Peak(s):  Maroon Peak  -  14,156 feet
North Maroon Peak  -  14,014 feet
Pyramid Peak  -  14,018 feet
Castle Peak  -  14,265 feet
Conundrum Peak  -  14,060 feet
Date Posted:  09/23/2008
Date Climbed:   09/05/2008
Author:  Always_Wear_Sunscreen

 3 Glorious days in the Elk Range - including the Bells Traverse  

Stats (as reported by after uploading my track logs):
Backpack into camp (with a lot of exploring the different designated sites): 3.25 miles, 2:11, elevation gain 1222'
Side trips to waterfall: 3.2 miles, 2:40, elevation gain 997'
Pyramid Peak: 6.96 miles, 8:20, elevation gain 4458'
Maroon Peak, traverse, N Maroon Peak: 8.46 miles, 11:38, elevation gain 6128'
Castle/Conundrum: 8.12 miles, 7:04, elevation gain 4140'

Elevation gain: 16,945'
Mileage: 32.0 miles
Summits: 5 (Pyramid, Maroon Peak, N Maroon, Castle, Conundrum)
Total time: 33 hrs

Well, it all started back in early August when I started looking at doing the Bells Traverse. The weather prevented a reasonable attempt, so these mountains were still on my todo list. After Labor Day weekend I was watching the weather and saw that the weekend was going to be very nice and almost 0% chance of storms. So, I pulled out my route info and packed up my gear and headed to the Maroon Bells TH. The plan was to climb Pyramid on Friday, Maroon Peak on Saturday, and N Maroon on Sunday unless I could a climbing partner for the traverse. As fate would have it, I met a climber on Pyramid and we joined up to do the Bells traverse and then did Castle/Conundrum on Sunday. Five peaks on three perfect days!

I split the trip report up into 3 reports to cover the different climbs.


Bells traverse



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