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 Needle Summit of Crestone Peak Mt. Lindsey Humboldt Peak View from Crestone Needle
The Hourglass on Little Bear North face of Blanca Peak Willow Lake - on the way to Challenger Duchess on the summit of Humboldt Kit Carson
Summit of Blanca Peak Snowy slopes of Blanca Frozen Lake Como Running up Elingwood Point Elingwood Point
Front RangeFront range
extends from Wyoming southward for 175 miles to the Arkansas River Valley west of Pueblo. It contains 6 fourteeners.
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.
14,270 ft - easy hiking done together with Torreys.
14,264 ft - easy hiking from summit lake in late November
14,065 ft - from Guanella Pass, class 2, beautiful autumn colors
14,110 ft - just ran the marathon, 26.2 miles, starting in Manitou Springs, up and down, tons of fun, sore legs afterwards
Gray's & Torrey's Mount Bierstadt Approach to Longs
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.
14,265 ft - nice winter summit
14,148 ft - all 4 above can be done easily in one day from Kite Lake Trailhead.
14,036 ft - another easy winter 14er.
Quandary Peak and my companion Glissading down Quandary Mount Cameron Pica
Sawatch RangeThe 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
14,421 ft - the summit ridge is 3 miles long.
14,433 ft - Colorado's highest, and one of the easiest ones
14,336 ft - we got caught in a nice snowstorm up there
14,003 - it rained on us here
14,153 ft - these 2 are typically done together, easy hiking
14,067 ft - a little more fun than the previous two.
14,420 ft - we had a nice snow hike here, I remember crawling in a deep snow
14,073 ft - another rainy one
14,196 ft - a quick jog up and down from Denny Creek TH
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)...
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. .
14,155 ft - not sure how to pronounce the last one, these two are typically done together
Duchess on Massive Duchess going up Harvard Mount of Holly Cross Mt. Elbert from Twin Lakes Duchess on Missouri
Missouri Mountain Marmot Mt. Princeton Morning frost Duchess up Elbert
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.
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.
14,092 ft - fun route, some rain, lots of loose scree/boulders to deal with
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.
14,018 ft - fun peak, great views
14,265 ft - the easiest one in Elks
14,060 ft - too close to Castle, so technically not a separate peak, but still fun
Knife Edge on Capitol Pose on Pyramid View from Capitol Pyramid ledges Mountain Goat
Snowmass summit Snowmass from Capitol Pyramid from the saddle Maroon Bells Sunset at Capitol Peak
Capitol Lake Duchess on Snowmass Arrowleaf Balsamroot Hikers descending Snowmass North Snowmass Mountain
San Juan RangeSan 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.
14,309 ft - dramatic from the north, lovely summit
14,015 ft - fun little scramble
14,001 ft - these two are usually done together.
14,048 ft- one of the easiest and shortest ones
14,083 ft - fun, easy to combine with North Eolus, fun catwalk
14,059 ft - nice summit block and little exposed move to get up there
14,082 ft - the easiest one in Chicago basin
14,017 ft - nice little scramble, great views
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.
14,246 ft - traversed from El Diente, and down on north slopes, tons of scree on the way down...
14,150 ft - the best one is the last one, more than 12 summits, many different routes, our favorite (Duchess has summited 7x?)
El Diente Mt. Sneffels Wilson Peak El Diente North face of Sneffels
Uncompahgre Sneffels from Blain Basin Lavender Col SW ridge on Sneffels Sunlight Spire
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