Maroon Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-24, By: Aardvark
Info: NOT summer conditions. Lots of snow in the couloirs leading up to the ridge. Micro spikes or crampons with an ice axe recommended or you will spend a lot of time trying to get around the couloirs. Snow conditions change throughout the day from ice hard to soft and slippery. 
Route: Bells Traverse
Posted On: 2022-06-22, By: timewarp01
Info: Some marshy areas on the trail around Crater Lake, and a few tricky stream crossings where you need to bushwhack up the creek a bit if you want to stay dry. One or two persistent snowfields on the slog up to gain the south ridge after leaving the West Maroon Trail. The snow was steep and very hard, and one party member had a bad slide. The crossings are short, but crampons/axe should be used. From the ridge to the summit there is zero snow on the standard route. The traverse was entirely dry until a short snowbank after the third crux, between the Leap of Faith and N Maroon. It required an annoying bypass on ledges below and to the east (right) of the saddle. The descent off N Maroon is almost entirely dry, but the base of the 4th class chimney feature has a cone of snow about 5 feet deep. On the one hand, it makes the downclimb shorter, but it was steep enough that an axe helped a lot. You'll probably get your feet wet on the stream crossing after the rock glacier. We met a guy during the traverse who had ascended the Bell Cord. He said the couloir was still in, but very soft by the time he topped out. 
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Route: Bells Traverse
Posted On: 2022-06-16, By: WillyGoat
Info: Did the traverse on 6/15/2022 from South to North. Ascended the Southeast Couloir to Maroon and descended the Northeast Ridge on N. Maroon. On the ascent snow was mostly continuous once you gain it above the trail, but there a couple of short sections of scree. Not much snow or ice on the traverse. I used my axe on a couple of sections and my crampons once for about 30'. Could probably safely make the traverse without an axe and crampons, but I preferred the security on the exposed sections. I found it relatively easy to stay on Class 4 terrain. I did not bring a rope and was happy with that decision. Whenever I hit an obstacle I stopped and looked around, in most instances there is an obvious trail to circumvent the challenge. Most obstacles were turned to the left (West). I found the descent trail surprisingly enjoyable and mostly snow free. Follow the ridge down to about 13,300' and then descend the gully, bear left to contour over to the next gully and repeat. There are frequent cairns and the trail gets more and more defined as you go. 
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Route: Y Couloir
Posted On: 2022-05-30, By: AlessiaAscent
Info: We summited Maroon Peak on 05/29/2022 via the Y Couloir. We were trying for the Bell Cord, but decided once there that the Bell Cord was too melted out and had too high a risk of rockfall. Instead, we took the Y Couloir, which is above the garbage chute. It's steeper than the Bell Cord, but the snow felt solid. There's a snow field starting around 10,100, with mild postholing towards the start of the Y Couloir. Ridge around 13,700 was windy, with lots of hail. It feels like mixed climbing, lots of snow and some loose rock. We took a route down and around, following cairns from the standard route. We had crampons and ice axes, as well as short roping from 12,000 feet on. All was necessary- it's easy to slip, and the ridge feels exposed. There's a cornice at the summit, and we stayed on climber's left. At the summit, we heard thunder, so we got off the ridge at quickly as possible. We downclimbed while being lowered on a rope about 200 feet on a time, kicking steps down the Couloir. The garbage chute has some avalanche debris, so be aware of that. We didn't need crampons as of around 12,000 feet, but stay to the climber's right- you'll get cliffed out of you go too far to either side. The trail from the bottom of the snowfield past crater lake is good- well established and no issues there. Overall, we chose a rough weather day, but the snow is solid and it's definitely possible right now! 
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Route: Bell Cord Couloir
Posted On: 2022-05-16, By: aksean22
Info: Climbed and skied the Bell Cord on Friday. Still good coverage but snow quality was not great for skiing. Lots of avy debris in the lower couloir and dirty, sun-cupped snow the rest of the way up. There is a great booter traversing out of the Bell Cord and up the East Face to the summit. 
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Route: Bell Cord Couloir
Posted On: 2021-10-18, By: kalestew
Info: (didn't climb, just posting conditions for folks looking to do so soon) It looks like the Bell Cord isn't totally in but she's holding a little snow. See pics. West Maroon Pass had about 3.5-4' FWIW 
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Route: Four Pass Loop
Posted On: 2021-10-03, By: thurs
Info: Last round of storms are done, leaving generally 1-3" above 11,000ft. South and east aspects already melted below 12,500ft. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2021-09-28, By: docgliv
Info: Trail dry, no ice or snow, GPX spot on, loose crumbly dirt/rock on approach to ridge are like walking on marbles, poles would be great for descent. Similarly, gullies full of very loose rock, not so fun on descent. We did Gully #2 and has plenty of solid rock on sides for hands. In my opinion, Bells Traverse is much more enjoyable route of up for challenge - mostly b/c descent so not fun on this route. A little under 9-1/2 hours car-to-car at moderate pace. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2021-09-19, By: durkan
Info: Solo ascent and descent via south ridge and the dreaded slopes form hell. Color change is currently happening! Route-finding was not bad; very well cairned, so just take your time and find the next one and solid routes. Descending the slopes definitely the crux for me, though. No seasonal water run-off after the turnoff from main trail. Have fun! Note: I am sure this report might not be terribly accurate with some snow moving in. 
