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Colorado 14,000-foot Peaks

Ranked Peaks have 280 feet of Clean Prominence

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RankPeak Elev-M
Range (Level 4)Isol-KmAscent Date
1.Mount Elbert43992772Sawatch Range1079.1 
2.Mount Massive4396598Sawatch Range8.1 
3.Mount Harvard4395719Sawatch Range24.0 
4.Blanca Peak43721623Sangre de Cristo Range166.4 
5.Mount Massive-Northwest Peak437185Sawatch Range1.2 
6.La Plata Peak4370560Sawatch Range10.0 
7.Uncompahgre Peak43611304San Juan Mountains136.8 
 Mount Massive-Green Peak435937Sawatch Range.4 
8.Crestone Peak43571388Sangre de Cristo Range44.0 
9.Mount Lincoln43541177Central Colorado Ranges36.2 
10.Grays Peak4349844Front Range40.2 
11.Mount Antero4349763Sawatch Range28.4 
12.Torreys Peak4349171Front Range1.1 
13.Castle Peak4348721Elk Range Area33.6 
13.Quandary Peak4348343Central Colorado Ranges5.1 
15.Mount Evans4348842Front Range15.7 
 Crestone Peak-Northeast Peak434637Sangre de Cristo Range.2 
 Crestone Peak-East Peak434624Sangre de Cristo Range.1 
 Mount Evans-West Peak434535Front Range.5 
16.Longs Peak4345896Front Range70.2 
17.Mount Wilson43421227San Juan Mountains53.1 
 Mount Cameron434042Central Colorado Ranges.8 
18.Mount Shavano4337493Sawatch Range6.1 
19.Mount Princeton4327664Sawatch Range8.3 
19.Mount Belford4327408Sawatch Range5.3 
19.Crestone Needle4327139Sangre de Cristo Range.7 
22.Mount Yale4327578Sawatch Range8.8 
 La Plata Peak-East Peak432224Sawatch Range.2 
23.Mount Bross432095Central Colorado Ranges1.5 
 Mount Massive-Far Northwest Peak43199Sawatch Range.5 
24.Kit Carson Mountain4317312Sangre de Cristo Range2.1 
 El Diente431673San Juan Mountains1.2 
25.Maroon Peak4315712Elk Range Area12.9 
26.Tabeguache Peak4314139Sawatch Range1.2 
27.Mount Oxford4314199Sawatch Range2.0 
28.Mount Sneffels4313930San Juan Mountains25.3 
29.Mount Democrat4312234Central Colorado Ranges1.9 
 Mount Elbert-South Peak430871Sawatch Range1.2 
 Mount Massive-Southeast Peak430771Sawatch Range.7 
30.Capitol Peak4307533Elk Range Area12.0 
 Mount Wilson-West Peak430443San Juan Mountains.5 
31.Pikes Peak43011686Front Range97.6 
 Mount Wilson-South Peak430152San Juan Mountains.5 
32.Snowmass Mountain4295351Elk Range Area3.7 
33.Windom Peak4294667San Juan Mountains42.4 
34.Mount Eolus4293312San Juan Mountains2.7 
35.Challenger Point429292Sangre de Cristo Range.4 
36.Mount Columbia4289272Sawatch Range2.6 
37.Missouri Mountain4288258Sawatch Range2.0 
38.Humboldt Peak4287367Sangre de Cristo Range2.3 
39.Mount Bierstadt4285219Front Range1.7 
 Conundrum Peak428573Elk Range Area.6 
 Longs Peak-Southeast Peak428573Front Range.1 
40.Sunlight Peak4285122San Juan Mountains.8 
41.Handies Peak4282582San Juan Mountains17.8 
42.Culebra Peak42821471Sangre de Cristo Range56.9 
43.Mount Lindsey4280470Sangre de Cristo Range3.6 
43.Ellingwood Point4280104Sangre de Cristo Range.7 
 North Eolus427955San Juan Mountains.4 
45.Little Bear Peak4278115Sangre de Cristo Range1.5 
46.Mount Sherman4278259Central Colorado Ranges12.9 
47.Redcloud Peak4278438San Juan Mountains7.9 
 South Conundrum Peak427413Elk Range Area.2 
 South Bross Peak427324Central Colorado Ranges.5 
 Little Bear Peak-South Peak427324Sangre de Cristo Range.3 
48.Pyramid Peak4273499Elk Range Area3.4 
49.Wilson Peak4272261San Juan Mountains2.3 
50.Wetterhorn Peak4272498San Juan Mountains4.4 
51.San Luis Peak4271949San Juan Mountains43.4 
 North Maroon Peak427171Elk Range Area.6 
52.Mount of the Holy Cross4269643Sawatch Range29.6 
53.Huron Peak4268434Sawatch Range5.2 
54.Sunshine Peak4268153San Juan Mountains2.0 
 Columbia Point4261110Sangre de Cristo Range.3 
 Kitty Kat Carson426124Sangre de Cristo Range.5 

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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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