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Stunning Shots of Colorado’s Famous Fourteeners

By: Stephen Martin

One thing Colorado is known for is its peaks over 14,000 feet. Here's a collection of a few of our favorite shots, including their height ranking and difficulty class, with "class 1" being the easiest to summit and "class 5" behind the hardest. All classes listed are the easiest or most standard routes for each summit.

Mount Princeton - OutThere Colorado
Mount Princeton
This peak stands tall just outside of Colorado’s beloved city Buena Vista. Located in the Sawatch Range. Elevation: 14,197ft (20th). Difficulty: Class 2.
Capitol Peak - OutThere Colorado
Capitol Peak
Famous for its terrifying “Knife’s Edge” route, this peak is a favorite for experienced mountaineers. Located in the Elk Mountains. Elevation: 14,130ft (29th). Difficulty: Class 4.
Handies Peak. Photo Credit: Daniel Jensen - OutThere Colorado.
Handies Peak
At just a quick 5.5 miles round trip, this peak is a great warm up for collecting three summits in a weekend with Redcloud and Sunshine very close by. Located in the San Juan Mountains. Elevation: 14,048ft (40th). Difficulty: Class 1. Photo Credit: (Flickr) Daniel Jensen
Sunshine Peak. Photo Credit: Dean Barto - OutThere Colorado.
Sunshine Peak
Known for being the “lowest” peak of the classified fourteener group as it stands just one foot over the 14,000ft standard. Located in the San Juan Mountains. Elevation: 14,001 (53rd). Difficulty: Class 2 Photo Credit: (Flickr) Dean Barto
Windom Peak - Sunlight Needle - Sunlight Peaks - Weminuche Wilderness. Photo Credit: John Fielder - OutThere Colorado.
Windom Peak
This summit is in the heart of the Weminuche Wilderness and was named after Minnesota Senator William Windom. Located in the San Juan Mountains. Elevation: 14,082ft (33rd). Difficulty: Difficult Class 2. Photo Credit: (Flickr) John Fielder
Mount Evans
This summit is popular for both hikers and tourist alike. With driving access to the top, the Mount Evans Scenic Byway is a popular “check off” on the bucket list for those looking to see Colorado from above. Located in the Front Range. Elevation: 14,264ft (14th). Difficulty: Class 2. Photo Credit: (Instagram) Boilerinbtown
Sunlight Peak. Photo Credit: Evil.Satellite - OutThere Colorado.
Sunlight Peak
Take note that Sunlight Peak, along with Mount Eolus and Windom Peak, are unique for their relative remoteness in comparison to other Colorado mountain ranges. Located in the San Juan Mountains. Elevation: 14,059ft (39th). Difficulty: Class 4. Photo Credit: (Flickr) Evil.Satellite
Wilson Peak
Well known for its constant use in advertisements for companies such as Coors, Jeep, and other brands looking to capitalize of Wilson’s classic, rugged nature. Located in the San Juan Mountains. Elevation: 14,017ft (48th). Difficulty: Class 3.
Mount Yale - Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. Photo Credit: John Fielder - OutThere Colorado.
Mount Yale
One of the many designated “Collegiate Peaks” just outside of Buena Vista, CO. Located in the Sawatch Range. Elevation: 14,196ft (21st). Difficulty: Class 2. Photo Credit: (Flickr) John Fielder
Blanca Peak - OutThere Colorado
Blanca Peak
Home to a fun yet challenging 4WD road accessing Como Lake, a remote lake resting at 11,750ft. Located in the Sangre de Cristo Range. Elevation: 14,345ft (4th). Difficulty: Difficult Class 2.
Wetterhorn Peak - OutThere Colorado
Wetterhorn Peak
Named after the famous Swiss Alps peak for the pointed rock spire nature of its summit. Located in the San Juan Mountains. Elevation: 14,015ft (49th). Difficulty: Class 3.
Uncompahgre Peak. Photo Credit: due_mele - OutThere Colorado.
