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North Maroon Peak

Name History (North Maroon Peak)

Title: Naming of North Maroon Peak

Entered by: 14erFred

Added: 5/14/2010, Last Updated: 5/14/2010

Sources: Hart, J.L.J. (1977). Fourteen thousand feet: A history of the naming and early ascents of the high Colorado peaks (Second Edition). Denver, CO: The Colorado Mountain Club.

The Hayden U.S. Government Survey of 1874 originally named the peak "Maroon Mountain" for its distinctive color. Locals began calling the Mountain the "Maroon Bells" for the two prominent bell-shaped tops that form its twin 14,000-foot summits. The southern bell later became known as "Maroon Peak," and its northern neighbor became known as "North Maroon Peak."