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Colorado’s 14ers Ranked by Difficulty

By: Spencer McKee

Looking to get into fourteener climbing this summer? It's important that you know how difficult the mountains your climbing are before you hit the trailhead. Here's a quick rundown of standard route difficulty rankings, as ranked on 14ers.com. Visit their website for detailed accounts of multiple routes up every peak. Doing your own research is key. Additionally, here's a list of a few BASIC tips that can help you get started climbing Colorado's beautiful mountains. Note: The lower the ranking on this list gets, the more difficult the standard route to the summit is. Also note that no 14er climb is "easy." Be aware of your abilities and know what you're getting into before you start the climb. "Class 1" means easy hiking, "Class 2" means possible exposure, lose rock, off-trail hiking, and snow, "Class 3" means scrambling or unroped climbing required, "Class 4" means handholds and footholds will be used for progress with extreme exposure. For a more thorough explanation, click here.

Handies Peak. Photo Credit: Daniel Jensen - OutThere Colorado.

58. Handies Peak


Standard Route: Southwest Slopes
Elevation Gain: 2,500 feet
Distance: 5.75 miles
Difficulty: Class 1
Photo Credit: Daniel Jensen
Grays Peak - OutThere Colorado

57. Grays Peak


Standard Route: North Slopes
Elevation Gain: 3000 feet
Distance: 8 miles
Difficulty: Class 1
Quandary Peak - East Ridge Trail, Colorado

56. Quandary Peak


Standard Route: East Ridge
Elevation Gain: 3450 feet
Distance: 6.75 miles
Difficulty: Class 1
Mount Elbert - OutThere Colorado

55. Mount Elbert


Standard Route: Northeast Ridge
Elevation Gain: 4,700 feet
Distance: 9.5 miles
Difficulty: Class 1
San Luis Valley - San Luis Peak - Jeff Mitton - OutThere Colorado

54. San Luis Peak


Standard Route: Northeast Ridge
Elevation Gain: 3,600 feet
Distance: 13.5 miles
Difficulty: Class 1
Photo Credit: Jeff Mitton
Colorado Springs - Pike's Peak - Garden of the Gods - OutThere Colorado

53. Pikes Peak


Standard Route: East Slopes
Elevation Gain: 7,500 feet
Distance: 26 miles
Difficulty: Class 1
Note: While this is a Class 1 climb, it’s quite long at 26 miles. For a shorter trip that’s also not too exposed, check out the Crags route.
Mount Sherman - @mrspenceproductions (Instagram) - OutThere Colorado

52. Mount Sherman


Standard Route: Southwest Ridge
Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet
Distance: 5.25 Miles
Difficulty: Class 2
Photo Credit: @mrspenceproductions (Instagram)
Mount Bross. Photo Credit: Matt Vincent - OutThere Colorado.

51. Mount Bross


Standard Route: West Slopes
Elevation Gain: 2,250 feet
Distance: 3.25 miles
Difficulty: Class 2
Notes: Bross is often climbed in a 4-pack with Lincoln, Cameron, and Democrat.
Photo Credit: Matt Vincent
Mount Cameron. Photo Credit: paguy14 - OutThere Colorado.

50. Mount Cameron


Standard Route: West Ridge
Elevation Gain: 2,250 feet
Distance: 4.75 miles
Difficulty: Class 2
Notes: Cameron is often climbed as a 4-pack with Lincoln, Bross, and Democrat.
Photo Credit: paguy14
Hoosier Pass Mount Lincoln View OutThere Colorado

49. Mount Lincoln


Standard Route: West Ridge
Elevation Gain: 2,600 feet
Distance: 6 miles
Difficulty: Class 2
Mount Bierstadt - OutThere Colorado

48. Mount Bierstadt


Standard Route: West Slopes
Elevation Gain: 2,850 feet
Distance: 7 miles
Difficulty: Class 2
Mount Democrat - Mofussy - OutThere Colorado

47. Mount Democrat


Standard Route: East Slope
Elevation Gain: 2,150 feet
Distance: 4 miles
Difficulty: Class 2
Photo Credit: Mofussy
Huron Peak - Blake Letourneau - OutThere Colorado

46. Huron Peak


Standard Route: Northwest Slopes
Elevation Gain: 3,500 feet
Distance: 6.5 miles
Difficulty: Class 2
Photo Credit: Blake Letourneau
Torreys Peak - eschuette1 - OutThere Colorado

45. Torreys Peak


Standard Route: South Slopes
Elevation Gain: 3,000 feet
Distance: 8 miles
Difficult: Class 2
Photo Credit: eschuette1
Mount Princeton - OutThere Colorado

44. Mount Princeton


Standard Route: East Slopes
Elevation Gain: 3,200 feet
Distance: 6.5 miles
Difficulty: Class 2
Culebra Peak. Photo Credit: David Herrera - OutThere Colorado.

