Peak:  Maroon Peak (14er)
 Route:  South Ridge
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  Wild Bill
 Date of Info:  07/19/2020
 Date Posted:  07/20/2020

Okay trail condition. The trail is under heavy use so erosion is a factor with poor foot holds. When you gain the main ridge the trail is actually easier. Once you start up the main gulley (west side) grab left when you can and start climbing. You gain and lose grade for a while before you start for a more direct climb. Overall it's an easy climb. Still allow yourself some time for route finding.

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 Comments or Questions
good class 3?
07/20/2020 16:40
My dad and I have done 11 14ers total, all class 1 and 2. We were wondering if this would be a good first class 3?

Black Bear

07/23/2020 15:42
I would not recommend Maroon Peak as your first Class 3. The rock is very unstable and the route isn't the most straightforward if you haven't done routes that require routefinding before. I would try Castle/Conundrum, the Crestones, Kit Carson, etc. to get some experience with scrambling and see if you are comfortable with Class 3 and then try for Maroon. These other routes have much more stable rock, are generally easier than Maroon, are more straightforward, and is usually how most people progress into harder routes.

Wild Bill
07/28/2020 13:26
Maroon does have lots of loose rock. I wouldn€„˘t try Crestone Needle before Maroon however. Maybe Blanca and Ellingwood.

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