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Colorado 14,000-foot Peaks

Ranked Peaks have 280 feet of Clean Prominence

RankPeak Elev-Ft  Prom-Ft Range (Level 4)Isol-MiAscents
1.Mount Elbert14,4339073Sawatch Range670.61525
2.Mount Massive14,4211941Sawatch Range5.1520
3.Mount Harvard14,4202340Sawatch Range14.9362
4.Blanca Peak14,3455326Sangre de Cristo Range103.4325
5.La Plata Peak14,3361816Sawatch Range6.2440
 Mount Massive-Northwest Peak14,320240Sawatch Range.776
6.Uncompahgre Peak14,3094277San Juan Mountains85.0356
7.Crestone Peak14,2944534Sangre de Cristo Range27.4227
8.Mount Lincoln14,2863862Central Colorado Ranges22.5783
 Mount Massive-Green Peak14,28080Sawatch Range.360
9.Grays Peak14,2702750Front Range25.01048
10.Mount Antero14,2692503Sawatch Range17.7315
11.Torreys Peak14,267560Front Range.7927
12.Castle Peak14,2652345Elk Range Area20.9297
12.Quandary Peak14,2651105Central Colorado Ranges3.2984
14.Mount Evans14,2642744Front Range9.8896
 Mount Evans-West Peak14,25696Front Range.3110
15.Longs Peak14,2552940Front Range43.6760
16.Mount Wilson14,2464024San Juan Mountains33.0187
 Crestone Peak-Northeast Peak14,24080Sangre de Cristo Range.116
 Crestone Peak-East Peak14,24040Sangre de Cristo Range.186
 Mount Cameron14,238118Central Colorado Ranges.5638
17.Mount Shavano14,2291619Sawatch Range3.8423
18.Mount Princeton14,1972157Sawatch Range5.2387
18.Mount Belford14,1971317Sawatch Range3.3462
18.Crestone Needle14,197437Sangre de Cristo Range.4228
21.Mount Yale14,1961876Sawatch Range5.5439
22.Mount Bross14,172292Central Colorado Ranges.9701
 Mount Massive-Far Northwest Peak14,1699Sawatch Range.339
23.Kit Carson Mountain14,1651005Sangre de Cristo Range1.3204
 La Plata Peak-East Peak14,16040Sawatch Range.127
 El Diente14,159239San Juan Mountains.7145
24.Maroon Peak14,1562316Elk Range Area8.0185
25.Tabeguache Peak14,155435Sawatch Range.8317
26.Mount Oxford14,153633Sawatch Range1.2352
27.Mount Sneffels14,1503030San Juan Mountains15.7391
28.Mount Democrat14,148748Central Colorado Ranges1.2809
 Mount Elbert-South Peak14,134214Sawatch Range.794
 Mount Massive-Southeast Peak14,132212Sawatch Range.472
29.Capitol Peak14,1301730Elk Range Area7.4186
30.Pikes Peak14,1105510Front Range60.61108
 Mount Wilson-South Peak14,110150San Juan Mountains.39
 Mount Wilson-West Peak14,100100San Juan Mountains.336
31.Snowmass Mountain14,0921132Elk Range Area2.3167
32.Windom Peak14,0872167San Juan Mountains26.3180
33.Mount Eolus14,0841004San Juan Mountains1.7159
34.Challenger Point14,081281Sangre de Cristo Range.2205
35.Mount Columbia14,073873Sawatch Range1.6269
36.Missouri Mountain14,067827Sawatch Range1.3306
37.Humboldt Peak14,0641184Sangre de Cristo Range1.4276
38.Mount Bierstadt14,060700Front Range1.0995
39.Sunlight Peak14,059379San Juan Mountains.5158
40.Handies Peak14,0481888San Juan Mountains11.1366
41.Culebra Peak14,0474807Sangre de Cristo Range35.4178
42.Mount Lindsey14,0421522Sangre de Cristo Range2.2208
42.Ellingwood Point14,042322Sangre de Cristo Range.5209
 Conundrum Peak14,040200Elk Range Area.4138
 Longs Peak-Southeast Peak14,040200Front Range.120
 North Eolus14,039159San Juan Mountains.2115
44.Little Bear Peak14,037357Sangre de Cristo Range.9165
45.Mount Sherman14,036850Central Colorado Ranges8.0670
46.Redcloud Peak14,0341436San Juan Mountains4.9313
 South Conundrum Peak14,02222Elk Range Area.1105
 Little Bear Peak-South Peak14,02060Sangre de Cristo Range.214
47.Pyramid Peak14,0181618Elk Range Area2.1172
48.Wilson Peak14,017857San Juan Mountains1.4211
49.Wetterhorn Peak14,0151615San Juan Mountains2.7256
50.San Luis Peak14,0143113San Juan Mountains27.0244
 North Maroon Peak14,014214Elk Range Area.4177
51.Mount of the Holy Cross14,0052111Sawatch Range18.4335
52.Huron Peak14,0031403Sawatch Range3.2410
53.Sunshine Peak14,001481San Juan Mountains1.3289
 South Bross Peak14,00040Central Colorado Ranges.361
 Columbia Point13,960320Sangre de Cristo Range.273
 Kitty Kat Carson13,96040Sangre de Cristo Range.356

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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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