El Diente Peak is an unranked Fourteener in the San Miguel Mountains. The 14,159-foot mountain has only 239 feet of prominence between it and nearby 14,246-foot Mount Wilson so it’s not a separate peak based on the 300-foot prominence rule. Most climbers consider El Diente one of the Fourteeners since it’s difficult to climb and the 0.75-mile ridge traverse to Mount Wilson is tricky, exposed, and challenging. The mountain is the high point of a long ridge that runs west from Mount Wilson to the West Dolores River valley. Climbers use four routes to climb El Diente with the North Slopes route being the standard ascent line. Climbers consider it one of the harder and more serious Fourteeners because of loose rock and objective dangers. El Diente, given the Spanish name “The Tooth,” lies in the 41,309-acre Lizard Head Wilderness Area.
Recommended season(s): June through September.
—Stewart M. Green