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Colorado 14,000-foot Peaks

Ranked Peaks have 280 feet of Clean Prominence

RankPeak Elev-Ft
(Avg)
 Prom-Ft
(Avg)
CountyRange (Level 4)Isol-MiAscents
1.Mount Elbert14,4339093LakeSawatch Range670.61868
2.Mount Massive14,4211961LakeSawatch Range5.1655
3.Mount Harvard14,4202360ChaffeeSawatch Range14.9464
4.Blanca Peak14,3455326Alamosa/CostillaSangre de Cristo Range103.4399
5.Mount Massive-Northwest Peak14,340280LakeSawatch Range.789
6.La Plata Peak14,3361836ChaffeeSawatch Range6.2560
7.Uncompahgre Peak14,3094277HinsdaleSan Juan Mountains85.0435
 Mount Massive-Green Peak14,300120LakeSawatch Range.370
8.Crestone Peak14,2944554SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range27.4276
9.Mount Lincoln14,2863862ParkCentral Colorado Ranges22.5958
10.Grays Peak14,2702770Clear Creek/SummitFront Range25.01294
11.Mount Antero14,2692503ChaffeeSawatch Range17.7406
12.Torreys Peak14,267560Clear Creek/SummitFront Range.71158
13.Castle Peak14,2652365Gunnison/PitkinElk Range Area20.9381
13.Quandary Peak14,2651125SummitCentral Colorado Ranges3.21240
15.Mount Evans14,2642764Clear CreekFront Range9.81083
 Crestone Peak-Northeast Peak14,260120Custer/SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range.119
 Crestone Peak-East Peak14,26080Custer/SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range.197
 Mount Evans-West Peak14,256116Clear CreekFront Range.3148
16.Longs Peak14,2552940BoulderFront Range43.6934
17.Mount Wilson14,2464024DoloresSan Juan Mountains33.0246
 Mount Cameron14,238138ParkCentral Colorado Ranges.5804
18.Mount Shavano14,2291619ChaffeeSawatch Range3.8545
19.Mount Princeton14,1972177ChaffeeSawatch Range5.2490
19.Mount Belford14,1971337ChaffeeSawatch Range3.3583
19.Crestone Needle14,197457Custer/SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range.4279
22.Mount Yale14,1961896ChaffeeSawatch Range5.5570
 Quandary Peak-West Peak14,18080SummitCentral Colorado Ranges.211
 La Plata Peak-East Peak14,18080ChaffeeSawatch Range.130
23.Mount Bross14,172312ParkCentral Colorado Ranges.9859
 Mount Massive-Far Northwest Peak14,16929Lake/PitkinSawatch Range.343
24.Kit Carson Mountain14,1651025SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range1.3265
 El Diente14,159239DoloresSan Juan Mountains.7198
25.Maroon Peak14,1562336Gunnison/PitkinElk Range Area8.0228
26.Tabeguache Peak14,155455ChaffeeSawatch Range.8417
27.Mount Oxford14,153653ChaffeeSawatch Range1.2446
28.Mount Sneffels14,1503050OuraySan Juan Mountains15.7519
29.Mount Democrat14,148768Lake/ParkCentral Colorado Ranges1.2990
 Mount Elbert-South Peak14,134234LakeSawatch Range.7110
 Mount Massive-Southeast Peak14,132232LakeSawatch Range.483
30.Capitol Peak14,1301750PitkinElk Range Area7.4254
 Mount Wilson-West Peak14,120140DoloresSan Juan Mountains.358
31.Pikes Peak14,1105530El PasoFront Range60.61333
 Mount Wilson-South Peak14,110170DoloresSan Juan Mountains.39
32.Snowmass Mountain14,0921152Gunnison/PitkinElk Range Area2.3209
33.Windom Peak14,0872187La PlataSan Juan Mountains26.3229
34.Mount Eolus14,0841024La PlataSan Juan Mountains1.7204
35.Challenger Point14,081301SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range.2271
36.Mount Columbia14,073893ChaffeeSawatch Range1.6362
37.Missouri Mountain14,067847ChaffeeSawatch Range1.3399
38.Humboldt Peak14,0641204CusterSangre de Cristo Range1.4352
39.Mount Bierstadt14,060720Clear CreekFront Range1.01227
 Conundrum Peak14,060240PitkinElk Range Area.4208
 Longs Peak-Southeast Peak14,060240BoulderFront Range.126
40.Sunlight Peak14,059399La PlataSan Juan Mountains.5203
41.Handies Peak14,0481908HinsdaleSan Juan Mountains11.1490
42.Culebra Peak14,0474827CostillaSangre de Cristo Range35.4209
43.Mount Lindsey14,0421542CostillaSangre de Cristo Range2.2264
43.Ellingwood Point14,042342Alamosa/HuerfanoSangre de Cristo Range.5268
 North Eolus14,039179La PlataSan Juan Mountains.2165
45.Little Bear Peak14,037377Alamosa/CostillaSangre de Cristo Range.9203
46.Mount Sherman14,036896Lake/ParkCentral Colorado Ranges8.1861
47.Redcloud Peak14,0341436HinsdaleSan Juan Mountains4.9406
 South Conundrum Peak14,02242PitkinElk Range Area.1128
 South Bross Peak14,02080ParkCentral Colorado Ranges.371
 Little Bear Peak-South Peak14,02080Alamosa/CostillaSangre de Cristo Range.219
48.Pyramid Peak14,0181638PitkinElk Range Area2.1215
49.Wilson Peak14,017857San MiguelSan Juan Mountains1.4260
50.Wetterhorn Peak14,0151635Hinsdale/OuraySan Juan Mountains2.7331
51.San Luis Peak14,0143113SaguacheSan Juan Mountains27.0321
 North Maroon Peak14,014234PitkinElk Range Area.4216
52.Mount of the Holy Cross14,0052111EagleSawatch Range18.4430
53.Huron Peak14,0031423ChaffeeSawatch Range3.2523
54.Sunshine Peak14,001501HinsdaleSan Juan Mountains1.3375
 Columbia Point13,980360SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range.286
 Kitty Kat Carson13,98080SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range.371

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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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