|Range/Region:||Elk Range Area|
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Year first climbed:||1890's|
|First successful climber(s):||C. Wilson|
|Nearest major airport:||Aspen, Colorado|
|Convenient Center:||Aspen, Colorado|
Maroon Bells are sometimes counted as two peaks, Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak. The saddle that separates them, however, is only a 234 foot drop, so geologically this is actually a single mountain with twin peaks. In any case, the Maroon Bells are perhaps the most picturesque of Colorado's fourteeners, but they are also the most challenging, offering steep climbing on poor rock.
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.