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Colorado 14,000-foot Peaks

Ranked Peaks have 280 feet of Clean Prominence

RankPeak Elev-Ft
CountyRange (Level 4)Isol-MiAscents
1.Mount Elbert14,4339113LakeSawatch Range670.61874
2.Mount Massive14,4211981LakeSawatch Range5.1659
3.Mount Harvard14,4202380ChaffeeSawatch Range14.9465
4.Mount Massive-Northwest Peak14,360320LakeSawatch Range.789
5.Blanca Peak14,3455326Alamosa/CostillaSangre de Cristo Range103.4400
6.La Plata Peak14,3361856ChaffeeSawatch Range6.2561
 Mount Massive-Green Peak14,320160LakeSawatch Range.370
7.Uncompahgre Peak14,3094277HinsdaleSan Juan Mountains85.0436
8.Crestone Peak14,2944574SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range27.4278
9.Mount Lincoln14,2863862ParkCentral Colorado Ranges22.5960
 Crestone Peak-Northeast Peak14,280160Custer/SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range.119
 Crestone Peak-East Peak14,280120Custer/SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range.197
10.Grays Peak14,2702790Clear Creek/SummitFront Range25.01296
11.Mount Antero14,2692503ChaffeeSawatch Range17.7406
12.Torreys Peak14,267560Clear Creek/SummitFront Range.71160
13.Castle Peak14,2652385Gunnison/PitkinElk Range Area20.9381
13.Quandary Peak14,2651145SummitCentral Colorado Ranges3.21245
15.Mount Evans14,2642784Clear CreekFront Range9.81086
 Mount Evans-West Peak14,256136Clear CreekFront Range.3148
16.Longs Peak14,2552940BoulderFront Range43.6935
17.Mount Wilson14,2464024DoloresSan Juan Mountains33.0246
 Mount Cameron14,238158ParkCentral Colorado Ranges.5805
18.Mount Shavano14,2291619ChaffeeSawatch Range3.8545
 Quandary Peak-West Peak14,200120SummitCentral Colorado Ranges.211
 La Plata Peak-East Peak14,200120ChaffeeSawatch Range.130
19.Mount Princeton14,1972197ChaffeeSawatch Range5.2491
19.Mount Belford14,1971357ChaffeeSawatch Range3.3584
19.Crestone Needle14,197477Custer/SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range.4280
22.Mount Yale14,1961916ChaffeeSawatch Range5.5572
23.Mount Bross14,172332ParkCentral Colorado Ranges.9859
 Mount Massive-Far Northwest Peak14,16949Lake/PitkinSawatch Range.343
24.Kit Carson Mountain14,1651045SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range1.3265
 El Diente14,159239DoloresSan Juan Mountains.7198
25.Maroon Peak14,1562356Gunnison/PitkinElk Range Area8.0228
26.Tabeguache Peak14,155475ChaffeeSawatch Range.8417
27.Mount Oxford14,153673ChaffeeSawatch Range1.2448
28.Mount Sneffels14,1503070OuraySan Juan Mountains15.7520
29.Mount Democrat14,148788Lake/ParkCentral Colorado Ranges1.2993
 Mount Wilson-West Peak14,140180DoloresSan Juan Mountains.358
 Mount Elbert-South Peak14,134254LakeSawatch Range.7111
 Mount Massive-Southeast Peak14,132252LakeSawatch Range.483
30.Capitol Peak14,1301770PitkinElk Range Area7.4255
31.Pikes Peak14,1105550El PasoFront Range60.61338
 Mount Wilson-South Peak14,110190DoloresSan Juan Mountains.39
32.Snowmass Mountain14,0921172Gunnison/PitkinElk Range Area2.3209
33.Windom Peak14,0872207La PlataSan Juan Mountains26.3230
34.Mount Eolus14,0841044La PlataSan Juan Mountains1.7204
35.Challenger Point14,081321SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range.2271
36.Conundrum Peak14,080280PitkinElk Range Area.4209
36.Longs Peak-Southeast Peak14,080280BoulderFront Range.126
38.Mount Columbia14,073913ChaffeeSawatch Range1.6363
39.Missouri Mountain14,067867ChaffeeSawatch Range1.3400
40.Humboldt Peak14,0641224CusterSangre de Cristo Range1.4352
41.Mount Bierstadt14,060740Clear CreekFront Range1.01228
42.Sunlight Peak14,059419La PlataSan Juan Mountains.5203
43.Handies Peak14,0481928HinsdaleSan Juan Mountains11.1494
44.Culebra Peak14,0474847CostillaSangre de Cristo Range35.4210
45.Mount Lindsey14,0421562CostillaSangre de Cristo Range2.2264
45.Ellingwood Point14,042362Alamosa/HuerfanoSangre de Cristo Range.5269
 South Bross Peak14,040120ParkCentral Colorado Ranges.372
 North Eolus14,039199La PlataSan Juan Mountains.2166
47.Little Bear Peak14,037397Alamosa/CostillaSangre de Cristo Range.9203
48.Mount Sherman14,036916Lake/ParkCentral Colorado Ranges8.1863
49.Redcloud Peak14,0341436HinsdaleSan Juan Mountains4.9407
 South Conundrum Peak14,02262PitkinElk Range Area.1128
 Little Bear Peak-South Peak14,020100Alamosa/CostillaSangre de Cristo Range.219
50.Pyramid Peak14,0181658PitkinElk Range Area2.1216
51.Wilson Peak14,017857San MiguelSan Juan Mountains1.4260
52.Wetterhorn Peak14,0151655Hinsdale/OuraySan Juan Mountains2.7331
53.San Luis Peak14,0143113SaguacheSan Juan Mountains27.0323
 North Maroon Peak14,014254PitkinElk Range Area.4216
54.Mount of the Holy Cross14,0052111EagleSawatch Range18.4433
55.Huron Peak14,0031443ChaffeeSawatch Range3.2525
56.Sunshine Peak14,001521HinsdaleSan Juan Mountains1.3376
57.Columbia Point14,000400SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range.286
 Kitty Kat Carson14,000120SaguacheSangre 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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