Colorado 14,000-foot Peaks
Ranked Peaks have 280 feet of Clean Prominence
Showing John Vitz's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (53 out of 53, or 100%)
|Rank||Peak|| Elev-Ft || Prom-Ft ||Range (Level 4)||Isol-Mi||Ascent Date|
|1.||Mount Elbert||14,433||9073||Sawatch Range||670.6||1984-09-04|
|2.||Mount Massive||14,421||1941||Sawatch Range||5.1||1984-09-05|
|3.||Mount Harvard||14,420||2340||Sawatch Range||14.9||1984-09-06|
|4.||Blanca Peak||14,345||5326||Sangre de Cristo Range||103.4||1984-06-11|
|5.||La Plata Peak||14,336||1816||Sawatch Range||6.3||1984-09-02|
| ||Mount Massive-Northwest Peak||14,320||240||Sawatch Range||.9|| |
|6.||Uncompahgre Peak||14,309||4277||San Juan Mountains||85.1||1984-06-18|
|7.||Crestone Peak||14,294||4534||Sangre de Cristo Range||27.4||1984-09-10|
|8.||Mount Lincoln||14,286||3862||Central Colorado Ranges||22.6||1988-08-03|
| ||Mount Massive-Green Peak||14,280||80||Sawatch Range||.4|| |
|9.||Grays Peak||14,270||2750||Front Range||25.0||1984-08-30|
|10.||Mount Antero||14,269||2503||Sawatch Range||17.7||1990-07-18|
|11.||Torreys Peak||14,267||560||Front Range||.7||1984-08-30|
|12.||Castle Peak||14,265||2345||Elk Range Area||20.9||1990-07-20|
|12.||Quandary Peak||14,265||1105||Central Colorado Ranges||3.2||1988-08-02|
|14.||Mount Evans||14,264||2744||Front Range||9.8||1984-08-29|
| ||Mount Evans-West Peak||14,256||96||Front Range||.3||1984-08-29|
|15.||Longs Peak||14,255||2940||Front Range||43.6||1984-08-28|
|16.||Mount Wilson||14,246||4024||San Juan Mountains||33.1||1990-08-01|
| ||Crestone Peak-Northeast Peak||14,240||80||Sangre de Cristo Range||.1|| |
| ||Crestone Peak-East Peak||14,240||40||Sangre de Cristo Range||.1|| |
| ||Mount Cameron||14,238||118||Central Colorado Ranges||.5||1988-08-03|
|17.||Mount Shavano||14,229||1619||Sawatch Range||3.8||1990-07-17|
|18.||Mount Princeton||14,197||2157||Sawatch Range||5.2||1990-08-04|
|18.||Mount Belford||14,197||1317||Sawatch Range||3.3||1984-09-03|
|18.||Crestone Needle||14,197||437||Sangre de Cristo Range||.4||1984-09-10|
|21.||Mount Yale||14,196||1876||Sawatch Range||5.6||1990-07-17|
|22.||Mount Bross||14,172||292||Central Colorado Ranges||1.0||1988-08-03|
| ||Mount Massive-Far Northwest Peak||14,169||9||Sawatch Range||.4|| |
|23.||Kit Carson Mountain||14,165||1005||Sangre de Cristo Range||1.3||1984-09-09|
| ||La Plata Peak-East Peak||14,160||40||Sawatch Range||.2|| |
| ||El Diente||14,159||239||San Juan Mountains||.8||1989-08-13|
|24.||Maroon Peak||14,156||2316||Elk Range Area||8.1||1992-08-14|
|25.||Tabeguache Peak||14,155||435||Sawatch Range||.8||1990-07-17|
|26.||Mount Oxford||14,153||633||Sawatch Range||1.2||1984-09-03|
|27.||Mount Sneffels||14,150||3030||San Juan Mountains||15.7||1984-06-22|
|28.||Mount Democrat||14,148||748||Central Colorado Ranges||1.3||1988-08-03|
| ||Mount Elbert-South Peak||14,134||214||Sawatch Range||1.0|| |
| ||Mount Massive-Southeast Peak||14,132||212||Sawatch Range||.7|| |
|29.||Capitol Peak||14,130||1730||Elk Range Area||7.4||1993-08-30|
|30.||Pikes Peak||14,110||5510||Front Range||60.8||1984-09-13|
| ||Mount Wilson-South Peak||14,110||150||San Juan Mountains||.3|| |
| ||Mount Wilson-West Peak||14,100||100||San Juan Mountains||.3|| |
|31.||Snowmass Mountain||14,092||1132||Elk Range Area||2.3||1989-08-16|
|32.||Windom Peak||14,087||2167||San Juan Mountains||26.4||1984-06-26|
|33.||Mount Eolus||14,084||1004||San Juan Mountains||1.7||1984-06-27|
|34.||Challenger Point||14,081||281||Sangre de Cristo Range||.2||1994|
|35.||Mount Columbia||14,073||873||Sawatch Range||1.9||1984-09-06|
|36.||Missouri Mountain||14,067||827||Sawatch Range||1.3||1988-08-05|
|37.||Humboldt Peak||14,064||1184||Sangre de Cristo Range||1.4||1984-09-08|
|38.||Mount Bierstadt||14,060||700||Front Range||1.1||1984-08-29|
|39.||Sunlight Peak||14,059||379||San Juan Mountains||.5||1984-06-26|
|40.||Handies Peak||14,048||1888||San Juan Mountains||11.2||1984-06-14|
|41.||Culebra Peak||14,047||4807||Sangre de Cristo Range||35.5||1990-08-03|
|42.||Mount Lindsey||14,042||1522||Sangre de Cristo Range||2.3||1984-09-12|
|42.||Ellingwood Point||14,042||322||Sangre de Cristo Range||.5||1984-06-11|
