. However, the mudrock that gives the peaks their vivid colors and layers are also extremely loose and rotten, making these peaks very dangerous. Handholds routinely crumble underneath you, and rockslide risk is confirmed. Climbing Maroon Peak is the easier of the two, but it’s by no means easy, best saved for experienced mountaineers. Plan a visit with my Maroon Peak route guide below.
Climbing Maroon Peak: Fast Facts
CAUTION: This Route is Hazardous!
You are responsible for your personal safety in the backcountry.
These peaks can be unpredictable and dangerous. Help is often hours or days away: your safety is primarily your responsibility. Prepare for your trek, understand your limits, be aware of the risks, and equip yourself with the necessary skills and gear.
Climbing Maroon Peak - South Ridge Route
For the best route description available, I recommend visiting the 14ers.com Route Guide for climbing Maroon Peak.