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Northeast Ridge T
Type: Trad, Alpine, Grade II
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Furthermore on Jun 5, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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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.

New Approach courtesy of the CO 14ers Initiative

From Martin le Roux: from Maroon Lake, follow the Crater Lake Trail and then the Buckskin Pass trail. The North Maroon approach trail leaves the Buckskin Pass trail at 10,800', about a mile after the junction with the Crater Lake Trail. Cross a creek (Minnehaha Gulch), and zigzag up scree slopes for 1/4 mile. At 11,200', swing left and contour for about a mile across scree slopes below the North face of North Maroon. The trail then climbs up, and at 12,000' it crosses the NE ridge into a broad, East-facing gully. Zig-zag up the gully, and at 12,600' cross over to the left into another East-facing gully. Head up the 2nd gully to gain the crest of the NE ridge at 13,200' (some 3rd-class rock steps). Stay on the North side of the ridge, and follow it to the summit, climbing a short 4th-class chimney through a rock band at 13,600'. The top part of the route above 13,200' holds snow until early summer.
Martin le Roux
Superior, CO
Martin le Roux   Superior, CO
There is now a well-constructed approach trail, thanks to the Colorado 14ers Initiative. Here's a revised route description:

From Maroon Lake, follow the Crater Lake trail and then the Buckskin Pass trail. The N Maroon approach trail leaves the Buckskin Pass trail at 10,800', about a mile after the junction with the Crater Lake trail. Cross a creek (Minnehaha Gulch) and zigzag up scree slopes for 1/4 mile. At 11,200' swing left and contour for about a mile across scree slopes below the N face of N Maroon. The trail then climbs up and at 12,000' it crosses the NE ridge into a broad, E-facing gully. Zig-zag up the gully and at 12,600' cross over to the left into another E-facing gully. Head up the 2nd gully to gain the crest of the NE ridge at 13,200' (some 3rd-class rock steps). Stay on the N side of the ridge and follow it to the summit, climbing a short 4th-class chimney through a rock band at 13,600'.

It's a popular scramble, and if you're not following a trail or cairns, then you're probably off route. The top part of the route above 13,200' holds snow until early summer. Jul 2, 2017
fishermrtn
Searcy, AR
 
fishermrtn   Searcy, AR
 
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. Apr 25, 2016
Daniel Trugman
Los Alamos, NM
 
Daniel Trugman   Los Alamos, NM
 
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. Nov 7, 2007
This route can be skied in big snow years. May 4, 2007
Doug Redosh
Golden, CO
 
Doug Redosh   Golden, CO
 
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. Sep 11, 2005
Furthermore  
 
Don't get me wrong, there is still lots of lose rocks! Wear a helmet. Dec 6, 2003