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Colorado 14,000-foot Peaks

Ranked Peaks have 280 feet of Clean Prominence

RankPeak Elev-M  Prom-M Range (Level 4)Isol-Km
5.Blanca Peak43721623Sangre de Cristo Range166.4
29.Capitol Peak4307527Elk Range Area12.0
12.Castle Peak4348715Elk Range Area33.6
34.Challenger Point429286Sangre de Cristo Range.4
 Columbia Point425598Sangre de Cristo Range.4
 Conundrum Peak42747Elk Range Area.2
18.Crestone Needle4327133Sangre de Cristo Range.7
7.Crestone Peak43571382Sangre de Cristo Range44.0
 Crestone Peak-East Peak434012Sangre de Cristo Range.1
41.Culebra Peak42821466Sangre de Cristo Range56.9
 El Diente431673San Juan Mountains1.2
42.Ellingwood Point428098Sangre de Cristo Range.8
9.Grays Peak4349838Front Range40.2
40.Handies Peak4282576San Juan Mountains18.0
37.Humboldt Peak4287361Sangre de Cristo Range2.3
52.Huron Peak4268428Sawatch Range5.2
23.Kit Carson Mountain4317306Sangre de Cristo Range2.1
 Kitty Kat Carson425512Sangre de Cristo Range.5
4.La Plata Peak4377561Sawatch Range10.1
44.Little Bear Peak4278108Sangre de Cristo Range1.6
15.Longs Peak4345896Front Range70.2
24.Maroon Peak4315706Elk Range Area13.0
36.Missouri Mountain4288252Sawatch Range2.1
10.Mount Antero4349763Sawatch Range28.4
18.Mount Belford4327401Sawatch Range5.3
38.Mount Bierstadt4285213Front Range1.8
22.Mount Bross432089Central Colorado Ranges1.6
 Mount Cameron434036Central Colorado Ranges.8
35.Mount Columbia4289266Sawatch Range3.1
28.Mount Democrat4312228Central Colorado Ranges2.0
1.Mount Elbert43992765Sawatch Range1079.1
 Mount Elbert-South Peak430865Sawatch Range1.6
33.Mount Eolus4293306San Juan Mountains2.7
14.Mount Evans4348837Front Range15.8
3.Mount Harvard4395713Sawatch Range24.0
8.Mount Lincoln43541177Central Colorado Ranges36.2
42.Mount Lindsey4280464Sangre de Cristo Range3.6
2.Mount Massive4396592Sawatch Range8.1
 Mount Massive-Far Northwest Peak43193Sawatch Range.6
 Mount Massive-Green Peak435325Sawatch Range.6
 Mount Massive-Northwest Peak436573Sawatch Range1.4
 Mount Massive-Southeast Peak430764Sawatch Range1.1
51.Mount of the Holy Cross4269644Sawatch Range29.6
26.Mount Oxford4314193Sawatch Range2.0
18.Mount Princeton4327657Sawatch Range8.4
17.Mount Shavano4337493Sawatch Range6.1
45.Mount Sherman4278259Central Colorado Ranges13.0
27.Mount Sneffels4313924San Juan Mountains25.3
16.Mount Wilson43421226San Juan Mountains53.1
21.Mount Yale4327572Sawatch Range8.9
 North Conundrum Peak427961Elk Range Area.7
 North Eolus427948San Juan Mountains.4
 North Maroon Peak427165Elk Range Area.6
 Northeast Crestone434024Sangre de Cristo Range.2
30.Pikes Peak43011680Front Range97.6
47.Pyramid Peak4273493Elk Range Area3.4
12.Quandary Peak4348337Central Colorado Ranges5.1
46.Redcloud Peak4278438San Juan Mountains7.9
50.San Luis Peak4271948San Juan Mountains43.4
31.Snowmass Mountain4295345Elk Range Area3.8
 South Bross Peak426712Central Colorado Ranges1.0
 South Wilson430146San Juan Mountains.5
39.Sunlight Peak4285115San Juan Mountains.8
53.Sunshine Peak4268147San Juan Mountains2.0
25.Tabeguache Peak4314132Sawatch Range1.2
11.Torreys Peak4349171Front Range1.1
6.Uncompahgre Peak43611303San Juan Mountains136.8
 West Evans434529Front Range.5
 West Wilson429831San Juan Mountains.5
49.Wetterhorn Peak4272492San Juan Mountains4.4
48.Wilson Peak4272261San Juan Mountains2.4
32.Windom Peak4294661San Juan Mountains42.4

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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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