North Maroon Peak

North Maroon is famous Colorado 14er in the Elk Range. It along with Maroon Peak encompass the famed Maroon Bells, some of Colorado's most iconic peaks. North Maroon is the more difficult to summit. From its base it looks unclimbable without ropes. The two Bells are separated by about a third of a mile and both are usually counted as fourteeners despite the sub-300 foot prominence of North Maroon. The traverse between the two Bells is one of the four great Colorado 14er traverses. Summiting both Bells in one day via this traverse is known as “Ringing the Bells”. The view of the Maroon Bells from the Maroon Creek valley is one of the most famous scenes in Colorado and is reputed to be the most-photographed spot in Colorado. These mountains are often called “The Deadly Bells” due to the loose, unstable, maroon-colored rock found on all routes.

North Maroon Peak SUMMIT LOG peakery first ascent by scott

23 members report climbing or hiking to the summit, most recently on Jul 3, 2014. Below are trip reports and shared pictures from their climbs.

Others who’ve summited North Maroon Peak

  • llama23
  • hauteroute
  • DandyDon
  • JohnTYoung
  • madeinus
  • TI83plus
  • Kidair
  • marmot
  • SkiBumDunn
  • bmannlein
  • RichardLawler
  • robertocampo

Routes Used trails & approaches

35% Northeast Ridge

35% Bells Traverse from Maroon Peak

11% Maroon Bells traverse North to South

5% Northface

5% Minnehaha Gulch to Northeast Face

5% Snowboard Descent of Northeast Face


  • scott scott
    commented on Aug 15, 2010
    tragedy: CU ski racer hit in head by loose rock, perishes in fall down Bell Chords Couloir. <img src=\\"><a href=\"\">See article here</a>"

SNAPSHOTedit info


14,019 ft / 4,273 m


234 ft / 71 m

Height Rank Range

Elk Mountains


Colorado, United States

Summited by

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  • scott
  • llama23
  • hauteroute
  • DandyDon
  • tygrubb
  • JohnTYoung
  • susanjoypaul
  • mirhash
  • madeinus
  • TI83plus
  • Kidair
  • hurdles

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