|Peak:||Maroon Peak (14er)|
|Route:||Bell Cord Couloir|
|Date of Info:||06/21/2020|
Agree with Jakomait's report, wanted to add a few notes and pictures. I had a good ascent up the bell cord, which was decent for climbing, but many exposed rocks and deep 8 ft+ runnels. It is an easy ascent to the right of the garbage chute cliffs, and just have to go through about 100ft of loose scree slope to connect that right ascent and the main couloir. I heard of someone climbing the waterfall, but I'm not that brave.
The traverse to S Maroon was 99.9% snow free, one easy optional snow move.
I attempted to ski down the couloir, and was only able to do a few jump turns near the top and the bottom, as it was less than 1-2 ft width of skiable snow for close to 1,000 ft near the choke due to rock and runnels. Bill Middlebrook would probably be able to ski it!
Also, I could not get a parking permit, so was fairly easy to park at Tiehack lift free parking, cross the pedestrian bridge to Maroon Creek Rd, and hitch a ride up. Plenty of campsites available at Crater lake, even for a weekend.
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