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Colorado 14,000-foot Peaks

Ranked Peaks have 280 feet of Clean Prominence

RankPeak Elev-Ft  Prom-Ft CountyRange (Level 4)Isol-MiAscents
1.Mount Elbert14,4339073LakeSawatch Range670.61836
2.Mount Massive14,4211941LakeSawatch Range5.1639
3.Mount Harvard14,4202340ChaffeeSawatch Range14.9459
4.Blanca Peak14,3455326Alamosa/CostillaSangre de Cristo Range103.4391
5.La Plata Peak14,3361816ChaffeeSawatch Range6.2548
 Mount Massive-Northwest Peak14,320240LakeSawatch Range.785
6.Uncompahgre Peak14,3094277HinsdaleSan Juan Mountains85.0428
7.Crestone Peak14,2944534SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range27.4270
8.Mount Lincoln14,2863862ParkCentral Colorado Ranges22.5938
 Mount Massive-Green Peak14,28080LakeSawatch Range.366
9.Grays Peak14,2702750Clear Creek/SummitFront Range25.01272
10.Mount Antero14,2692503ChaffeeSawatch Range17.7397
11.Torreys Peak14,267560Clear Creek/SummitFront Range.71134
12.Castle Peak14,2652345Gunnison/PitkinElk Range Area20.9375
12.Quandary Peak14,2651105SummitCentral Colorado Ranges3.21208
14.Mount Evans14,2642744Clear CreekFront Range9.81060
 Mount Evans-West Peak14,25696Clear CreekFront Range.3140
15.Longs Peak14,2552940BoulderFront Range43.6911
16.Mount Wilson14,2464024DoloresSan Juan Mountains33.0240
 Crestone Peak-Northeast Peak14,24080Custer/SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range.118
 Crestone Peak-East Peak14,24040Custer/SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range.196
 Mount Cameron14,238118ParkCentral Colorado Ranges.5784
17.Mount Shavano14,2291619ChaffeeSawatch Range3.8537
18.Mount Princeton14,1972157ChaffeeSawatch Range5.2482
18.Mount Belford14,1971317ChaffeeSawatch Range3.3574
18.Crestone Needle14,197437Custer/SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range.4274
21.Mount Yale14,1961876ChaffeeSawatch Range5.5559
22.Mount Bross14,172292ParkCentral Colorado Ranges.9841
 Mount Massive-Far Northwest Peak14,1699Lake/PitkinSawatch Range.341
23.Kit Carson Mountain14,1651005SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range1.3255
 Quandary Peak-West Peak14,16040SummitCentral Colorado Ranges.211
 La Plata Peak-East Peak14,16040ChaffeeSawatch Range.130
 El Diente14,159239DoloresSan Juan Mountains.7194
24.Maroon Peak14,1562316Gunnison/PitkinElk Range Area8.0221
25.Tabeguache Peak14,155435ChaffeeSawatch Range.8410
26.Mount Oxford14,153633ChaffeeSawatch Range1.2439
27.Mount Sneffels14,1503030OuraySan Juan Mountains15.7508
28.Mount Democrat14,148748Lake/ParkCentral Colorado Ranges1.2970
 Mount Elbert-South Peak14,134214LakeSawatch Range.7109
 Mount Massive-Southeast Peak14,132212LakeSawatch Range.481
29.Capitol Peak14,1301730PitkinElk Range Area7.4249
30.Pikes Peak14,1105510El PasoFront Range60.61301
 Mount Wilson-South Peak14,110150DoloresSan Juan Mountains.39
 Mount Wilson-West Peak14,100100DoloresSan Juan Mountains.358
31.Snowmass Mountain14,0921132Gunnison/PitkinElk Range Area2.3205
32.Windom Peak14,0872167La PlataSan Juan Mountains26.3225
33.Mount Eolus14,0841004La PlataSan Juan Mountains1.7200
34.Challenger Point14,081281SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range.2262
35.Mount Columbia14,073873ChaffeeSawatch Range1.6356
36.Missouri Mountain14,067827ChaffeeSawatch Range1.3391
37.Humboldt Peak14,0641184CusterSangre de Cristo Range1.4343
38.Mount Bierstadt14,060700Clear CreekFront Range1.01202
39.Sunlight Peak14,059379La PlataSan Juan Mountains.5200
40.Handies Peak14,0481888HinsdaleSan Juan Mountains11.1482
41.Culebra Peak14,0474807CostillaSangre de Cristo Range35.4201
42.Mount Lindsey14,0421522CostillaSangre de Cristo Range2.2256
42.Ellingwood Point14,042322Alamosa/HuerfanoSangre de Cristo Range.5262
 Conundrum Peak14,040200PitkinElk Range Area.4204
 Longs Peak-Southeast Peak14,040200BoulderFront Range.125
 North Eolus14,039159La PlataSan Juan Mountains.2161
44.Little Bear Peak14,037357Alamosa/CostillaSangre de Cristo Range.9197
45.Mount Sherman14,036850Lake/ParkCentral Colorado Ranges8.0838
46.Redcloud Peak14,0341436HinsdaleSan Juan Mountains4.9398
 South Conundrum Peak14,02222PitkinElk Range Area.1127
 Little Bear Peak-South Peak14,02060Alamosa/CostillaSangre de Cristo Range.217
47.Pyramid Peak14,0181618PitkinElk Range Area2.1209
48.Wilson Peak14,017857San MiguelSan Juan Mountains1.4254
49.Wetterhorn Peak14,0151615Hinsdale/OuraySan Juan Mountains2.7328
50.San Luis Peak14,0143113SaguacheSan Juan Mountains27.0315
 North Maroon Peak14,014214PitkinElk Range Area.4213
51.Mount of the Holy Cross14,0052111EagleSawatch Range18.4420
52.Huron Peak14,0031403ChaffeeSawatch Range3.2518
53.Sunshine Peak14,001481HinsdaleSan Juan Mountains1.3368
 South Bross Peak14,00040ParkCentral Colorado Ranges.370
 Columbia Point13,960320SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range.285
 Kitty Kat Carson13,96040SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range.370

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List Description

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.


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