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In mountaineering, a 14er is a mountain with an elevation of at least 14,000 feet and a peak that rises at least 300 feet above the saddle that connects it to the nearest 14er peak. Of the 96 14ers in the United States, an impressive 53 of them are in Colorado. (This list also includes Mount Cameron, El Diente Peak, Conundrum Peak, North Eolus, and North Maroon Peak, all of which are not technically 14ers as they do not rises at least 300 feet above the saddle that connects them to the other 14ers- however they are all over 14,000 feet in elevation.) Hikes in this list will take you to each of Colorado's 14ers. Because there are multiple routes to many of these summits, there are well over 53 hikes on the list and some hit more than one peak. Many of these hikes involve rock climbing or scrambling to get to the summit and should only be attempted by experienced climbers and hikers with adequate gear and experience. Always use caution when attempting a challenging hike like those listed here! Many of these trails make beautiful day hikes or backpacking trips even if you do not reach the top. Looking for one of the "easier" 14ers? Give Handie's Peak, Gray's Peak, Quandry Peak, Mount Elbert, San Louis Peak, or Pikes Peak a try as all of these are class 1. Mount Bierstadt, Mount Evans, Mount Sherman, Mount Antero, Mount Democrat, and Huron Peak are also considered to be some of the gentler options. Be sure to thoroughly prepare, even for these hikes- while they are easier, none are easy. Looking for the most challenging 14ers? Capitol Peak, Little Bear Peak, Sunlight Peak, Mount Wilson, Pyramid Peak, and North Maroon Peak are all class 4. Note that all of these summits require climbing skills and experience.

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These “Bross first” people must be sociopaths

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Hiked in September. Well maintained trail. Bross is on private property. Did the loop counter clockwise which was nice bc we ran into less people. Democrat was an absolutely nightmare — so many people we were basically waiting in line to get up / pass massive groups.

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This was an easy 14er because it was such a short climb.. The one thing I would tell anybody is wear a helmet, not so much because of rock fall, but because it is so slick going down the scree field that it’s very easy for your feet to slip out from under you and you can crack your head on a rock and you’re done. The class III move is a very easy crux move if you have a little rock climbing experience. What most reviews fail to tell you is that you have two options. The left notch that everybody talks about is easy but very exposed. if you were to fall you’re going to fall a long long way. To the right of the notch is a little chimney that is also very easy and it is not exposed at all. If you fell off that you’re only going to fall maybe 10 feet. We went up the right one and down the left one. If you’re afraid, bring 10 feet of rope and have somebody belay you. Poles were also very helpful for this old man. My 18 year old son strolled up the steep section stepping from stone to stone with his hands in his pockets. My 13 year old made easily, as well.

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Megan Ferguson reviewed Mount Sneffels via Yankee Boy Basin
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Really fun and challenging for a first 14er! My sister and I hiked on probably the last opportunity to summit Mt Sneffels for the year and it had such stunning views! We parked exactly where the AllTrails route directed us to. Total miles hiked (from car to summit then back) was 8 miles, with over 3,000ft in elevation gain. Started from car at 10:45am, returned to car at 5:40pm. We took a few 5 minute breaks here and there but were relatively persistent in advancing on. Don’t let the number of miles fool you, if you’re hiking from where the app directs you, it’ll take approximately 6-8 hours. We ignored the recommendations for helmets, thinking we could handle it, and although we turned out okay, we definitely had some frightful moments that made us feel irresponsible for at least not bringing them. Let this be your warning to bring helmets, it will make you feel a lot safer for the rock scramble. Rocks slide and move and you will most likely stumble a few times. Overall, it was a great success and we are spending our Sunday recovering and chatting about the fun adventure.

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Shilo Garner reviewed Pikes Peak via Barr Trail
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Excellent hike with well marked trails!

