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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 Range670.61874
2.Mount Massive14,4211941LakeSawatch Range5.1659
3.Mount Harvard14,4202340ChaffeeSawatch Range14.9465
4.Blanca Peak14,3455326Alamosa/CostillaSangre de Cristo Range103.4400
5.La Plata Peak14,3361816ChaffeeSawatch Range6.2561
6.Uncompahgre Peak14,3094277HinsdaleSan Juan Mountains85.0436
7.Crestone Peak14,2944534SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range27.4278
8.Mount Lincoln14,2863862ParkCentral Colorado Ranges22.5960
9.Grays Peak14,2702750Clear Creek/SummitFront Range25.01296
10.Mount Antero14,2692503ChaffeeSawatch Range17.7406
11.Torreys Peak14,267560Clear Creek/SummitFront Range.71160
12.Castle Peak14,2652345Gunnison/PitkinElk Range Area20.9381
12.Quandary Peak14,2651105SummitCentral Colorado Ranges3.21245
14.Mount Evans14,2642744Clear CreekFront Range9.81086
15.Longs Peak14,2552940BoulderFront Range43.6935
16.Mount Wilson14,2464024DoloresSan Juan Mountains33.0246
17.Mount Shavano14,2291619ChaffeeSawatch Range3.8545
18.Mount Princeton14,1972157ChaffeeSawatch Range5.2491
18.Mount Belford14,1971317ChaffeeSawatch Range3.3584
18.Crestone Needle14,197437Custer/SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range.4280
21.Mount Yale14,1961876ChaffeeSawatch Range5.5572
22.Mount Bross14,172292ParkCentral Colorado Ranges.9859
23.Kit Carson Mountain14,1651005SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range1.3265
24.Maroon Peak14,1562316Gunnison/PitkinElk Range Area8.0228
25.Tabeguache Peak14,155435ChaffeeSawatch Range.8417
26.Mount Oxford14,153633ChaffeeSawatch Range1.2448
27.Mount Sneffels14,1503030OuraySan Juan Mountains15.7520
28.Mount Democrat14,148748Lake/ParkCentral Colorado Ranges1.2993
29.Capitol Peak14,1301730PitkinElk Range Area7.4255
30.Pikes Peak14,1105510El PasoFront Range60.61338
31.Snowmass Mountain14,0921132Gunnison/PitkinElk Range Area2.3209
32.Windom Peak14,0872167La PlataSan Juan Mountains26.3230
33.Mount Eolus14,0841004La PlataSan Juan Mountains1.7204
34.Challenger Point14,081281SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range.2271
35.Mount Columbia14,073873ChaffeeSawatch Range1.6363
36.Missouri Mountain14,067827ChaffeeSawatch Range1.3400
37.Humboldt Peak14,0641184CusterSangre de Cristo Range1.4352
38.Mount Bierstadt14,060700Clear CreekFront Range1.01228
39.Sunlight Peak14,059379La PlataSan Juan Mountains.5203
40.Handies Peak14,0481888HinsdaleSan Juan Mountains11.1494
41.Culebra Peak14,0474807CostillaSangre de Cristo Range35.4210
42.Mount Lindsey14,0421522CostillaSangre de Cristo Range2.2264
42.Ellingwood Point14,042322Alamosa/HuerfanoSangre de Cristo Range.5269
44.Little Bear Peak14,037357Alamosa/CostillaSangre de Cristo Range.9203
45.Mount Sherman14,036876Lake/ParkCentral Colorado Ranges8.1863
46.Redcloud Peak14,0341436HinsdaleSan Juan Mountains4.9407
47.Pyramid Peak14,0181618PitkinElk Range Area2.1216
48.Wilson Peak14,017857San MiguelSan Juan Mountains1.4260
49.Wetterhorn Peak14,0151615Hinsdale/OuraySan Juan Mountains2.7331
50.San Luis Peak14,0143113SaguacheSan Juan Mountains27.0323
51.Mount of the Holy Cross14,0052111EagleSawatch Range18.4433
52.Huron Peak14,0031403ChaffeeSawatch Range3.2525
53.Sunshine Peak14,001481HinsdaleSan Juan Mountains1.3376

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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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