Colorado fourteeners

Colorado fourteeners

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Capitol Peak Capitol Peak
In mountaineering in the United States, a fourteener is a mountain peak that exceeds 14,000 feet (4.267 meters) elevation.  Colorado is a very mountainous state and has officially 54 fourteeners, although the count may vary to up to 59. Some peaks are so close to each other, or the saddle does not descend low enough to be counted by some as a separate fourteener. Anyway, it is a common contest by many hikers/climbers to climb them all. Some of the peaks can be very crowded on weekends, some are just a walk-up, e.g. the highest point in Colorado - Mt. Elbert, and some offer very technical routes and have a long access. My dog Duchess summited 45 of these fourteeners, including some technical peaks - both Crestones, Little Bear in the winter, and some like Sneffels she did 7x! Duchess is 14 years old now, and probably will never finish them all, not just due to her age, but also due to some logistics. Long's Peak is located within the national park boundary, so no dogs allowed, and Culebra Peak is on private land - again, no dogs allowed. 
Hiking peaks is a spiritual experience for me, and typically I enjoy going alone with my dog. I sometimes join others, and sometimes I convince my son to go with us, but most of the time prefer to be on my own. Many friends were worried about this and asked not to do it, but I need this. Please don't ask me to stop. Lately, I am doing more 13ers - less crowds, more fun with route finding, and I love San Juans

Sangre De Cristos

Sangre de Cristo means "blood of Christ" in Spanish, and the name suits its name. The mountains look red like blood during the sunsets. The Sangres start south of Salida and run south for 220 miles to Sante Fe, New Mexico. The Sangre de Cristo Range is longer than any other Colorado range. Indeed, Colorado cannot contain it. 
Crestone Peak 14,294 ft - lovely 3rd class scramble to its top
Crestone Needle 14,197 ft - another fun scrambling, still need to come back for Ellingwood Arete 5.7 (one of the 50 classic climbs in North America)
Humboldt Peak 14,064 ft - walk up, great views
Challenger Point 14,081 ft - named in memory of the crew of space shuttle Challenger, class 2 walk up
Kit Carson 14,165 ft - would like to come back for the Prow, 5.8 climb
Blanca Peak 14,345 ft - nice snow climb in the winter
Little Bear Peak 14,037 ft - twice, and once with my dog Duchess
Ellingwood Point 14,042 ft - nice class 2 walk up
Mount Lindsey 14,042 ft - again, nice walk up, did it in icy condition
Culebra Peak 14,047 ft - I am missing this one. I do not like to pay a fee for hiking a peak with a group of people and leaving my dog behind...Finally paid the fees and did it in June 2020. 
Crestone NeedleCrestone Needle
Crestone PeakSummit of Crestone Peak
Mt. Lindsey, ColoradoMt. Lindsey
Humboldt PeakHumboldt Peak
View from Crestone NeedleView from Crestone Needle
The hourglass on Little Bear, ColoradoThe Hourglass on Little Bear
North face of Blanca PeakNorth face of Blanca Peak
Willow Lake, ColoradoWillow Lake - on the way to Challenger
Duchess on the summit of HumboldtDuchess on the summit of Humboldt
Kit CarsonKit Carson
Summit of Blanca PeakSummit of Blanca Peak
Snowy slopes of BlancaSnowy slopes of Blanca
Frozen Lake ComoFrozen Lake Como
Running up ElingwoodRunning up Elingwood Point
Near the Elingwood Point s summitElingwood Point

Front Range

Front range extends from Wyoming southward for 175 miles to the Arkansas River Valley west of Pueblo. It contains 6 fourteeners. Longs Peak 14,255 feet: Located within Rocky Mountain National Park. I tried to avoid the Keyhole route, and ascended via Meeker (13ers first), then rappel down to the notch, and finally 5.6 free climbing to the top, descend via cable route. Grays Peak 14,270 ft - easy hiking done together with Torreys. Torreys Peak 14,267 ft Mount Evans 14,264 ft - easy hiking from summit lake in late November Mount Bierstadt 14,065 ft - from Guanella Pass, class 2, beautiful autumn colors Pikes Peak 14,110 ft - just ran the marathon, 26.2 miles, starting in Manitou Springs, up and down, tons of fun, sore legs afterwards
Grays&TorreysGray's & Torrey's
another busy sundayMount Bierstadt
Approach hikeApproach to Longs

