Every true Coloradan has made the trek up at least one 14er, some have made the trek up all of them. While the “official” number of 14ers is still debated from time to time, we did the research to determine where the 53 most legitimate ones got their names. For tips on how to climb and where to find each 14er, just click the links! Enjoy!
1. Mount Shavano – 14,235 feet
Nestled between the Continental Divide and the Arkansas River, Mount Shavano is named after Ute Chief Shavano.
2. Mount Sherman – 14,043 feet
Known for lying close to Leadville and for the many nearby mines, Mount Sherman is named after General William Tecumseh Sherman. General Sherman is most noteworthy for his many successes with the Union during the Civil War.
3. Mount Sneffels – 14,150 feet
One of the most photographed mountains in Colorado and the highest point in Ouray County, Mount Sneffels was named after a volcano in Iceland. This is because the western side of Mount Sneffels looks like a volcanic crater.
4. Mount Wilson – 14,252 feet
Like many mountains named after the first person to conquer them, Mount Wilson is named after A. D. Wilson, an American cartographer. Interestingly enough, when he summited in 1874, he took a route up the south ridge that’s so difficult, it’s rarely used today.
5. Mount Yale – 14,200 feet
Another Collegiate Peak 14er that’s easy to guess, Mount Yale was named after Yale University.
6. Mount of the Holy Cross – 14,011 feet
At certain times of the year, it’s very easy to see how Mount of the Holy Cross got it’s name. It comes from the giant cross-shaped snowfield that spans it’s most famous face.
7. Pikes Peak – 14,115 feet
Once called El Capitan, Pikes Peak was renamed to honor Zebulon Pike, an Army officer and explorer who attempted but failed to summit.
8. Pyramid Peak – 14,025 feet
Another mountain that makes it easy to see how it got its name, when viewed from the proper angle, Pyramid Peak resembles a pyramid.
9. Quandary Peak – 14,271 feet
This mountain has a funny story behind its namesake, coming down to a few confused miners. After finding a mineral sample on it’s slopes during the 1960s and being unable to identify it despite much debate, they found themselves in a “quandary”, thus “ Quandary Peak” was born.
10. Redcloud Peak – 14,041 feet
11. San Luis Peak – 14,022 feet
While it can’t be said with 100% certainty, many assume that San Luis Peak is named for the valley beneath it, the San Luis Valley.
Curious about more 14ers? Keep on reading through the links below:
[Part 1] Blanca Peak – Handies Peak
[Part 2] Humboldt Peak – Mount Bross
[Part 3] Mount Columbia – Mount Princeton
[Part 5] Snowmass Mountain – Windom Peak