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Northeast Ridge 

   
Type:  Trad, Alpine, Grade II
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Submitted By: Furthermore on Jun 6, 2002

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Dave cruising the ridge below the summit (June 200...

Description 

Start from Maroon Lake Trailhead, and hike the Maroon trail via the Maroon-Snowmass trail until you are level with the bottom of the north face basin. From here, traverse across the bottom of the basin under the north face until you are under the ridge. When you reach the bottom of the ridge continue traversing on some ledges below the ridge to the south, until you reach the first grassy east facing gully leading up to the ridge. Be sure you don't hike beyond this gully; the rock gets very loose, and cliffs out. From the east facing gully, scramble up the gully until you join up with the northeast ridge. At the top of the Gully you might encounter a few short class 4 cliff bands. Once on the ridge follow it to the summit. While on the ridge, you might confront a few class 4 bands with some exposure. Overall, if you stay somewhat on route, the rock is fairly solid, and despite how loose they reference the rock conditions to be in the fourteener books, it is not that bad.

Protection 

A rope and some slings if you want to rappel the short class 4 cliff bands down, but it is not really needed.


Photos of Northeast Ridge Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Follow the red dots.
BETA PHOTO: Follow the red dots.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ben Williams scouting the route, Northeast Ridge o...
Ben Williams scouting the route, Northeast Ridge o...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking Back at Maroon Lake just below the summit.
Looking Back at Maroon Lake just below the summit.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunrise on the Bells.
Sunrise on the Bells.
Rock Climbing Photo: Nice day
Nice day
Rock Climbing Photo: Finishing a short cliff band at the top of the gra...
Finishing a short cliff band at the top of the gra...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ben Williams as seen on a typical view of the Nort...
Ben Williams as seen on a typical view of the Nort...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ben Williams and two other climbers scrambling dow...
Ben Williams and two other climbers scrambling dow...
Rock Climbing Photo: S. Maroon as seen from the trail up N. Maroon.
S. Maroon as seen from the trail up N. Maroon.

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By Furthermore
Dec 6, 2003

Don't get me wrong, there is still lots of lose rocks! Wear a helmet.
By Doug Redosh
From: Anchorage, Alaska
Sep 11, 2005

The route, as of last weekend, was well cairned all the way to the summit. The only place we went wrong was leaving the main trail too early at a cairn. The better climber's trail is another 5 - 10 mins. of hiking further - one sees the herd path heading off to the left thru the meadow. Descend to the creek, then follow the good path. Once high in the grassy gully mentioned, the path heads to the south to another gully. The chimney on the summit ridge is kind of hard for fourth class, but one still does not need a rope.
By Brian Story
May 4, 2007

This route can be skied in big snow years.
By Daniel Trugman
From: La Jolla, CA
Nov 7, 2007

On the crux dihedral, there occasionally is a fixed rope, but don't trust it until you check its anchor. If you need a rope, you're better off bringing your own.
By fishermrtn
From: Rogers, AR
Apr 25, 2016
rating: PG13

Beautiful area, terrible rock. The crux is a V0/V-easy problem in boots at 13,800. Not bad on the way up, easy enough for a clean downclimb. If you're out on the weekend, be ready for rocks to rain down the gullies on top of you for an hour or so. If you're a weekend hiker who's been up Evans twice and La Plata once, work in one or two more challenging peaks before you try this one.

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