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Colorado 14,000-foot Peaks

Ranked Peaks have 280 feet of Clean Prominence

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

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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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