South Maroon Peak

  • For the majority of the year, South Maroon Peak (14,156 ft.) can provide aspiring mountaineers the opportunity to hone technical snow climbing skills on the classic 'Y' couloir. For a mid-summer classic 14'er experience the standard South Ridge is a must do. In addition, when conditions permit, it is hard to beat the thrill of climbing the 3,000'+ Bell Cord Couloir that centrally disects South and North Maroon Peak and then continues on to the summit of South Maroon Peak via the airy North West Ridge.  

    Our AMGA trained and certified mountain guides will tailor a memorable, one-of-a-kind climbing adventure just for you! 

  • Duration: approximately 8-10 hrs, depending on fitness level

    Location: The guide will be in touch with you the day before to determine your meeting place, time & any other miscellaneous details. Please call 970-925-7625 for any questions.

    Maximum Guide Ratio:  3:1 (Standard route), 2:1 (Y-Couloir & Bell Cord)

    Fitness Level: You should maintain an overall general level of fitness as this climb is challenging.

    Includes: AMGA trained/certified mountain guide, use of all technical equipment (helmet, harness, climbing equipment, ropes, packs, etc.), and a 3% USFS land use surcharge.

    Not included: water, lunch/snack food, and a tip for your guide.

  • Prep- Your guide will contact you the day before at the voice number you give us to discuss an appropriate plan for you and to confirm a meeting place and start time. You will be provided with a helmet and any other necessary gear.

    The Day - Meet your guide at your pre-determined location and head up to the Maroon Bells day parking area by the lake. This hike typically begins with an early, alpine start to beat any of the days’ weather. Your route depends on whether you are hiking the standard South Ridge, the Y-Couloir, or the Bell Cord. Each of these ascents is a ‘classic’ in itself. (Water, lunch/snacks are not included).


    The following items are provided for your climbing day:

    • Harness
    • Helmet
    • Climbing Equipment
    • Ropes
    • Backpack



    • Socks: thin hiking socks, wool or synthetic
    • Bottoms: pants or shorts should be comfortable & allow the freedom of movement
    • Top: synthetic or woolt-shirts, tank-tops or long sleeves - no cotton!
    • Warm layer:nice to have along as the temperatures can vary with altitude and shade 
    • Warm Jacket:a down or synthetic - perfect for night time and early am start
    • Rain Jacket: a waterproof jacket, in case of occasional afternoon rain showers
    • Hats:one with brim to keep sun off your face and one for warmth
    • Helmet(provided for you by AE)


    • Water bottle
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen and lip balm: water/sweat-proof
    • Toiletries, Personal first-aid kit:for your personal meds/needs
    • Camera or Smartphone
    • Water, Lunch/Snack food 

    Summers in Aspen tend to be warm and mild, but temperatures can easily drop as you head up in elevation, for example on Independence Pass. Rain/thunderstorms occasionally occur, more often than not in the afternoon rather than mornings. Rain gear will be essential if necessary. Participants will travel in the backcountry and should be prepared for any or all weather conditions. 

  • It is suggested that you maintain a good level of physical fitness, as these climbs are challenging. Exercise uphill with a moderate-sized pack. Go for long runs or bike rides - try to increase your cardiovascular health.  


    Colorado has 54 14,000-foot peaks! Let us help you summit the ones here in the Elk range, including North Maroon Peak, Pyramid Peak, Capitol, Snowmass Peak and Castle Peak. We also guide Mount Elbert (the highest of the 54-14ers), and La Plata (the fifth highest).  

  • Booking/Cancellation policy: AE requires a full credit card or cash/check payment to hold your reservation. Cancellations made within 14 days of a scheduled climb will be charged full price. Travel Guard insurance is available via website.

    Risk Management

    Please note: AEW's number one priority is your safety. Many conditions affect our guides' decisions in the mountains, including client fitness and comfort, weather conditions and route conditions. There are inherent hazards in mountain travel such as inclement weather, avalanches, rock fall, ice fall that our guides manage yet cannot eliminate. The combination of our guides' formal training and wealth of experience assures that their sound decision create an enjoyable and safe mountain experience.Aspen Expeditions reserves the right to turn around or change routes without refunds or credits under any conditions. 

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