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.
Copyright: Michael Hills - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
The Maroon Bells from Crater Lake
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.
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.
June through August
(NOTE: Snow may obstruct the route at high elevations.)