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Colorado 14,000-foot Peaks

Ranked Peaks have 280 feet of Clean Prominence

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RankPeak Elev-Ft  Prom-Ft Range (Level 4)Isol-MiAscentsAscent Date
1.Mount Elbert14,4339073Sawatch Range670.61425 
2.Mount Massive14,4211941Sawatch Range5.1472 
3.Mount Harvard14,4202340Sawatch Range14.9329 
4.Blanca Peak14,3455326Sangre de Cristo Range103.4301 
5.La Plata Peak14,3361816Sawatch Range6.2395 
6.Uncompahgre Peak14,3094277San Juan Mountains85.0326 
7.Crestone Peak14,2944534Sangre de Cristo Range27.4208 
8.Mount Lincoln14,2863862Central Colorado Ranges22.5712 
9.Grays Peak14,2702750Front Range25.0959 
10.Mount Antero14,2692503Sawatch Range17.7289 
11.Torreys Peak14,267560Front Range.7852 
12.Castle Peak14,2652345Elk Range Area20.9266 
12.Quandary Peak14,2651105Central Colorado Ranges3.2890 
14.Mount Evans14,2642744Front Range9.8847 
15.Longs Peak14,2552940Front Range43.6706 
16.Mount Wilson14,2464024San Juan Mountains33.0171 
17.Mount Shavano14,2291619Sawatch Range3.8373 
18.Mount Princeton14,1972157Sawatch Range5.2348 
18.Mount Belford14,1971317Sawatch Range3.3418 
18.Crestone Needle14,197437Sangre de Cristo Range.4211 
21.Mount Yale14,1961876Sawatch Range5.5395 
22.Mount Bross14,172292Central Colorado Ranges.9635 
23.Kit Carson Mountain14,1651005Sangre de Cristo Range1.3180 
24.Maroon Peak14,1562316Elk Range Area8.0166 
25.Tabeguache Peak14,155435Sawatch Range.8279 
26.Mount Oxford14,153633Sawatch Range1.2316 
27.Mount Sneffels14,1503030San Juan Mountains15.7354 
28.Mount Democrat14,148748Central Colorado Ranges1.2732 
29.Capitol Peak14,1301730Elk Range Area7.4168 
30.Pikes Peak14,1105510Front Range60.61029 
31.Snowmass Mountain14,0921132Elk Range Area2.3148 
32.Windom Peak14,0872167San Juan Mountains26.3165 
33.Mount Eolus14,0841004San Juan Mountains1.7146 
34.Challenger Point14,081281Sangre de Cristo Range.2183 
35.Mount Columbia14,073873Sawatch Range1.6243 
36.Missouri Mountain14,067827Sawatch Range1.3273 
37.Humboldt Peak14,0641184Sangre de Cristo Range1.4246 
38.Mount Bierstadt14,060700Front Range1.0915 
39.Sunlight Peak14,059379San Juan Mountains.5146 
40.Handies Peak14,0481888San Juan Mountains11.1321 
41.Culebra Peak14,0474807Sangre de Cristo Range35.4156 
42.Mount Lindsey14,0421522Sangre de Cristo Range2.2187 
42.Ellingwood Point14,042322Sangre de Cristo Range.5190 
44.Little Bear Peak14,037357Sangre de Cristo Range.9147 
45.Mount Sherman14,036850Central Colorado Ranges8.0606 
46.Redcloud Peak14,0341436San Juan Mountains4.9284 
47.Pyramid Peak14,0181618Elk Range Area2.1157 
48.Wilson Peak14,017857San Juan Mountains1.4188 
49.Wetterhorn Peak14,0151615San Juan Mountains2.7235 
50.San Luis Peak14,0143113San Juan Mountains27.0216 
51.Mount of the Holy Cross14,0052111Sawatch Range18.4303 
52.Huron Peak14,0031403Sawatch Range3.2370 
53.Sunshine Peak14,001481San Juan Mountains1.3260 

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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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