Uncompahgre Peak
This peak is unique for its broad and bulky summit plateau. Located in the San Juan Mountains. Elevation: 14,309ft (6th). Difficulty: Class 2. Photo Credit: (Instagram) due_mele
Loveland Pass Sunrise over the Peaks OutThere Colorado
Torrey’s Peak
This summit is accessible through various routes, the most popular being the challenging Class 3 Kelso Ridge. Located in the Front Range. Elevation: 14,267ft (11th). Difficulty: Class 2
Tabeguache Peak. Photo Credit: David Herrera - OutThere Colorado.
Tabeguache Peak
Often brought up in fourteener enthusiast debates as to its correct pronunciation, “TAB-uh-wahch” or “tab-uh-wash”. Located in the Sawatch Range. Elevation: 14,155ft (25th). Difficulty: Class 2. Photo Credit: (Flickr) David Herrera
Snowmass Mountain - OutThere Colorado
Snowmass Mountain
Named for its large constant snowfield that lies on the eastern slopes. Located in the Elk Mountains. Elevation: 14,092 (31st). Difficulty: Class 3
Maroon Bells in Morning Glow OutThere Colorado
Maroon Peak
Possibly the most famous and photographed fourteener found just outside of Aspen, CO. Located in the Elk Mountains. Elevation: 14,156ft (24th). Difficulty: Class 3.
San Luis Peak. Photo Credit: lynne_toepfer - OutThere Colorado.
San Luis Peak
Situated as the furthest east fourteener in its range. Located in the San Juan Mountains. Elevation: 14,014ft (50th). Difficulty: Class 1 Photo Credit: (Instagram) lynne_toepfer
Quandary Peak. Photo Credit: Peekaboo5 - OutThere Colorado.
Quandary Peak
Due to its easier accessibility, this peak gets a high amount of winter traffic from backcountry snowboarders and skiers looking for fresh powder. Located in the Tenmile Range. Elevation: 14,265ft (13th). Difficulty: Class 1. Photo Credit: (Flickr) Peekaboo5
Pyramid Peak - OutThere Colorado
Pyramid Peak
Classified as one of the more difficult summits in Colorado, involving hard route finding, high exposure, and loose scree. Located in the Elk Mountains. Elevation: 14,018ft (47th). Difficulty: Class 4.
Humboldt Peak. Photo Credit: Meniscus - OutThere Colorado.
Humboldt Peak
Classified as the least difficult climb in the Crestones. Located in the Sangre de Cristo. Elevation: 14,064ft (37th). Difficulty: Class 2. Photo Credit: (Flickr) Meniscus
Palmer Park Pikes Peak View OutThere Colorado
Pikes Peak
The beauty viewed from the top of this peak inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write the song “America the Beautiful”. Mountain Located in the Front Range. Elevation: 14,110ft (30th). Difficulty: Class 1.
North Maroon Peak. Photo Credit: pkpzp228 - OutThere Colorado.
North Maroon Peak
Known for being a part of the “Deadly Bells”, this extreme mountaineering peak is one of the most dangerous summits in Colorado. Located in the Elk Mountains. Elevation: 14,014ft (*). Difficulty: Class 4. Photo Credit: (Instagram) pkpzp228
Conundrum Peak
Located in the Elk Mountains. Elevation: 14,060ft (*). Difficulty: Difficult Class 2. Photo Credit: (Flickr) Jeremiah LaRocco
North Eolus. Photo Credit: Joel - OutThere Colorado.
North Eolus
One of the few “unranked” summits due to its lack of 300 feet of prominence in connection to its sister peak, Mount Eolus. Located in the San Juan Mountains. Elevation: 14,039ft (*). Difficulty: Class 3. Photo Credit: (Flickr) Joel
Redcloud Peak. Photo Credit: Pierce Martin - OutThere Colorado.
Redcloud Peak
Unique for its red rock structure that sets its apart from every other summit view. Located in the San Juan Mountains. Elevation: 14,034ft (46th). Difficulty: Class2 Photo Credit: Pierce Martin
Mount Sneffels - OutThere Colorado
Mount Sneffels
Notable for its huge vertical rise, gaining 7,200 feet above the near town of Ridgeway, just 6 miles apart. Located in the San Juan Mountains. Elevation: 14,150ft (27th). Difficulty: Difficult Class 2.