| ||North Conundrum Peak||14,040||200||Elk Range Area||.4|| |
| ||Longs Peak-Southeast Peak||14,040||200||Front Range||.1|| |
| ||North Eolus||14,039||159||San Juan Mountains||.2||1984-06-27|
|44.||Little Bear Peak||14,037||357||Sangre de Cristo Range||1.0||1984-06-12|
|45.||Mount Sherman||14,036||850||Central Colorado Ranges||8.1||1988-08-04|
|46.||Redcloud Peak||14,034||1436||San Juan Mountains||4.9||1984-06-17|
| ||Conundrum Peak||14,022||22||Elk Range Area||.1|| |
| ||Little Bear Peak-South Peak||14,020||60||Sangre de Cristo Range||.2|| |
|47.||Pyramid Peak||14,018||1618||Elk Range Area||2.1||1993|
|48.||Wilson Peak||14,017||857||San Juan Mountains||1.5||1984-06-30|
|49.||Wetterhorn Peak||14,015||1615||San Juan Mountains||2.8||1984-06-19|
|50.||San Luis Peak||14,014||3113||San Juan Mountains||27.0||1990-08-02|
| ||North Maroon Peak||14,014||214||Elk Range Area||.4||1992-08-11|
|51.||Mount of the Holy Cross||14,005||2111||Sawatch Range||18.5||1990-08-05|
|52.||Huron Peak||14,003||1403||Sawatch Range||3.2||1988-08-06|
|53.||Sunshine Peak||14,001||481||San Juan Mountains||1.3||1984-06-17|
| ||South Bross Peak||14,000||40||Central Colorado Ranges||.6|| |
| ||Columbia Point||13,960||320||Sangre de Cristo Range||.2|| |
| ||Kitty Kat Carson||13,960||40||Sangre de Cristo Range||.3|| |
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The Colorado Fourteeners are one of the best-known peakbagging lists in the world. Every single Rocky Mountain summit rising to over 14,000 feet lies in the arbitrary rectangle of Colorado, and these summits that cross the magic threshold have become iconic landmarks of the state. Maps and atlases try to show as many of these peaks as possible, road signs point them out to car travellers, and the hikes to summits of fourteeners are thronged on summer weekends.
The popularity of this peakbagging pursuit is easy to understand. 53 or 54 peaks is not too many, but enough to make it a real project. All but about eight or so of the peaks are just walk-up hikes, and the difficult ones are not a problem for experienced scramblers. In summer there are few, if any, snowfields to contend with, and afternoon thunderstorms are the major weather hazard. These summits are all among the highest in the United States, too, giving this list high appeal to those who like simply to be above it all.
Carl Blaurock and Bill Ervin were the first to climb all the fourteeners in the 1920s, based on the surveys at that time. Recently, climber number 1000 completed the entire list, based on the records of the Colorado Mountain Club.
As with many famous threshold-based peak lists, there is ongoing debate over which summits belong on the list. Above, summits are ranked if they have 280 feet or more of clean prominence (300 feet of interpolated prominence), giving us a consistent list with 53 summits. Traditionally, El Diente and North Maroon Peak are included on most versions of Colorado Fourteener lists, mainly because of the difficulty of traversing the ridge to these peaks despite a low saddle rise from their nearest higher neighbors. Also, Challenger Point has long been left off traditional lists, and Ellingwood Peak was in a similar situation not too recently.
If you include El Diente and North Maroon, and you want a strict prominence cutoff, then Northwest Massive (and perhaps South Elbert) must also be included on your list.
Of course, it is up to the climber to decide which peaks to climb. You can pick a rigid prominence cutoff that fancies you, use an official club list, use an isolation cutoff, or just climb the peaks that inspire you the most.
Selected Guidebook(s) for this List Colorado's Fourteeners: From Hikes to Climbs (Roach)
Dawson's Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners, Vol. 1: The Northern Peaks (Dawson)
Dawson's Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners, Vol. 2: The Southern Peaks (Dawson)
A Climbing Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners (Borneman, Lampert)
Caution: These books feature many of the peaks on this list, but may not have information on all of them.
Map Showing Location of Peaks
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