Tenmile-Mosquito Range

The Continental Divide sneaks through this north-south range on an east-west line: the Tenmile range is north of the divide, and the Mosquito Range is south of the divide. All the 14ers here can be ascended by easy class 1-2 hiking. Quandary Peak 14,265 ft - nice winter summit Mount Lincoln 14286 ft Mount Cameron 14,238 ft Mount Bross 14,172 ft Mount Democrat 14,148 ft - all 4 above can be done easily in one day from Kite Lake Trailhead. Mount Sherman 14,036 ft - another easy winter 14er.
On the way to the top of Quandary Peak, ColoradoQuandary Peak and my companion
GlissadeGlissading down Quandary
Mt CameronMount Cameron

Sawatch Range

The Sawatch range runs through the heartland of Colorado Rockies. The range has 15 fourteeners - more than California, and more than any other range in Colorado. Mount fo Holly Cross 14,005 - fun hiking from Halfmoon TH, very pretty peak Mount Massive 14,421 ft - the summit ridge is 3 miles long. Mount Elbert 14,433 ft - Colorado's highest, and one of the easiest ones La Plata 14,336 ft - we got caught in a nice snowstorm up there Huron Peak 14,003 - it rained on us here Mount Belford 14,197 ft Mount Oxfort 14,153 ft - these 2 are typically done together, easy hiking Mount Missouri 14,067 ft - a little more fun than the previous two. Mount Harvard 14,420 ft - we had a nice snow hike here, I remember crawling in a deep snow Mount Columbia 14,073 ft - another rainy one Mount Yale 14,196 ft - a quick jog up and down from Denny Creek TH Mount Princeton 14,197 - snowy one, I thought that my son will call social services on me during this one (he considered it to be the biggest torture ever, he was 6 years old then)... Mount Antero 14,269 ft - still missing this one, we started hiking it with my son when he was 6, but refused to go on….returned back when my son 20, probably Duchess's last 14er, she was so tired afterwards. .  Mount Shavano 14,229 ft Mount Tabeguache 14,155 ft - not sure how to pronounce the last one, these two are typically done together
Treat on Mt. MassiveDuchess on Massive
Duchess climbing HarvardDuchess going up Harvard
Mt. of the Holy CrossMount of Holly Cross
Mt. ElbertMt. Elbert from Twin Lakes
Duchess posing on the top of Missouri MountainDuchess on Missouri
Missouri MountainMissouri Mountain
Mt. Princeton, ColoradoMt. Princeton
Morning frost at 12,000 feet plusMorning frost
Pose on Mt. ElbertDuchess up Elbert

Elk Range

The Elk range receives a lot of snow, and several major ski areas near Aspen take advantage of this fact. The Elk's seven 14ers are some of the Colorado's most rugged and beautiful peaks. Capitol Peak 14,130 feet - who does not know on SP the famous Knife Edge. That hike is so much fun! Duchess missed this one, and she is too old now. Snowmass Mountain 14,092 ft - fun route, some rain, lots of loose scree/boulders to deal with Maroon Peak 14,156 ft - Duchess did not like this one, I had to carry her down in a backpack. North Maroon Peak 14,041 ft - still missing this one. Pyramid Peak 14,018 ft - fun peak, great views Castle Peak 14,265 ft - the easiest one in Elks Conundrum Peak 14,060 ft - too close to Castle, so technically not a separate peak, but still fun
Knife edgeKnife Edge on Capitol
Posing on the top of Pyramid, ColoradoPose on Pyramid
View from climbing CapitolView from Capitol
Ledges on Pyramid PeakPyramid ledges
Mountain goatMountain Goat
Snowmass Mountain SummitSnowmass summit
Snowmass and its ridgeSnowmass from Capitol
Pyramid Peak from the saddlePyramid from the saddle
Maroon Bells, ColoradoMaroon Bells
Capitol Peak and lakeSunset at Capitol Peak
Capitol LakeCapitol Lake
Duchess on top of SnowmassDuchess on Snowmass
Arrowleaf BalsamrootArrowleaf Balsamroot
Hikers descendingHikers descending Snowmass
North Snowmass MountainNorth Snowmass Mountain

