|Peak:||Maroon Peak (14er)|
|Route:||Bell Cord Couloir|
|Posted By:||Cool Hand Luke|
|Date of Information:||06/26/2011|
The Bell Cord was in good condition for a climb as of 6/26, wouldn't recommend it for a ski descent though. Snowshoes are not needed to get to the base; there are some areas where the trail is covered by Crater Lake, but the route using camp site trails is straight forward.
From the base the couloir to the left has continuous snow, the narrow middle couloir ends with a waterfall. We followed the large runnel up after about 11,800 ft; use caution as all debris funnels into this runnel. At about 12,600 ft we exited the runnel to the left and proceeded to the top of the Cord.
After the topping out on the Cord the route is almost completely snow free minus a few small sections. An early start is necessary; we left our camp at Crater Lake at 4:00 AM and started descending the Bell Cord around 10:00. A group that climbed it on Friday recommended using two axes; we were comfortable only using one tool but it all comes down to preference. Have fun!