43. Culebra Peak


Standard Route: Northwest Ridge
Elevation Gain: 2,700 feet
Distance: 5 miles
Difficulty: Class 2
Photo Credit: David Herrera
Mount Evans - OutThere Colorado

42. Mount Evans


Standard Route: West Ridge via Mount Spalding
Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet
Distance: 5 miles
Difficulty: Class 2
Photo Credit: Shogun_X
Redcloud Peak. Photo Credit: Bureau of Land Management - OutThere Colorado.

41. Redcloud Peak


Standard Route: Northeast Ridge
Elevation Gain: 3,700 feet
Distance: 9 miles
Difficulty: Class 2
Photo Credit: Bureau of Land Management
Mount Belford. Photo Credit: Simpsora - OutThere Colorado.

40. Mount Belford


Standard Route: Northwest Ridge
Elevation Gain: 4,500 feet
Distance: 8 miles
Difficulty: Class 2
Photo Credit: Simpsora
Uncompahgre Peak - due_mele - OutThere Colorado

39. Uncompahgre Peak


Standard Route: South Ridge
Elevation Gain: 3,000 feet
Distance: 7.5 miles
Difficulty: Class 2
Photo Credit: due_mele
Mount Shavano. Photo Credit: Jeff Mitton - OutThere Colorado.

38. Mount Shavano


Standard Route: East Slopes
Elevation Gain: 4,600 feet
Distance: 9 miles
Difficulty: Class 2
Photo Credit: Jeff Mitton
Humboldt Peak. Photo Credit: Meniscus - OutThere Colorado.

37. Humboldt Peak


Standard Route: West Ridge
Elevation Gain: 4,200 feet
Distance: 11 miles
Difficulty: Class 2
Photo Credit: Meniscus
Mount Columbia - OutThere Colorado

36. Mount Columbia


Standard Route: West Slopes
Elevation Gain: 4,250 feet
Distance: 11.5 miles
Difficulty: Class 2

35. Mount Yale


Standard Route: Southwest Slopes
Elevation Gain: 4,300 feet
Distance: 9.5 miles
Difficulty: Class 2
Photo Credit: John Fielder
La Plata Peak - OutThere Colorado

34. La Plata Peak


Standard Route: Northwest Ridge
Elevation Gain: 4,500 feet
Distance: 9.25 miles
Difficulty: Class 2
Sunshine Peak - Dean Barto - OutThere Colorado

33. Sunshine Peak


Standard Route: Via Redcloud Peak
Elevation Gain: 4,800 feet
Distance: 12.25 miles
Difficulty: Class 2
Photo Credit: Dean Barto
Missouri Mountain - Stephen Martin - OutThere Colorado

32. Missouri Mountain


Standard Route: Northwest Ridge
Elevation Gain: 4,500 feet
Distance: 10.5 miles
Difficulty: Class 2
Photo Credit: @explorewithollie (Instagram)
Mount Massive - OutThere Colorado

31. Mount Massive


Standard Route: East Slopes
Elevation Gain: 4,500 feet
Distance: 14.5 miles
Difficulty: Class 2
Photo Credit: Josh Friesema
Mount Oxford - Roger Dellinger - OutThere Colorado

30. Mount Oxford


Standard Route: Via Mount Belford
Elevation Gain: 5,800 feet
Distance: 11 miles
Difficulty: Class 2
Photo Credit: Roger Dellinger
Tabeguache Peak. Photo Credit: David Herrera - OutThere Colorado.

29. Tabeguache Peak


Standard Route: Via Mount Shavano
Elevation Gain: 5,600 feet
Distance: 11 miles
Difficulty: Class 2
Photo Credit: David Herrera
Mount Antero - OutThere Colorado

28. Mount Antero


Standard Route: West Slopes
Elevation Gain: 5,200 feet
Distance: 16 miles
Difficulty: Class 2
Mount Harvard - South Slopes Trail, Colorado. Photo By: R. Scott Rappold.

27. Mount Harvard


Standard Route: South Slopes
Elevation Gain: 4,600 feet
Distance: 14 miles
Difficulty: Class 2
Photo Credit: R. Scott Rappold
Mount of the Holy Cross. Photo Credit: R. Scott Rappold - OutThere Colorado.

26. Mount of the Holy Cross


Standard Route: North Ridge
Elevation Gain: 5,600 feet
Distance: 12 miles
Difficulty: Class 2
Photo Credit: R. Scott Rappold

25. Castle Peak


Standard Route: Northeast Ridge
Elevation Gain: 4,600 feet
Distance: 13.5 miles
Difficulty: Hard Class 2
Photo Credit: John Fielder

24. Conundrum Peak


Standard Route: Via Castle Peak
Elevation Gain: 4,850 feet
Distance: 14.5 miles
Difficulty: Hard Class 2
Photo Credit: Jeremiah LaRocco
Challenger Point - Dave Herrera - OutThere Colorado

23. Challenger Point


Standard Route: North Slope
Elevation Gain: 5,400 feet
Distance: 12.5 miles
Difficulty: Hard Class 2
Photo Credit: Dave Herrera
Windom Peak - West Ridge Trail, Colorado. Photo By: Aubrey Laurence.

