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Colorado 14,000-foot Peaks

Ranked Peaks have 280 feet of Clean Prominence

RankPeak Elev-M
Range (Level 4)Isol-KmAscent Date
 South Bross Peak427324Central Colorado Ranges1.0 
 Mount CameronNullNullCentral Colorado Ranges.8 
9.Mount LincolnNullNullCentral Colorado Ranges36.2 
13.Quandary PeakNullNullCentral Colorado Ranges5.1 
23.Mount BrossNullNullCentral Colorado Ranges1.6 
29.Mount DemocratNullNullCentral Colorado Ranges2.0 
46.Mount ShermanNullNullCentral Colorado Ranges13.0 
 Conundrum Peak428573Elk Range Area.7 
 North Maroon PeakNullNullElk Range Area.6 
 South Conundrum PeakNullNullElk Range Area.2 
13.Castle PeakNullNullElk Range Area33.6 
25.Maroon PeakNullNullElk Range Area13.0 
30.Capitol PeakNullNullElk Range Area12.0 
32.Snowmass MountainNullNullElk Range Area3.8 
48.Pyramid PeakNullNullElk Range Area3.4 
 Longs Peak-Southeast Peak428573Front Range.2 
 Mount Evans-West PeakNullNullFront Range.5 
10.Grays PeakNullNullFront Range40.2 
12.Torreys PeakNullNullFront Range1.1 
15.Mount EvansNullNullFront Range15.8 
16.Longs PeakNullNullFront Range70.2 
31.Pikes PeakNullNullFront Range97.6 
39.Mount BierstadtNullNullFront Range1.8 
 Mount Wilson-West Peak430443San Juan Mountains.5 
 El DienteNullNullSan Juan Mountains1.2 
 North EolusNullNullSan Juan Mountains.4 
 Mount Wilson-South PeakNullNullSan Juan Mountains.5 
7.Uncompahgre PeakNullNullSan Juan Mountains136.8 
17.Mount WilsonNullNullSan Juan Mountains53.1 
28.Mount SneffelsNullNullSan Juan Mountains25.3 
33.Windom PeakNullNullSan Juan Mountains42.4 
34.Mount EolusNullNullSan Juan Mountains2.7 
40.Sunlight PeakNullNullSan Juan Mountains.8 
41.Handies PeakNullNullSan Juan Mountains18.0 
47.Redcloud PeakNullNullSan Juan Mountains7.9 
49.Wilson PeakNullNullSan Juan Mountains2.4 
50.Wetterhorn PeakNullNullSan Juan Mountains4.4 
51.San Luis PeakNullNullSan Juan Mountains43.4 
54.Sunshine PeakNullNullSan Juan Mountains2.0 
 Crestone Peak-East Peak434624Sangre de Cristo Range.1 
 Crestone Peak-Northeast Peak434637Sangre de Cristo Range.2 
 Columbia Point4261110Sangre de Cristo Range.4 
 Kitty Kat Carson426124Sangre de Cristo Range.5 
 Little Bear Peak-South PeakNullNullSangre de Cristo Range.3 
4.Blanca PeakNullNullSangre de Cristo Range166.4 
8.Crestone PeakNullNullSangre de Cristo Range44.0 
19.Crestone NeedleNullNullSangre de Cristo Range.7 
24.Kit Carson MountainNullNullSangre de Cristo Range2.1 
35.Challenger PointNullNullSangre de Cristo Range.4 
38.Humboldt PeakNullNullSangre de Cristo Range2.3 
42.Culebra PeakNullNullSangre de Cristo Range56.9 
43.Mount LindseyNullNullSangre de Cristo Range3.6 
43.Ellingwood PointNullNullSangre de Cristo Range.8 
45.Little Bear PeakNullNullSangre de Cristo Range1.6 
5.Mount Massive-Northwest Peak437185Sawatch Range1.4 
 Mount Massive-Green Peak435937Sawatch Range.6 
 La Plata Peak-East Peak432224Sawatch Range.3 
 Mount Massive-Far Northwest PeakNullNullSawatch Range.6 
 Mount Massive-Southeast PeakNullNullSawatch Range1.1 
 Mount Elbert-South PeakNullNullSawatch Range1.6 
1.Mount ElbertNullNullSawatch Range1079.1 
2.Mount MassiveNullNullSawatch Range8.1 
3.Mount HarvardNullNullSawatch Range24.0 
6.La Plata PeakNullNullSawatch Range10.1 
11.Mount AnteroNullNullSawatch Range28.4 
18.Mount ShavanoNullNullSawatch Range6.1 
19.Mount BelfordNullNullSawatch Range5.3 
19.Mount PrincetonNullNullSawatch Range8.4 
22.Mount YaleNullNullSawatch Range8.9 
26.Tabeguache PeakNullNullSawatch Range1.2 
27.Mount OxfordNullNullSawatch Range2.0 
36.Mount ColumbiaNullNullSawatch Range3.1 
37.Missouri MountainNullNullSawatch Range2.1 
52.Mount of the Holy CrossNullNullSawatch Range29.6 
53.Huron PeakNullNullSawatch Range5.2 

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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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