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Michael Day reviewed Castle Peak and Conundrum Peak
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This was an absolutely beautiful hike that we took early September. We had 4WD cars that took us about a .5 from the river crossing. The initial section: We began at about 3:30am, hiking in the pitch dark. Not much to say here. It was pretty steep but not many breaks were taken. We saw on our way down, it's a beautiful path. Tons of trees, rivers, mountain top sights. The long steeper hike up: This was pretty grueling. The sun began to come up as we reached this part. it is consistently steep for a few miles. Became super beautiful when the sun came up, as we could see the mountain tops. We kept pointing out where Castle peak was....but we were wrong The boulder field: After the long winding path up, you level out and begin seeing some now. When we got to this point, we had to randomly traverse the large snow-surrounded boulders. This was a bit stressful and tiring, as we kept trying to find the optimal path (and also determine where we were supposed to go next) The final ascent: Wow. Not a casual hike up to the top. We found ourself in a few feet of (luckily) hard snow. There were two steep climbs up towards where the frozen lake was. Very tiring, a little frightening. Then, you must cut at an angle up a very steep mountain side. There were some snow covered loose rocks that needed patience. There is a beautiful resting spot following this climb. After that resting spot, there's about 300ft to reach the summit. This is no joke, especially in the snow. About half of our group continued up to try and summit, while the other half stayed back. Unfortunately it was too snowy, and we were not prepared. The hike down was gorgeous

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Road to the trailhead is brutal. Did it in a sedan and would never recommend a non 4wd do it. Trail itself was fine, well defined and no ice. The wind was insane. Gusts were up to 70mph near the top. Ended up taking the right edge of the ridgeline which involved some scrambling and was off trail, but I’d recommend that route as the ridge blocked the wind. For some reason the peak was mild wind wise so you’re ok to rest at the top for as long as you’d want and take in the views. Would be 5 stars if not for the windy conditions.

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Anjali Singhal reviewed Handies Peak
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Hiked on Friday 10/23/20. First 14’er and very doable. The last 500 ft, probably the hardest... steep, but also incredibly windy this time of the year. Temperature easily drops with the wind. Made it to trailhead from Silverton via Cinnamon Pass with newer Rav4 AWD but gotta say the drive is gnarly. The road via Lake City is not as steep but still rocky and adds 2 hours to the drive if coming from southwest. Great hike and great day!

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Sebastian Lozano reviewed Mount of the Holy Cross Trail
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Unique views on a 14er! A very long day hike though and the downhill is pretty brutal. Started at 9:30, ended at 6 with 2 lunch breaks :-) Super cold and windy at the summit, bring some hand warmers!

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Alex Rosenberg reviewed Capitol Peak
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Incredible hike to Capitol Lake. One of our favorites in Aspen. You definitely need a 4WD car with clearance to make it to the parking lot (we drove the AWD version of the Volvo V60 which was sufficient).

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Dira Lupian reviewed North Mount Elbert Trail
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My husband and I completed this hike yesterday. I was almost 100% sure we would not summit. We are avid hikers...in the tiny mountains in PA! This was a completely different monster to take on. Some of the reviews were very discouraging, especially the ones about the cold, the high winds, and the folks who turned around and gave up. It was windy, it was cold, and it was a steep and difficult ascent almost the entire time. The false summits were also very discouraging. Almost gave up every time! BUT, we were well bundled, had plenty of water, and were extremely determined. The satisfaction and pride you feel at the top, and the views, are rewarding and worth every painful step!

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Carol Bennett reviewed Mount Democrat via Kite Lake Trail
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Not a single spot without loose scree, talus or boulders. Very difficult for a small 61 year old woman. It was crowded but the other hikers were friendly and enthusiastic. Early morning is obviously the best time. The day of the hike was very windy and our plans to hike Lincoln and Cameron were scrubbed. Still, it's a great feeling of accomplishment to summit.....and the views are worth the difficult tread.

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Alli J reviewed Quandary Peak Trail
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What a great hike! Definitely challenging—it doesn’t matter if you’re fast, just that you keep going. The trail is pristinely maintained. You will be walking on rocks and scree for the majority of the hike. We started at 7:15am, parked in the overflow lot (plenty of spots available) and hit the summit 2h45min in. We stopped for lunch on the way down and the total hike took just under six hours. When you get to the summit, there are some nice, man-made curved rock walls you can sit down in to catch a break from the wind. Everyone on the trail was very friendly and it was nice to have some socially distanced camaraderie in the great outdoors!

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Willa Green reviewed Quandary Peak Trail
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The trail itself is very rocky but easy to follow for the most part. Started hiking around 6:00 am and there were few cars in the parking lot. The whole hike was very very windy which made it even colder. I suggest lots of layers, nice gloves and a gaiter to protect your face! Made it to the summit around 9:30 am and it was beautiful and clear! Couldn’t stay long at the summit because of the wind but definitely worth the hike up!