San Juan Range

San Juan Range is my favorite, this range contains 11 fourteeners. San Luis Peak 14,014 ft - did it twice, once in the summer, and 2nd time in November, easy walk, good trail run. Uncompahgre Peak 14,309 ft - dramatic from the north, lovely summit Wetterhorn Peak 14,015 ft - fun little scramble Redcloud Peak 14,034 ft Sunshine Peak 14,001 ft - these two are usually done together. Handies Peak 14,048 ft- one of the easiest and shortest ones Mount Eolus 14,083 ft - fun, easy to combine with North Eolus, fun catwalk Sunlight Peak 14,059 ft - nice summit block and little exposed move to get up there Windom Peak 14,082 ft - the easiest one in Chicago basin Wilson Peak 14,017 ft - nice little scramble, great views El Diente 14,159 ft - did twice, once north slopes snow climb and down to Kipacker basin, 2nd time up North Buttress and over the traverse to Mount Wilson. Mount Wilson 14,246 ft - traversed from El Diente, and down on north slopes, tons of scree on the way down...  Mount Sneffels 14,150 ft - the best one is the last one, more than 12 summits, many different routes, our favorite (Duchess has summited 7x?)
Good night El DienteEl Diente
Mt. Sneffels smokingMt. Sneffels
Wilson peak framed in fall colorsWilson Peak
South Slopes of El DienteEl Diente
North face of SneffelsNorth face of Sneffels
Mount Sneffels Sneffels from Blain Basin
Col at 13,500 feet, Mt. SneffelsLavender Col
Spires on the SW ridge of SneffelsSW ridge on Sneffels
Climber on Sunlight SpireSunlight Spire
Signing the summit logSign log on Windom
the ridge between El Diente and WilsonEl Diente-Wilson Ridge
On the CatwalkCatwalk on Eolus
Hooray on the summitTop of Sunlight
Summit of HandiesSummit of Handies

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PAROFES - Jul 30, 2013 6:39 am - Voted 10/10

One question Liba

What is the elevation in feet or meters to be considered a mountain in the US (the proeminence from col to summit)?
Here in Brazil the mountain needs a proeminence of at least 300 meters, or else it will be considered a sub-summit only, and depending on the case, not even that.
Just got curious!


Scott - Jul 30, 2013 10:35 am - Hasn't voted

Re: One question Liba

It's 300 feet/91.4 meters for Colorado.

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Jul 30, 2013 11:17 am - Hasn't voted

Re: One question Liba

Paulo, Scott is right. It is only 300 feet elevation between saddles. Some of the peaks on SP are not the official peaks, e.g. Eolus and North Eolus (which is not considered a separate summit), but it is fun to scramble up.
Maroon Bells would not meet this criteria either, but because the ridge in between is so difficult, Gerry Roach in his Colorado 14ers gives it a separate status.

I almost prefer hiking 13ers, more solitude, more fun with route finding. Some areas of Colorado have old mining road leading very high, and some peaks require more than 20 mile approach. Lots of variety here :)

So, get better and come to visit!


PAROFES - Jul 31, 2013 3:20 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: One question Liba

Wow, just that? 300 feet? I guess we have to look again our choices down here hehehe

Thanks for the invitation Liba!
My friend Pedro Hauck is leaving Brazil today to the US, he'll be there tomorrow and he's gonna stay for a month I guess...his GF is up there for some time on.

But about me, well, I'm not sure about anything right now...have to wait to finish the chemo and see what happens...

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