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Colorado 14,000-foot Peaks

Ranked Peaks have 280 feet of Clean Prominence

Showing Nick Down's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (0 out of 54, or 0%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft
(Avg)
 Prom-Ft
(Avg)
Range (Level 4)Isol-MiAscent Date
1.Mount Elbert14,4339093Sawatch Range670.6 
2.Blanca Peak14,3455326Sangre de Cristo Range103.4 
3.Uncompahgre Peak14,3094277San Juan Mountains85.0 
4.Pikes Peak14,1105530Front Range60.6 
5.Longs Peak14,2552940Front Range43.6 
6.Culebra Peak14,0474827Sangre de Cristo Range35.4 
7.Mount Wilson14,2464024San Juan Mountains33.0 
8.Crestone Peak14,2944554Sangre de Cristo Range27.4 
9.San Luis Peak14,0143113San Juan Mountains27.0 
10.Windom Peak14,0872187San Juan Mountains26.3 
11.Grays Peak14,2702770Front Range25.0 
12.Mount Lincoln14,2863862Central Colorado Ranges22.5 
13.Castle Peak14,2652365Elk Range Area20.9 
14.Mount of the Holy Cross14,0052111Sawatch Range18.4 
15.Mount Antero14,2692503Sawatch Range17.7 
16.Mount Sneffels14,1503050San Juan Mountains15.7 
17.Mount Harvard14,4202360Sawatch Range14.9 
18.Handies Peak14,0481908San Juan Mountains11.1 
19.Mount Evans14,2642764Front Range9.8 
20.Mount Sherman14,036850Central Colorado Ranges8.0 
21.Maroon Peak14,1562336Elk Range Area8.0 
22.Capitol Peak14,1301750Elk Range Area7.4 
23.La Plata Peak14,3361836Sawatch Range6.2 
24.Mount Yale14,1961896Sawatch Range5.5 
25.Mount Princeton14,1972177Sawatch Range5.2 
26.Mount Massive14,4211961Sawatch Range5.1 
27.Redcloud Peak14,0341436San Juan Mountains4.9 
28.Mount Shavano14,2291619Sawatch Range3.8 
29.Mount Belford14,1971337Sawatch Range3.3 
30.Huron Peak14,0031423Sawatch Range3.2 
31.Quandary Peak14,2651125Central Colorado Ranges3.2 
32.Wetterhorn Peak14,0151635San Juan Mountains2.7 
33.Snowmass Mountain14,0921152Elk Range Area2.3 
34.Mount Lindsey14,0421542Sangre de Cristo Range2.2 
35.Pyramid Peak14,0181638Elk Range Area2.1 
36.Mount Eolus14,0841024San Juan Mountains1.7 
37.Mount Columbia14,073893Sawatch Range1.6 
38.Wilson Peak14,017857San Juan Mountains1.4 
39.Humboldt Peak14,0641204Sangre de Cristo Range1.4 
40.Kit Carson Mountain14,1651025Sangre de Cristo Range1.3 
41.Sunshine Peak14,001501San Juan Mountains1.3 
42.Missouri Mountain14,067847Sawatch Range1.3 
43.Mount Oxford14,153653Sawatch Range1.2 
44.Mount Democrat14,148768Central Colorado Ranges1.2 
45.Mount Bierstadt14,060720Front Range1.0 
46.Little Bear Peak14,037377Sangre de Cristo Range.9 
47.Mount Bross14,172312Central Colorado Ranges.9 
48.Tabeguache Peak14,155455Sawatch Range.8 
 El Diente14,159239San Juan Mountains.7 
49.Mount Massive-Northwest Peak14,340280Sawatch Range.7 
 Mount Elbert-South Peak14,134234Sawatch Range.7 
50.Torreys Peak14,267560Front Range.7 
51.Sunlight Peak14,059399San Juan Mountains.5 
 Mount Cameron14,238138Central Colorado Ranges.5 
52.Ellingwood Point14,042342Sangre de Cristo Range.5 
53.Crestone Needle14,197457Sangre de Cristo Range.4 
 Mount Massive-Southeast Peak14,132232Sawatch Range.4 
 Conundrum Peak14,060240Elk Range Area.4 
 North Maroon Peak14,014234Elk Range Area.4 
 South Bross Peak14,02080Central Colorado Ranges.3 
 Mount Wilson-South Peak14,110170San Juan Mountains.3 
 Mount Massive-Far Northwest Peak14,16929Sawatch Range.3 
 Kitty Kat Carson13,98080Sangre de Cristo Range.3 
 Mount Wilson-West Peak14,120140San Juan Mountains.3 
 Mount Evans-West Peak14,256116Front Range.3 
 Mount Massive-Green Peak14,300120Sawatch Range.3 
 North Eolus14,039179San Juan Mountains.2 
54.Challenger Point14,081301Sangre de Cristo Range.2 
 Columbia Point13,980360Sangre de Cristo Range.2 
 Little Bear Peak-South Peak14,02080Sangre de Cristo Range.2 
 La Plata Peak-East Peak14,18080Sawatch Range.1 
 South Conundrum Peak14,02242Elk Range Area.1 
 Crestone Peak-Northeast Peak14,260120Sangre de Cristo Range.1 
 Crestone Peak-East Peak14,26080Sangre de Cristo Range.1 
 Longs Peak-Southeast Peak14,060240Front Range.1 

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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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