Route: Bells Traverse
Posted On: 2021-09-11, By: mickknu16
Info: Summer conditions and bluebird day. 2800ft of suck is seriously no joke. Traverse was a blast. Big shoutout to CFI for their recent trail work on N Maroon. Was there last month, so it was cool to see the before and after. Crazy quiet day on these peaks and trails for Labor Day Monday... Joined a crew of 2 for the traverse and saw almost no one else on the mountain. 
Route: Bells Traverse
Posted On: 2021-08-26, By: jslove1
Info: Couple micro patches of lingering snow from last week, nothing of note. I post more to give reference info on route. Nothing harder (albeit as steep or steeper) than the standard route on the 2nd Flatiron. Could be made harder of course depending on route choice. Less mentally taxing than little bear to blanca trav, less exposure than the head wall on the Crestone trav (for me). The most important factors are weather, climbing/exposure/rock quality competence, and going with partners. The route finding is MUCH EASIER with multiple sets of eyes. It can be safe with those factors accounted for. Without, it could easily become nightmarish I would think. You can choose to scramble more in order to avoid some of the unpleasant loose lower angles. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2021-08-16, By: Mzapo
Info: Trail can be tough to find on the way up between 11,500 to 12,500 due to some loose rock areas that overlap the trail. The trail can also be tough to find on occasion from the gullies to the summit. Keep a careful eye out for cairns throughout the trip to find a safe way up and not descend too far down post summit. Beautiful hike but be ready for a long day. The last mile and a half after getting on the ridgeline took us 2 hours with the down climb in this area taking close to as much time as going up. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2021-08-11, By: ericd01
Info: Standard south ridge route past Crater lake, steep climb (~4000'/4mi) to summit in 6hrs from parking lot. Light wind with only a few afternoon clouds was good enough to make it a combo, traversing solo 2hrs to North Maroon Peak. Class 5 moves were fair & satisfying while route finding through loose rock west of ridge-line was not. Standard northeast route descent (~4500'/5mi) over cliff bands & talus fields finished the day at 12hrs. Scenic! 
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Route: Bells Traverse
Posted On: 2021-07-31, By: kalestew
Info: 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. 
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Route: Bells Traverse
Posted On: 2021-07-21, By: Ericsheffey
Info: South to North traverse. Full summer conditions on Maroon and North Maroon, as well as the traverse. No water on the trails or traverse either. Plenty of loose rock as always, check your holds and look for the solid rock. The descent down North Maroon was soul crushing after the fun we had on Maroon and the Traverse lol. Plan for plenty of time to get down North Maroon. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2021-07-16, By: ktfoote628
Info: Beautiful wildflowers on the approach to the ridge! Very stunning. Pretty straightforward route finding on the way up... my boyfriend and I joined a group of 3 guys and only saw one other group of 3 all day (with the exception of a few folks coming over on the traverse). We were on trail (almost) the entire approach. Notable exception is I got separated from the group for about 5 minutes and they couldn't hear me and quickly found myself on very exposed class 4 with loose rock trying to get to a place where I could see them.... lesson learned: keep it class 3 to stay on trail. Main condition report I wanted to add is gully 1 had water flowing down after Wednesday's rain... not sure how long it will last but we enjoyed ascending and descending Gully 2 which was only slightly damp. Going up, we hugged the left which was pretty solid and nice. Coming down, we tried the other side (perhaps out of laziness) and that was much looser. We had much more trouble with route finding coming down (until the end of the ridge) and made the classic mistake of dropping too early. Fortunately, we found a pretty decent way to cross over to the Big Gully and get back on trail. Usually, I find it easier to route find on the way down but all the loose rocks made it hard to visually pick out cairns and there's so many lines that look like they could be trails but they aren't. Once we left the ridge, route finding was very straightforward... my boyfriend and I donned old spikes to help with the loose, step descent. Enjoy! 
Route: Bells Traverse
Posted On: 2021-07-07, By: strausnb
Info: Did the traverse, due to rain the night before some of the rock was wet and slippery especially on technical parts. On the descent down North Maroon there are 2 belay stations, the second one you encounter was particularly wet where the belay station was for us. We found it easier and safer to instead go to climber's left down a series of steep rock “steps”. Be careful as always for falling rock and to keep space, glad I was wearing my helmet because my partner kicked a rock that landed on my head. 
Route: Bells Traverse
Posted On: 2021-07-07, By: ButterDips12
Info: Had a great day on the Bells Traverse July 2nd 2021. No traction is needed; conditions are full summer. The descent from N Maroon was tedious and took a while. It rained on us and we had some thunder roll in as we reached tree line. Timing is important on this route. 
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Route: Bells Traverse
Posted On: 2021-07-03, By: ladnerkm
Info: Hiked S Maroon solo. Left trailhead at 4 AM. Summited at 8:15 AM. Met a group of 5 likewise experienced hikers on the way up to summit. I tagged along with them on traverse to N Maroon. Traverse took about 1 hr. S Maroon, N Maroon, and Traverse all in summer conditions. No traction needed. Back to car at 2 PM. An amazing day! Make sure to GPS carefully for descent off of N Maroon. Easy to go the wrong way around the ridges. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-24, By: jdcoleman
Info: 95% summer conditions. A handful of patches of snow on the initial slopes, but trail hardly interacts with them. Dry along the ridge, but a few patches of snow along the tops of the gullies. Engaged with one after the second gully, but for the most part they are either avoidable or they make your decision making easier. Basically, it's summer. 
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