22. Windom Peak


Standard Route: West Ridge
Elevation Gain: 6,000 feet
Distance: 17 miles
Difficulty: Hard Class 2
Photo Credit: Aubrey Laurence
Ellingwood Point Traverse - Alethe88 - OutThere Colorado

21. Ellingwood Point


Standard Route: South Face
Elevation Gain: 6,200 feet
Distance: 17 miles
Difficulty: Hard Class 2
Photo Credit: Alethe88

20. Blanca Peak


Standard Route: Northwest Ridge
Elevation Gain: 6,500 feet
Distance: 17 miles
Difficulty: Hard Class 2

19. Mount Sneffels


Standard Route: South Slopes
Elevation Gain: 2,900 feet
Distance: 6 miles
Difficulty: Easy Class 3
Photo Credit: John Fielder
Mount Lindsey - Meniscus - OutThere Colorado

18. Mount Lindsey


Standard Route: Northwest Gully
Elevation Gain: 3,500 feet
Distance: 8.25 miles
Difficulty: Easy Class 3
Photo Credit: Meniscus
Kit Carson Peak. Photo Credit: Fredlyfish4 - OutThere Colorado.

17. Kit Carson Peak


Standard Route: Via Challenger Point
Elevation Gain: 6,250 feet
Distance: 14.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy Class 3
Photo Credit: Fredlyfish4
Wetterhorn Peak - OutThere Colorado

16. Wetterhorn Peak


Standard Route: Southeast Ridge
Elevation Gain: 3,300 feet
Distance: 7 miles
Difficulty: Class 3
Spencer McKee Narrows Longs Peak

15. Longs Peak


Standard Route: Keyhole Route
Elevation Gain: 5,100 feet
Distance: 14.5 miles
Difficulty: Class 3
Photo Credit: @mrspenceproductions (Instagram)

14. Wilson Peak


Standard Route: Southwest Ridge
Elevation Gain: 5,000 feet
Distance: 10 miles
Difficulty: Class 3
North Eolus. Photo Credit: Joel - OutThere Colorado.

13. North Eolus


Standard Route: South Ridge
Elevation Gain: 6,000 feet
Distance: 16.75 miles
Difficulty: Class 3
Photo Credit: Joel
Mount Eolus - OutThere Colorado

12. Mount Eolus


Standard Route: Northeast Ridge
Elevation Gain: 6,100 feet
Distance: 17 miles
Difficulty: Class 3
El Diente Peak. Photo Credit: EE One - OutThere Colorado.

11. El Diente Peak


Standard Route: North Slopes
Elevation Gain: 5,000 feet
Distance: 15 miles
Difficulty: Class 3
Photo Credit: EE One
Crestone Peak Alex Burke

10. Crestone Peak


Standard Route: South Face
Elevation Gain: 5,700 feet
Distance: 14 miles
Difficulty: Class 3
Photo Credit: Alex Burke
Maroon Bells

9. Maroon Peak


Standard Route: South ridge
Elevation Gain: 4,800 feet
Distance: 11.5 miles
Difficulty: Class 3
Crestone Needle - OutThere Colorado

8. Crestone Needle


Standard Route: South Face
Elevation Gain: 4,400 feet
Distance: 12 miles
Difficulty: Class 3
Snowmass Mountain - OutThere Colorado

7. Snowmass Mountain


Standard Route: East Slopes
Elevation Gain: 5,800 feet
Distance: 22 miles
Difficulty: Hard Class 3
Maroon Bells

6. North Maroon Peak


Standard Route: Northeast Ridge
Elevation Gain: 4,500 feet
Distance: 9.25 miles
Difficulty: Class 4
Pyramid Peak - OutThere Colorado

5. Pyramid Peak


Standard Route: Northeast Ridge
Elevation Gain: 4,500 feet
Distance: 8.25 miles
Difficulty: Class 4
Mount Wilson - OutThere Colorado

4. Mount Wilson


Standard Route: North Slopes
Elevation Gain: 5,100 feet
Distance: 16 miles
Difficulty: Class 4
Windom Peak - Sunlight Needle - Sunlight Peaks - Weminuche Wilderness. Photo Credit: John Fielder - OutThere Colorado.

3. Sunlight Peak


Standard Route: South Face
Elevation Gain: 6,000 feet
Distance: 17 miles
Difficulty: Class 4
Photo Credit: John Fielder
Little Bear Peak - OutThere Colorado

2. Little Bear Peak


Standard Route: West Ridge and Southwest Face
Elevation Gain: 6,200 feet
Distance: 14 miles
Difficulty: Class 4
Capitol Peak - Knife's Edge - Mountain Climbing

1. Capitol Peak


Standard Route: Northeast Ridge
Elevation Gain: 5,300 feet
Distance: 17 miles
Difficulty: Class 4
Photo Credit: Katie Botwin, OutThere Colorado contributor

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