North Maroon Peak

HARD 7 reviews

North Maroon Peak is a 8 mile out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

8.0 miles
4,642 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



wild flowers


A difficult and dangerous hike up Aspens premier summit. Start down the trail along the right (North) side of Maroon Lake and take the trail that leads up to Crater Lake. Look for the turn off on the right about halfway along Maroon Lake. Follow the trail towards Crater Lake and look for a set of signs before the lake on the right. Turn right onto the trail hear that heads towards Buckskin Pass. Keep an eye on the left side of the trail for a small cairn. Turn left here and drop down to cross Minnehaha Creek. Follow the trail as it ascends a loose rock field and then crosses a large rock glacier where you need to follow cairns closely. After the glacier the trail will traverse to the East face of North Maroon. The hiking really begins here. Follow the well laid trail up the first gulley, it will eventually cross over to the left to a second gulley and then reach the ridge. Follow the trail you find to be best, if it gets to hard look for another. Be cautious as this mountain is very deadly.

1 day ago

Echoing previous reviews... this mountain is not to be trifled with. It's less of a hike and more of a challenging mountaineering route. If it's your first 14er, don't go. If you're not completely confident in your ability, don't go. If you didn't bring proper gear (helmet, layers for bad weather, lots of water) don't go. Uncomfortable with airy climbs and steep drop offs? Definitely don't go. Everything past the first gulley is steep, technical and relentless. Definitely review the route on definitely get an alpine start - it will take considerably longer than other hikes of similar distances. Even if you don't have knee issues, poles are a game changer on the steep and loose descent. After branching off from Minnehaha Gulch, there is nearly zero chance to refill your water this time of year, so bring more than you think you'll need. All that said, it was very rewarding to make it to the top... feels like a major accomplishment. The view is epic from start to finish.

6 months ago

Use the 14ers website for this peak and don't go without previous experience on 14ers.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Steep steep steep. We just hiked up to the meadow and back. A steep rocky uphill climb with a payoff of a meadow dotted with wild flowers and some overly friendly marmots. DON'T FEED THE WILDLIFE! The trail is congested until the Buckskin Pass turn off and then basically deserted after the North Maroon turn off. Beautiful views of the Maroon Creek Valley looking back at Crater and Maroon Lakes.

Monday, September 12, 2016

technical but amazing! not for beginners or faint of heart

rock climbing
Friday, January 30, 2015

North Maroon Peak and Maroon Peak are very difficult 14ers of Colorado. They should be attempted with a lot of experience in Mountaineering and mountain safety. The Bells are also called the "Deadly Bells" because of the deaths that have happened over the years in the Maroon Bells Wilderness.
For me both peaks were magnificent and enjoyed the challenge very much. North Maroon Peak completed a 10 year goal to climb the 54 Colorado 14ers with my best friend along for the ride. The crumbling rock makes climbing N. Maroon, Maroon Peak, and even Pyramid Peak very challenging. We made sure our footing was solid each step as we ascended the gully up the NE ridge. Especially challenging above 12,900ft in the second gully. Rock fall in this area is very dangerous. Above all it is a great mountain, and one I will probably climb again in the future.

14 days ago

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