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Colorado 14,000-foot Peaks

Ranked Peaks have 280 feet of Clean Prominence

Showing Brian Browning's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (0 out of 54, or 0%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft
(Avg)
 Prom-Ft
(Avg)
Range (Level 4)Isol-MiAscentsAscent Date
1.Mount Elbert14,4339093Sawatch Range670.61434 
2.Pikes Peak14,1105530Front Range60.61036 
3.Blanca Peak14,3455326Sangre de Cristo Range103.4301 
4.Culebra Peak14,0474827Sangre de Cristo Range35.4156 
5.Crestone Peak14,2944554Sangre de Cristo Range27.4208 
6.Uncompahgre Peak14,3094277San Juan Mountains85.0328 
7.Mount Wilson14,2464024San Juan Mountains33.0171 
8.Mount Lincoln14,2863862Central Colorado Ranges22.5718 
9.San Luis Peak14,0143113San Juan Mountains27.0216 
10.Mount Sneffels14,1503050San Juan Mountains15.7354 
11.Longs Peak14,2552940Front Range43.6709 
12.Grays Peak14,2702770Front Range25.0963 
13.Mount Evans14,2642764Front Range9.8851 
14.Mount Antero14,2692503Sawatch Range17.7292 
15.Castle Peak14,2652365Elk Range Area20.9267 
16.Mount Harvard14,4202360Sawatch Range14.9330 
17.Maroon Peak14,1562336Elk Range Area8.0166 
18.Windom Peak14,0872187San Juan Mountains26.3166 
19.Mount Princeton14,1972177Sawatch Range5.2352 
20.Mount of the Holy Cross14,0052111Sawatch Range18.4305 
21.Mount Massive14,4211961Sawatch Range5.1475 
22.Handies Peak14,0481908San Juan Mountains11.1324 
23.Mount Yale14,1961896Sawatch Range5.5398 
24.La Plata Peak14,3361836Sawatch Range6.2397 
25.Capitol Peak14,1301750Elk Range Area7.4168 
26.Pyramid Peak14,0181638Elk Range Area2.1157 
27.Wetterhorn Peak14,0151635San Juan Mountains2.7235 
28.Mount Shavano14,2291619Sawatch Range3.8378 
29.Mount Lindsey14,0421542Sangre de Cristo Range2.2187 
30.Redcloud Peak14,0341436San Juan Mountains4.9286 
31.Huron Peak14,0031423Sawatch Range3.2373 
32.Mount Belford14,1971337Sawatch Range3.3421 
33.Humboldt Peak14,0641204Sangre de Cristo Range1.4249 
34.Snowmass Mountain14,0921152Elk Range Area2.3148 
35.Quandary Peak14,2651125Central Colorado Ranges3.2896 
36.Kit Carson Mountain14,1651025Sangre de Cristo Range1.3180 
37.Mount Eolus14,0841024San Juan Mountains1.7146 
38.Mount Columbia14,073893Sawatch Range1.6243 
39.Wilson Peak14,017857San Juan Mountains1.4188 
40.Mount Sherman14,036850Central Colorado Ranges8.0609 
41.Missouri Mountain14,067847Sawatch Range1.3275 
42.Mount Democrat14,148768Central Colorado Ranges1.2738 
43.Mount Bierstadt14,060720Front Range1.0922 
44.Mount Oxford14,153653Sawatch Range1.2319 
45.Torreys Peak14,267560Front Range.7857 
46.Sunshine Peak14,001501San Juan Mountains1.3262 
47.Crestone Needle14,197457Sangre de Cristo Range.4211 
48.Tabeguache Peak14,155455Sawatch Range.8282 
49.Sunlight Peak14,059399San Juan Mountains.5146 
50.Little Bear Peak14,037377Sangre de Cristo Range.9147 
 Columbia Point13,980360Sangre de Cristo Range.261 
51.Ellingwood Point14,042342Sangre de Cristo Range.5190 
52.Mount Bross14,172312Central Colorado Ranges.9641 
53.Challenger Point14,081301Sangre de Cristo Range.2183 
54.Mount Massive-Northwest Peak14,340280Sawatch Range.769 
 Conundrum Peak14,060240Elk Range Area.4113 
 Longs Peak-Southeast Peak14,060240Front Range.117 
 El Diente14,159239San Juan Mountains.7132 
 Mount Elbert-South Peak14,134234Sawatch Range.788 
 North Maroon Peak14,014234Elk Range Area.4161 
 Mount Massive-Southeast Peak14,132232Sawatch Range.468 
 North Eolus14,039179San Juan Mountains.2104 
 Mount Wilson-South Peak14,110170San Juan Mountains.37 
 Mount Wilson-West Peak14,120140San Juan Mountains.331 
 Mount Cameron14,238138Central Colorado Ranges.5573 
 Mount Massive-Green Peak14,300120Sawatch Range.352 
 Crestone Peak-Northeast Peak14,260120Sangre de Cristo Range.113 
 Mount Evans-West Peak14,256116Front Range.3100 
 Crestone Peak-East Peak14,26080Sangre de Cristo Range.181 
 La Plata Peak-East Peak14,18080Sawatch Range.124 
 South Bross Peak14,02080Central Colorado Ranges.353 
 Little Bear Peak-South Peak14,02080Sangre de Cristo Range.213 
 Kitty Kat Carson13,98080Sangre de Cristo Range.346 
 South Conundrum Peak14,02242Elk Range Area.191 
 Mount Massive-Far Northwest Peak14,16929Sawatch Range.336 

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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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