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Maroon Peak, Colorado

Maroon Peak's Elevation: 14,156 Feet

Maroon Peak's Rank Among Colorado's Fourteeners in Terms of Elevation: #24

Maroon Peak is located in the Elk Mountains

Maroon Peak requires a scramble

Best months for climbing Maroon Peak are June through September

Click here for a Mapquest map of Maroon Peak

Maroon Peak, with an elevation of 14,156 feet, is Colorado's 24th highest Fourteener. It and North Maroon Peak are separated by about a third of a mile, and are referred to as the Maroon Bells, but the saddle between the two peaks doesn't drop enough in elevation for North Maroon to be counted as a separate Fourteener. The Maroon Bells are two of the most challenging, yet picturesque, peaks in Colorado (the view of the Bells from the Maroon Creek Valley to the northeast is reputed to be the most photographed image in Colorado).

A climb of Maroon Peak involves steep climbing on downsloping, loose rock and seemingly solid mudstone which fractures easily - a National Park Service sign refers to the Bells as "The Deadly Bells." This nickname was earned in 1965, when eight climbers died in five separate accidents in a single year. Afternoon thunderstorms are a frequent occurence, and cell phones do not work in the area.


This page last updated 8/15/06

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