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Colorado 14,000-foot Peaks

Ranked Peaks have 280 feet of Clean Prominence

Showing Jay Rosenthal's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (0 out of 57, or 0%)

RankPeak Elev-M
Range (Level 4)Isol-KmAscent Date
1.Mount Elbert43992778Sawatch Range1079.1 
2.Mount Massive4396604Sawatch Range8.1 
3.Mount Harvard4395725Sawatch Range24.0 
4.Mount Massive-Northwest Peak437798Sawatch Range1.2 
5.Blanca Peak43721623Sangre de Cristo Range166.4 
6.La Plata Peak4370566Sawatch Range10.0 
7.Uncompahgre Peak43611304San Juan Mountains136.8 
8.Crestone Peak43571394Sangre de Cristo Range44.0 
9.Mount Lincoln43541177Central Colorado Ranges36.2 
10.Grays Peak4349850Front Range40.2 
11.Mount Antero4349763Sawatch Range28.4 
12.Torreys Peak4349171Front Range1.1 
13.Castle Peak4348727Elk Range Area33.6 
13.Quandary Peak4348349Central Colorado Ranges5.1 
15.Mount Evans4348849Front Range15.7 
16.Longs Peak4345896Front Range70.2 
17.Mount Wilson43421227San Juan Mountains53.1 
18.Mount Shavano4337493Sawatch Range6.1 
19.Mount Princeton4327670Sawatch Range8.3 
19.Mount Belford4327414Sawatch Range5.3 
19.Crestone Needle4327145Sangre de Cristo Range.7 
22.Mount Yale4327584Sawatch Range8.8 
23.Mount Bross4320101Central Colorado Ranges1.5 
24.Kit Carson Mountain4317319Sangre de Cristo Range2.1 
25.Maroon Peak4315718Elk Range Area12.9 
26.Tabeguache Peak4314145Sawatch Range1.2 
27.Mount Oxford4314205Sawatch Range2.0 
28.Mount Sneffels4313936San Juan Mountains25.3 
29.Mount Democrat4312240Central Colorado Ranges1.9 
30.Capitol Peak4307539Elk Range Area12.0 
31.Pikes Peak43011692Front Range97.6 
32.Snowmass Mountain4295357Elk Range Area3.7 
33.Windom Peak4294673San Juan Mountains42.4 
34.Mount Eolus4293318San Juan Mountains2.7 
35.Challenger Point429298Sangre de Cristo Range.4 
36.Conundrum Peak429285Elk Range Area.6 
36.Longs Peak-Southeast Peak429285Front Range.1 
38.Mount Columbia4289278Sawatch Range2.6 
39.Missouri Mountain4288264Sawatch Range2.0 
40.Humboldt Peak4287373Sangre de Cristo Range2.3 
41.Mount Bierstadt4285226Front Range1.7 
42.Sunlight Peak4285128San Juan Mountains.8 
43.Handies Peak4282588San Juan Mountains17.8 
44.Culebra Peak42821477Sangre de Cristo Range56.9 
45.Mount Lindsey4280476Sangre de Cristo Range3.6 
45.Ellingwood Point4280110Sangre de Cristo Range.7 
47.Little Bear Peak4278121Sangre de Cristo Range1.5 
48.Mount Sherman4278259Central Colorado Ranges12.9 
49.Redcloud Peak4278438San Juan Mountains7.9 
50.Pyramid Peak4273505Elk Range Area3.4 
51.Wilson Peak4272261San Juan Mountains2.3 
52.Wetterhorn Peak4272504San Juan Mountains4.4 
53.San Luis Peak4271949San Juan Mountains43.4 
54.Mount of the Holy Cross4269643Sawatch Range29.6 
55.Huron Peak4268440Sawatch Range5.2 
56.Sunshine Peak4268159San Juan Mountains2.0 
57.Columbia Point4267122Sangre 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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