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Colorado 14,000-foot Peaks

Ranked Peaks have 280 feet of Clean Prominence

Showing Edward Earl's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (17 out of 54, or 31.48%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft
(Avg)
 Prom-Ft
(Avg)
Range (Level 4)Isol-MiAscent Date
1.Longs Peak14,2552940Front Range43.61986-08-04
2.Mount Massive14,4211961Sawatch Range5.11993-09-03
3.Mount Elbert14,4339093Sawatch Range670.61993-09-04
4.Blanca Peak14,3455326Sangre de Cristo Range103.42003-09-01
5.Pikes Peak14,1105530Front Range60.62003-09-02 15
6.Mount Wilson14,2464024San Juan Mountains33.02004-09-01
7.Wilson Peak14,017857San Juan Mountains1.52004-09-02
8.Mount Sneffels14,1503050San Juan Mountains15.72006-09-05
9.Uncompahgre Peak14,3094277San Juan Mountains85.02006-09-06
10.Culebra Peak14,0474827Sangre de Cristo Range35.42008-08-27
11.Humboldt Peak14,0641204Sangre de Cristo Range1.42008-08-29
12.Crestone Needle14,197457Sangre de Cristo Range.42008-08-30
13.Mount Harvard14,4202360Sawatch Range14.92008-09-01
14.Mount Democrat14,148768Central Colorado Ranges1.32008-09-02 08
 Mount Cameron14,238138Central Colorado Ranges.52008-09-02 09
15.Mount Lincoln14,2863862Central Colorado Ranges22.52008-09-02 10
16.Mount Bross14,172312Central Colorado Ranges1.02008-09-02 11
17.Crestone Peak14,2944554Sangre de Cristo Range27.42010-07-30 08
 Crestone Peak-East Peak14,26080Sangre de Cristo Range.12010-07-30 09
 Mount Massive-Northwest Peak14,340280Sawatch Range.9 
 La Plata Peak14,3361836Sawatch Range6.3 
 Mount Massive-Green Peak14,300120Sawatch Range.4 
 Grays Peak14,2702770Front Range25.0 
 Mount Antero14,2692503Sawatch Range17.7 
 Torreys Peak14,267560Front Range.7 
 Castle Peak14,2652365Elk Range Area20.9 
 Quandary Peak14,2651125Central Colorado Ranges3.2 
 Mount Evans14,2642764Front Range9.8 
 Northeast Crestone14,260120Sangre de Cristo Range.1 
 West Evans14,256116Front Range.3 
 Mount Shavano14,2291619Sawatch Range3.8 
 Mount Belford14,1971337Sawatch Range3.3 
 Mount Princeton14,1972177Sawatch Range5.2 
 Mount Yale14,1961896Sawatch Range5.6 
 East La Plata14,18080Sawatch Range.2 
 Mount Massive-Far Northwest Peak14,16929Sawatch Range.4 
 Kit Carson Mountain14,1651025Sangre de Cristo Range1.3 
 El Diente14,159239San Juan Mountains.8 
 Maroon Peak14,1562336Elk Range Area8.1 
 Tabeguache Peak14,155455Sawatch Range.8 
 Mount Oxford14,153653Sawatch Range1.2 
 Mount Elbert-South Peak14,134234Sawatch Range1.0 
 Mount Massive-Southeast Peak14,132232Sawatch Range.7 
 Capitol Peak14,1301750Elk Range Area7.4 
 West Wilson14,120140San Juan Mountains.3 
 South Wilson14,110170San Juan Mountains.3 
 Snowmass Mountain14,0921152Elk Range Area2.3 
 Windom Peak14,0872187San Juan Mountains26.3 
 Mount Eolus14,0841024San Juan Mountains1.7 
 Challenger Point14,081301Sangre de Cristo Range.2 
 Mount Columbia14,073893Sawatch Range1.9 
 Missouri Mountain14,067847Sawatch Range1.3 
 North Conundrum Peak14,060240Elk Range Area.4 
 Southeast Longs14,060240Front Range.1 
 Mount Bierstadt14,060720Front Range1.1 
 Sunlight Peak14,059399San Juan Mountains.5 
 Handies Peak14,0481908San Juan Mountains11.2 
 Mount Lindsey14,0421542Sangre de Cristo Range2.3 
 Ellingwood Point14,042342Sangre de Cristo Range.5 
 North Eolus14,039179San Juan Mountains.2 
 Little Bear Peak14,037377Sangre de Cristo Range1.0 
 Mount Sherman14,036850Central Colorado Ranges8.1 
 Redcloud Peak14,0341436San Juan Mountains4.9 
 Conundrum Peak14,02242Elk Range Area.1 
 South Bross Peak14,02080Central Colorado Ranges.6 
 South Little Bear14,02080Sangre de Cristo Range.2 
 North Snowmass14,02072Elk Range Area.2 
 Pyramid Peak14,0181638Elk Range Area2.1 
 Wetterhorn Peak14,0151635San Juan Mountains2.8 
 North Maroon Peak14,014234Elk Range Area.4 
 San Luis Peak14,0143113San Juan Mountains27.0 
 Mount of the Holy Cross14,0052111Sawatch Range18.4 
 Huron Peak14,0031423Sawatch Range3.2 
 Sunshine Peak14,001501San Juan Mountains1.3 
 Columbia Point13,980360Sangre de Cristo Range.2 
 Kitty Kat Carson13,98080Sangre de Cristo Range.3 

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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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