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Ryan Szemplinski reviewed Quandary Peak Trail
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Robin V. reviewed Quandary Peak Trail
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Ooo... 14ers aren't easy I suppose. I definitely found it challenging, of course due to elevation and incline. I've been living at 8,000 feet for the last few months so koodos to anyone hiking this coming from sea level. It was quite busy, probably because everyone was trying to get it in before the snow hits tomorrow, like I was. A nice thing about it being busy is I was less likely to lose the trail on the last mile, which I almost did at one point. Then again, I lose trails pretty easily :) There was still parking in the lower lot at 11am. I think my Prius would have been fine on the dirt road up to the upper lot, but there were no parking spaces. And a lot of people parked on the side of the dirt road, but not sure if that's officially allowed. Gorgeous views at the top of course, although I didn't stay too long due to freezing temperatures.

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~4.5hrs to summit at a chill pace.

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Aundrea Bentley reviewed Mount Massive Trail (via South East)
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Stunning peak and more than worth a hike. It was a bit intense on the winds today. Some hikers who started at 6:30 mentioned it took them an hr and a half to scramble the ridge because of the intense wind but it had settled a little for us. Started at 9:30 and ended at 6:30pm with 3 significant breaks total (1.5 hrs in, peak, 2 miles below the peak for lunch). Had to eat below peak bc it was too windy and cold to stay up there long. I found myself struggling with my lungs at the top, taking a few strides then stopping to catch my breath. Definitely exacerbated by the winds but slow going on top. Hit the peak at 2:30. Best part was the difference in terrain when you look left vs right at the top. Stopped and said “wow” a few times. Highly recommend trekking poles. Highly recommend layers for the cold top. Passed 6 groups, about 15 people total so nicely bare and kind people that passed.

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Matthew Menendez-Aponte reviewed Quandary Peak Trail
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Katherine Ferguson reviewed Mount Shavano
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Too windy to reach the summit, but still lovely.

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Megan Boos reviewed Quandary Peak Trail
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This was my first 14er! It was definitely long (took 6.5 hours) & hard (used all 3L of water) but rewarding. The top view is delightful. The train is very well marked & you can see the summit most of the way so you won’t get lost. It’s definitely windy on the ridge though so bring a lot of warm & wind proof clothing - I ended up wearing all 4 top layers, 2 bottom layers, thick globes hat & neck warmer for a big chunk of the hike on 10/23/20. There was a family of 3 goats up there who also liked wandering the path, which was cute.

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Catherine Trudell reviewed Mount Belford
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The trail was great, but tough today with really, REALLY strong winds. We had planned to do both Belford and Oxford but our plans changed as we got closer to Belfords peak. The gusts were so powerful as we were ascending Mt Belford that we would have to drop down to the ground and hold onto a rock so we didn’t blow over. I can imagine it being a really pleasant hike on a nice, calm day but today was not that day. It was the hunger games out there. When we got to the top of Belford and looked out across the saddle to Oxford, we made the decision that it wasn’t safe to go for it. And a woman we had met on the way up said she had attempted it and turned around because she was literally going to blow off. And that’s the correct use of “literally” We second guessed ourselves as we descended but if you have to convince yourself that it’s safe, chances are you shouldn’t be doing it. I’m glad we made the safe decision today. Mt Oxford isn’t going anywhere and we’ll be back :) 8 miles round trip, 6 hours

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Hillary Wilson reviewed Grays and Torrey's Peak
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The road leading to the trailhead is closed as of the morning of Oct 24, 2020. We were going to hike the 3 miles to the trailhead but the sign says the national forest is closed to *all* activity until further notice (perhaps due to the fires? weather?). Either way, a bit of a disappointment but hopefully this post will save others from making the drive out today!

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Phi Lark reviewed Handies Peak
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This is only for the way there to “warn”/inform other people. We were in a Chevy Tahoe 4WD with an extremely experienced driver and we turned around 4-5 miles before we reached the trailhead (ie. a little bit after Animus Forks). It just got too steep/ rocky. Good luck and stay safe.

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Matthew Eveland reviewed North Mount Elbert Trail
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Awesome hike today! Trail is in great condition besides the three down trees you have to navigate, easily done. Love this hike and have done it multiple times- awesome time in the trees and then a huge elevation push above tree line through two false summits. Summited in 2:12 today, my fastest ever! Total trip with a 25 minute rest at the summit was 5:05. I found exactly what I was looking for today

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Sarah Weaver reviewed Crestone Peak Trail
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