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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 Range670.61869
2.Blanca Peak14,3455326Alamosa/CostillaSangre de Cristo Range103.4400
3.Uncompahgre Peak14,3094277HinsdaleSan Juan Mountains85.0435
4.Pikes Peak14,1105510El PasoFront Range60.61334
5.Longs Peak14,2552940BoulderFront Range43.6934
6.Culebra Peak14,0474807CostillaSangre de Cristo Range35.4209
7.Mount Wilson14,2464024DoloresSan Juan Mountains33.0246
8.Crestone Peak14,2944534SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range27.4276
9.San Luis Peak14,0143113SaguacheSan Juan Mountains27.0322
10.Windom Peak14,0872167La PlataSan Juan Mountains26.3229
11.Grays Peak14,2702750Clear Creek/SummitFront Range25.01295
12.Mount Lincoln14,2863862ParkCentral Colorado Ranges22.5958
13.Castle Peak14,2652345Gunnison/PitkinElk Range Area20.9381
14.Mount of the Holy Cross14,0052111EagleSawatch Range18.4430
15.Mount Antero14,2692503ChaffeeSawatch Range17.7406
16.Mount Sneffels14,1503030OuraySan Juan Mountains15.7519
17.Mount Harvard14,4202340ChaffeeSawatch Range14.9464
18.Handies Peak14,0481888HinsdaleSan Juan Mountains11.1491
19.Mount Evans14,2642744Clear CreekFront Range9.81084
20.Mount Sherman14,036876Lake/ParkCentral Colorado Ranges8.1862
21.Maroon Peak14,1562316Gunnison/PitkinElk Range Area8.0228
22.Capitol Peak14,1301730PitkinElk Range Area7.4255
23.La Plata Peak14,3361816ChaffeeSawatch Range6.2561
24.Mount Yale14,1961876ChaffeeSawatch Range5.5571
25.Mount Princeton14,1972157ChaffeeSawatch Range5.2491
26.Mount Massive14,4211941LakeSawatch Range5.1656
27.Redcloud Peak14,0341436HinsdaleSan Juan Mountains4.9406
28.Mount Shavano14,2291619ChaffeeSawatch Range3.8545
29.Mount Belford14,1971317ChaffeeSawatch Range3.3584
30.Huron Peak14,0031403ChaffeeSawatch Range3.2524
31.Quandary Peak14,2651105SummitCentral Colorado Ranges3.21241
32.Wetterhorn Peak14,0151615Hinsdale/OuraySan Juan Mountains2.7331
33.Snowmass Mountain14,0921132Gunnison/PitkinElk Range Area2.3209
34.Mount Lindsey14,0421522CostillaSangre de Cristo Range2.2264
35.Pyramid Peak14,0181618PitkinElk Range Area2.1215
36.Mount Eolus14,0841004La PlataSan Juan Mountains1.7204
37.Mount Columbia14,073873ChaffeeSawatch Range1.6362
38.Wilson Peak14,017857San MiguelSan Juan Mountains1.4260
39.Humboldt Peak14,0641184CusterSangre de Cristo Range1.4352
40.Kit Carson Mountain14,1651005SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range1.3265
41.Sunshine Peak14,001481HinsdaleSan Juan Mountains1.3375
42.Missouri Mountain14,067827ChaffeeSawatch Range1.3400
43.Mount Oxford14,153633ChaffeeSawatch Range1.2447
44.Mount Democrat14,148748Lake/ParkCentral Colorado Ranges1.2990
45.Mount Bierstadt14,060700Clear CreekFront Range1.01228
46.Little Bear Peak14,037357Alamosa/CostillaSangre de Cristo Range.9203
47.Mount Bross14,172292ParkCentral Colorado Ranges.9859
48.Tabeguache Peak14,155435ChaffeeSawatch Range.8417
 El Diente14,159239DoloresSan Juan Mountains.7198
 Mount Massive-Northwest Peak14,320240LakeSawatch Range.789
 Mount Elbert-South Peak14,134214LakeSawatch Range.7110
49.Torreys Peak14,267560Clear Creek/SummitFront Range.71159
50.Sunlight Peak14,059379La PlataSan Juan Mountains.5203
 Mount Cameron14,238118ParkCentral Colorado Ranges.5804
51.Ellingwood Point14,042322Alamosa/HuerfanoSangre de Cristo Range.5269
52.Crestone Needle14,197437Custer/SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range.4279
 Mount Massive-Southeast Peak14,132212LakeSawatch Range.483
 Conundrum Peak14,040200PitkinElk Range Area.4209
 North Maroon Peak14,014214PitkinElk Range Area.4216
 South Bross Peak14,00040ParkCentral Colorado Ranges.371
 Mount Wilson-South Peak14,110150DoloresSan Juan Mountains.39
 Mount Massive-Far Northwest Peak14,1699Lake/PitkinSawatch Range.343
 Kitty Kat Carson13,96040SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range.371
 Mount Wilson-West Peak14,100100DoloresSan Juan Mountains.358
 Mount Evans-West Peak14,25696Clear CreekFront Range.3148
 Mount Massive-Green Peak14,28080LakeSawatch Range.370
 North Eolus14,039159La PlataSan Juan Mountains.2165
53.Challenger Point14,081281SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range.2271
 Columbia Point13,960320SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range.286
 Quandary Peak-West Peak14,16040SummitCentral Colorado Ranges.211
 Little Bear Peak-South Peak14,02060Alamosa/CostillaSangre de Cristo Range.219
 La Plata Peak-East Peak14,16040ChaffeeSawatch Range.130
 South Conundrum Peak14,02222PitkinElk Range Area.1128
 Crestone Peak-Northeast Peak14,24080Custer/SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range.119
 Crestone Peak-East Peak14,24040Custer/SaguacheSangre de Cristo Range.197
 Longs Peak-Southeast Peak14,040200BoulderFront Range.126

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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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