Peak:  North Maroon Peak (Unranked 14er)
 Route:  Bells Traverse
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  CoHi591
 Date of Info:  09/05/2019
 Date Posted:  09/06/2019
 Details

The Bells Traverse was absolutely incredible. Decently cairned. I found the second of the "three major difficulties" to be the most intense because of the exposure, but the climbing was better than I expected. As long as you're paying attention you can find solid rock. There were spots where we were making mid-class 5 moves but there were probably easier ways around those spots if you look for them.
It took us 1:45 between summits.
Getting down N. maroon was the most tedious part of the day. There is a pretty clear ramp between gullies that we used, and only one short area that took some poking around to get past a little cliff and relocate the trail. Having a GPS was helpful.

Left car at 4:20, took a leisurely pace on trail, ridge at 7 am, South summit 8:50-9:00, North summit at 10:45, and then a long 3 hours back to the car.




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