Colorado 14,000-foot Peaks
Ranked Peaks have 280 feet of Clean Prominence
Showing Brennan Connelly's first ascent dates for climbed peaks
|Rank||Peak|| Elev-Ft || Prom-Ft ||Range (Level 4)||Isol-Mi||Ascent Date|
|1.||Mount Lincoln||14,286||3862||Central Colorado Ranges||22.5||1990-09|
|2.||Quandary Peak||14,265||1105||Central Colorado Ranges||3.2||1992 06|
|3.||Mount Bross||14,172||292||Central Colorado Ranges||1.0||1991-09|
|4.||Mount Democrat||14,148||748||Central Colorado Ranges||1.3||1991-09|
|5.||Mount Sherman||14,036||850||Central Colorado Ranges||8.1||1989-08|
|6.||Castle Peak||14,265||2345||Elk Range Area||20.9||1997-06|
|7.||Maroon Peak||14,156||2316||Elk Range Area||8.1|| |
|8.||Capitol Peak||14,130||1730||Elk Range Area||7.4|| |
|9.||Snowmass Mountain||14,092||1132||Elk Range Area||2.3||2000-08|
|10.||Pyramid Peak||14,018||1618||Elk Range Area||2.1||2001-07|
|11.||Grays Peak||14,270||2750||Front Range||25.0||1991-09|
|12.||Torreys Peak||14,267||560||Front Range||.7||1991-09|
|13.||Mount Evans||14,264||2744||Front Range||9.8||1995-09|
|14.||Longs Peak||14,255||2940||Front Range||43.6||1996 08|
|15.||Pikes Peak||14,110||5510||Front Range||60.6||1997-05|
|16.||Mount Bierstadt||14,060||700||Front Range||1.1||1989-10|
|17.||Uncompahgre Peak||14,309||4277||San Juan Mountains||85.0||2000-08|
|18.||Mount Wilson||14,246||4024||San Juan Mountains||33.0|| |
|19.||Mount Sneffels||14,150||3030||San Juan Mountains||15.7||2000-07|
|20.||Windom Peak||14,087||2167||San Juan Mountains||26.3|| |
|21.||Mount Eolus||14,084||1004||San Juan Mountains||1.7|| |
|22.||Sunlight Peak||14,059||379||San Juan Mountains||.5|| |
|23.||Handies Peak||14,048||1888||San Juan Mountains||11.2||1998-05|
|24.||Redcloud Peak||14,034||1436||San Juan Mountains||4.9||1997-07|
|25.||Wilson Peak||14,017||857||San Juan Mountains||1.5||2002-09|
|26.||Wetterhorn Peak||14,015||1615||San Juan Mountains||2.8|| |
|27.||San Luis Peak||14,014||3113||San Juan Mountains||27.0||1997-07|
|28.||Sunshine Peak||14,001||481||San Juan Mountains||1.3||1997-07|
|29.||Blanca Peak||14,345||5326||Sangre de Cristo Range||103.4||1992 09|
|30.||Crestone Peak||14,294||4534||Sangre de Cristo Range||27.4||2000-09|
|31.||Crestone Needle||14,197||437||Sangre de Cristo Range||.4||1997-07|
|32.||Kit Carson Mountain||14,165||1005||Sangre de Cristo Range||1.3||2000-08|
|33.||Challenger Point||14,081||281||Sangre de Cristo Range||.2||2000-08|
|34.||Humboldt Peak||14,064||1184||Sangre de Cristo Range||1.4||1997-06|
|35.||Culebra Peak||14,047||4807||Sangre de Cristo Range||35.4|| |
|36.||Mount Lindsey||14,042||1522||Sangre de Cristo Range||2.3||1995 09|
|36.||Ellingwood Point||14,042||322||Sangre de Cristo Range||.5||2002-07|
|38.||Little Bear Peak||14,037||357||Sangre de Cristo Range||1.0||2001-07|
|39.||Mount Elbert||14,433||9073||Sawatch Range||670.6||1987 07|
|40.||Mount Massive||14,421||1941||Sawatch Range||5.1||1988 08|
|41.||Mount Harvard||14,420||2340||Sawatch Range||14.9||1991-09|
|42.||La Plata Peak||14,361||1841||Sawatch Range||6.3||1994-07|
|43.||Mount Antero||14,269||2503||Sawatch Range||17.7||1987-07|
|44.||Mount Shavano||14,229||1619||Sawatch Range||3.8||1988-08|
|45.||Mount Belford||14,197||1317||Sawatch Range||3.3||1992 08|
|45.||Mount Princeton||14,197||2157||Sawatch Range||5.2||1994-06|
|47.||Mount Yale||14,196||1876||Sawatch Range||5.6||1988 06|
|48.||Tabeguache Peak||14,155||435||Sawatch Range||.8||1992-09|
|49.||Mount Oxford||14,153||633||Sawatch Range||1.2||1992 08|
|50.||Mount Columbia||14,073||873||Sawatch Range||1.9||1995-06|
|51.||Missouri Mountain||14,067||827||Sawatch Range||1.3||1992 08|
|52.||Mount of the Holy Cross||14,005||2111||Sawatch Range||18.4||1992 06|
|53.||Huron Peak||14,003||1403||Sawatch Range||3.2||1992 07|
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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.
Map Showing Location of Peaks
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