Peak:  Maroon Peak (14er)
 Route:  Bells Traverse
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  kalestew
 Date of Info:  07/29/2021
 Date Posted:  07/31/2021

Ascended Maroon and descended North Maroon- route is dry and well cairned. There are some pieces of climbing gear left along the traverse (webbing around a rock at the top of the second spire, a cam above the left side of the third) but you don't need them to gain the c5 sections. Had to move slow down North Maroon's second gully to avoid dislodging all those loose boulders. Was a really fun and scenic day, but as many others have said that descent down North Maroon is soul crushing after the fun traverse. The final wide talus field before you're back to treeline starts stable but becomes increasingly loose the closer you get to grass.

Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) First c3 bit on Maroon looks just like the route photos#2) On the ridge looking at Maroon#3) Just before the gullies on Maroon#4) Maroon’s robot doorman#5) On Maroon’s summit, looking at North#6) At the saddle on the traverse, opposite of the Bell Chord#7) Final bit of traverse up to North in sight#8) Gaining the last bit of rock before the summit of North Maroon#9) The Precipice seen descending North#10) A look back towards the first gully of North Maroon & some of the upper gully route#11) View out towards Maroon Lake from the start of those never-ending ledges descending North

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