Route: Maroon Bells & Pyramid (CO)

Submitted by joseDeMoor on Tue, 08/04/2020 - 07:59pm
Colorado, US
16 mi
Vertical Gain
9800 ft

You can do the peaks in any order.  Once underway, definitely stay on the trails or climbers paths.  The other requirements:

1) start and finish at the Maroon Creek Trailhead; edge of the parking lot next to the bathroom. 

2) summit three peaks: Maroon Peak (14,156'), N. Maroon Peak (14,014'), and Pyramid Peak (14,018'). 

This Colorado 14er hat-trick has a mixture of runnable trail and technical terrain-particularly on the Bells Traverse-one of four "classic" 14er traverses in Colorado. Approximately 9,000' of vertical gain/loss and 12ish miles.

"Fells are what people in the north of England (especially in the Lake District ) call mountains and hills. Hence, fell running. Nothing to do with falling, but you may also do this a lot as the terrain is really rough and steep."

NOTE: Many Colorado 14ers should not be considered “backcountry” where you can go anywhere you want; their popularity can create a plethora of braided social paths that lasts for decades in the fragile tundra.  So if there is a trail, please stay on it!  Hundreds of volunteers work really hard to protect our beloved mountain environment (read here).



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I don’t advocate for short cutting switchbacks or going off trail. When I said no set route for this FKT I meant no set order for summiting the peaks. 
Hope this wasn’t misunderstood, I cherish these wild areas and want them to be protected until long after I’m gone.