Mount Sherman - OutThere Colorado
Mount Sherman
Most notably, this summit is the only know fourteener to have a successful aircraft landing atop its summit. Located in the Mosquito Range. Elevation: 14,036ft (45th). Difficulty: Class 2.
Mount Shavano OutThere Colorado
Mount Shavano
Famous for the “Angle of Shavano” snow formation that is visible on its eastern face during the spring snowmelt each year. Located in the Sawatch Range. Elevation: 14,229ft (17th). Difficulty: Class 2.
Mount Oxford - Roger Dellinger - OutThere Colorado
Mount Oxford
Popular in the summer as a great combination climb with an easy traverse between its neighboring peak, Mount Belford. Located in the Sawatch Range. Elevation: 14,153ft (26th). Difficulty: Class 2. Photo Credit: (Flickr) Roger Dellinger
Mount of the Holy Cross - OutThere Colorado
Mount of the Holy Cross
Named for its distinctive cross-shaped snowfield on its northeast facing slope. Located in the Sawatch Range. Elevation: 14,005ft (51st). Difficulty: Class 2.
Mount Massive. Photo Credit: Fredlyfish4 - OutThere Colorado.
Mount Massive
This mountain range boast having the most terrain above 14,000ft in the lower 48 states, just narrowly edging out Mount Rainier for the title. Located in the Sawatch Range. Elevation: 14,421ft (2nd). Difficulty: Class 2. Photo Credit: (Instagram) Fredlyfish4
Mount Lindsey. Photo Credit: Meniscus - OutThere Colorado.
Mount Lindsey
Previously named “Old Baldy”, this peak is one of the more privately owned areas of land surrounding the summit of a fourteener. Located in the Sangre de Cristo Range. Elevation: 14,042ft (43rd). Difficulty: Diffuclt Class 2. Photo Credit: (Flickr) Meniscus
Mount Lincoln. Photo Credit: Reed Uhlman - OutThere Colorado.
Mount Lincoln
Seen as a popular favorite due to the eluru of combining 4 summits in one day, linking together Mount Democrat, Lincoln, Cameron, and Bross. Located in the Mosquito Range. Elevation: 14,286ft (8th). Difficulty: Class 2. Photo Credit: (Flickr) Reed Uhlman
Mount Harvard - Ethan Beute - OutThere Colorado
Mount Harvard
View of the top seen from Mount Columbia, this peak is a hikers favorite with some of the most spectacular summit views in the heart of the Collegiate Peaks. Located in the Sawatch Range. Elevation: 14,286ft (3rd). Difficulty: Class 2. Photo Credit: (Flickr) Ethan Beute
Mount Eolus - OutThere Colorado
Mount Eolus
Found in the Chicago Basin and originally named after the Greek god of the wind. Located in the San Juan Mountains. Elevation: 14083,ft (32). Difficulty: Class 3.
Blowing Snow Elbert OutThere Colorado
Mount Elbert
Referred to as the “gentle giant”, standing tall as the highest peak in Colorado, and the second-highest peak in the United States. Located in the Sawatch Range. Elevation: 14,433ft (1st). Difficulty: Class 2.
Mount Democrat. Photo Credit: Mofussy - OutThere Colorado
Mount Democrat
Situated just west of Colorado’s higgest incorporated town Alma, CO. Located in the Mosquito Range. Elevation: 14,148ft (28th). Difficulty: Class 2. Photo Credit: (Flickr) Mofussy
Mount Columbia - OutThere Colorado
Mount Columbia
One of the 5 Collegiate Peaks named for prominent universities. Located in the Sawatch Range. Elevation: 14,073ft (35th). Difficulty: Class 2.
Mount Cameron. Photo Credit: paguy14 - OutThere Colorado.
