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Colorado 14,000-foot Peaks

Ranked Peaks have 280 feet of Clean Prominence

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RankPeak Elev-M  Prom-M Range (Level 4)Isol-KmAscentsAscent Date
1.Mount Elbert43992765Sawatch Range1079.11422 
2.Mount Massive4396592Sawatch Range8.1472 
3.Mount Harvard4395713Sawatch Range24.0329 
4.Blanca Peak43721623Sangre de Cristo Range166.4301 
5.La Plata Peak4370554Sawatch Range10.0393 
 Mount Massive-Northwest Peak436573Sawatch Range1.269 
6.Uncompahgre Peak43611304San Juan Mountains136.8326 
7.Crestone Peak43571382Sangre de Cristo Range44.0208 
8.Mount Lincoln43541177Central Colorado Ranges36.2710 
 Mount Massive-Green Peak435324Sawatch Range.452 
9.Grays Peak4349838Front Range40.2955 
10.Mount Antero4349763Sawatch Range28.4287 
11.Torreys Peak4349171Front Range1.1849 
12.Castle Peak4348715Elk Range Area33.6265 
12.Quandary Peak4348337Central Colorado Ranges5.1884 
14.Mount Evans4348836Front Range15.7844 
 Mount Evans-West Peak434529Front Range.5100 
15.Longs Peak4345896Front Range70.2703 
16.Mount Wilson43421227San Juan Mountains53.1171 
 Crestone Peak-Northeast Peak434024Sangre de Cristo Range.213 
 Crestone Peak-East Peak434012Sangre de Cristo Range.181 
 Mount Cameron434036Central Colorado Ranges.8566 
17.Mount Shavano4337493Sawatch Range6.1372 
18.Mount Princeton4327657Sawatch Range8.3348 
18.Mount Belford4327401Sawatch Range5.3417 
18.Crestone Needle4327133Sangre de Cristo Range.7211 
21.Mount Yale4327572Sawatch Range8.8392 
22.Mount Bross432089Central Colorado Ranges1.5633 
 Mount Massive-Far Northwest Peak43193Sawatch Range.536 
23.Kit Carson Mountain4317306Sangre de Cristo Range2.1180 
 La Plata Peak-East Peak431612Sawatch Range.224 
 El Diente431673San Juan Mountains1.2132 
24.Maroon Peak4315706Elk Range Area12.9166 
25.Tabeguache Peak4314133Sawatch Range1.2278 
26.Mount Oxford4314193Sawatch Range2.0315 
27.Mount Sneffels4313924San Juan Mountains25.3353 
28.Mount Democrat4312228Central Colorado Ranges1.9730 
 Mount Elbert-South Peak430865Sawatch Range1.288 
 Mount Massive-Southeast Peak430765Sawatch Range.768 
29.Capitol Peak4307527Elk Range Area12.0168 
30.Pikes Peak43011679Front Range97.61028 
 Mount Wilson-South Peak430146San Juan Mountains.57 
 Mount Wilson-West Peak429830San Juan Mountains.531 
31.Snowmass Mountain4295345Elk Range Area3.7148 
32.Windom Peak4294661San Juan Mountains42.4165 
33.Mount Eolus4293306San Juan Mountains2.7146 
34.Challenger Point429286Sangre de Cristo Range.4183 
35.Mount Columbia4289266Sawatch Range2.6243 
36.Missouri Mountain4288252Sawatch Range2.0272 
37.Humboldt Peak4287361Sangre de Cristo Range2.3245 
38.Mount Bierstadt4285213Front Range1.7913 
39.Sunlight Peak4285116San Juan Mountains.8146 
40.Handies Peak4282575San Juan Mountains17.8318 
41.Culebra Peak42821465Sangre de Cristo Range56.9156 
42.Mount Lindsey4280464Sangre de Cristo Range3.6186 
42.Ellingwood Point428098Sangre de Cristo Range.7190 
 Conundrum Peak427961Elk Range Area.6113 
 Longs Peak-Southeast Peak427961Front Range.117 
 North Eolus427948San Juan Mountains.4104 
44.Little Bear Peak4278109Sangre de Cristo Range1.5147 
45.Mount Sherman4278259Central Colorado Ranges12.9604 
46.Redcloud Peak4278438San Juan Mountains7.9283 
 South Conundrum Peak42747Elk Range Area.291 
 Little Bear Peak-South Peak427318Sangre de Cristo Range.313 
47.Pyramid Peak4273493Elk Range Area3.4157 
48.Wilson Peak4272261San Juan Mountains2.3188 
49.Wetterhorn Peak4272492San Juan Mountains4.4235 
50.San Luis Peak4271949San Juan Mountains43.4216 
 North Maroon Peak427165Elk Range Area.6161 
51.Mount of the Holy Cross4269643Sawatch Range29.6303 
52.Huron Peak4268428Sawatch Range5.2368 
53.Sunshine Peak4268147San Juan Mountains2.0259 
 South Bross Peak426712Central Colorado Ranges.553 
 Columbia Point425598Sangre de Cristo Range.361 
 Kitty Kat Carson425512Sangre de Cristo Range.546 

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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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