Mount Cameron
Located in the Sawatch Range. Elevation: 14,238ft (35th). Difficulty: Class 2. Photo Credit: (Instagram) paguy14
Mount Bross. Photo Credit: Matt Vincent - OutThere Colorado.
Mount Bross
Located in the Mosquito Range. Elevation: 14,172ft (22nd). Difficulty: Class 2. Photo Credit: (Flickr) Matt Vincent
Mount Bierstadt - OutThere Colorado
Mount Bierstadt
Located in the Front Range. Elevation: 14,060ft (38th). Difficulty: Class 2.
Mount Belford. Photo Credit: Simpsora - OutThere Colorado.
Mount Belford
Located in the Sawatch Range. Elevation: 14,197ft (18th). Difficulty: Class 2. Photo Credit: (Flickr) Simpsora
Mount Antero - OutThere Colorado
Mount Antero
Located in the Sawatch Range. Elevation: 14,269ft (10th). Difficulty: Class 2.
Missouri Mountain. Photo Credit: jokernmanj - OutThere Colorado.
Missouri Mountain
Located in the Sawatch Range. Elevation: 14,067ft (36th). Difficulty: Class 2. Photo Credit: (Instagram) jokernmanj
Longs Peak - OutThere Colorado
Longs Peak
Located in the Front Range. Elevation: 14,255ft (15th). Difficulty: Class 3.
Tips for climbing Colorado Mountains and Fourteeners.
Little Bear Peak
Located in the Sangre de Cristo Range. Elevation: 14,037ft (44th). Difficulty: Class 4.
La Plata Peak - OutThere Colorado
La Plata Peak
Located in the Sawatch Range. Elevation: 14,336ft (5th). Difficulty: Class 2.
Kit Carson over Sand Dunes NPS Patrick Myers OutThere Colorado
Kit Carson
Located in the Sangre de Cristo Range. Elevation: 14,165ft (23rd). Difficulty: Difficult Class 3. Photo Credit: (Flickr) Patrick Myers
Huron Peak. Photo Credit: Blake Letourneau - OutThere Colorado.
Huron Peak
Located in the Sawatch Range. Elevation: 14,003ft (52nd). Difficulty: Class 2. Photo Credit: (Flickr) Blake Letourneau
Grays Peak - OutThere Colorado.
Grays Peak
Located in the Sawatch Range. Elevation: 14,270ft (9th). Difficulty: Class 2.
Ellingwood Point Traverse. Photo Credit: Alethe88 - OutThere Colorado.
Ellingwood Point
Located in the Sangre de Cristo Range. Elevation: 14,042ft (42). Difficulty: Difficult Class 2. Photo Credit: (Flickr) Alethe88
El Diente Peak. Photo Credit: EE One - OutThere Colorado.
El Diente Peak
Located in the San Juan Mountains. Elevation: 14,159ft (*). Difficulty: Class 3. Photo Credit: (Flickr) EE One
Culebra Peak. Photo Credit: David Herrera - OutThere Colorado.
Culebra Peak
Located in the Sangre De Cristo. Elevation: 14,047ft (41st). Difficulty: Class 2. Photo Credit: (Flickr) David Herrera
Crestone Needle Reflection - Alex Burke - OutThere Colorado
Cretonne Needle
Located in the Sangre de Cristo Range. Elevation: 14,197ft (19th). Difficulty: Class 3. Photo Credit: (Flickr) Alex Burke
Crestone Needle - OutThere Colorado
Crestone Peak
Located in the Sangre De Cristo Range. Elevation: 14,294ft (7th). Difficulty: Class 3.
Challenger Point. Photo Credit: Chris Baker - OutThere Colorado.
Challenger Point
Located in the Sangre de Cristo. Elevation: 14,081ft (34th). Difficulty: Difficult Class 2. Photo Credit: (Flickr) Chris Baker
Castle Peak - Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Photo Credit: John Fielder - OutThere Colorado.
Castle Peak
Located in the Elk Mountains. Elevation: 14,265ft (12th). Difficulty: Difficult Class 2. Photo Credit: (Flickr) John Fielder

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