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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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scramble
9 hours ago

Great hike! Look out for cairns up top during the class 3 and 4 scrambling. Turn around if you don't like heights because of the exposure. Best to be safe! Best view I've ever witnessed of the Maroon Bells!

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10 hours ago

I did this hike on 8/17 with my sons who live in Fort Collins. Very challenging and some serious elevation gains, especially toward the summit. We started at 4:30 AM using headlamps and were able to clear the timberline at sunrise. We were back at our camp at Elbert Creek by 1:00 PM (included about 30 minutes at the summit) so allow plenty of time to beat the afternoon storms. A lot of people on the mountain since it was Saturday. As others have said, bring trekking poles as they are a help up, but especially down through the loose scree. Spectacular views in all directions. I’m 51, in reasonably good shape and wear a knee brace while hiking, so bring your can-do attitude and you will prevail.

Trailhead Approach: We drove up to the trailhead and camped in our car the night before. The road up was in good shape, passable by most vehicles, despite the road having been washed out in a few places two weeks prior. Road crew was working on drainage in a few spots but otherwise in fine condition. Climb: We opted to get a very early start (3:15 am) and completed the valley portion of the hike, all the way up to the first saddle, in the dark. Stars were beautiful. Crossed a few very small snow debris fields. Trail was a little hard to follow in a few spots due to debris. Overall, the trail up to the first saddle was gradual and pleasant. From here to the summit of Redcloud the trail was well-maintained and quite enjoyable. Redcloud summit just after sunrise was beautiful. Proceeded from here to Sunshine. Traverse was about a mile and a half. Beautiful views looking southeast especially, from the Sunshine summit. Returning, we regained the summit of Redcloud, and then made our way back. As an aside, from the first saddle below Redcloud you can, instead, turn left towards a few of Colorado’s Centennial 13ers. Overall this has been our favorite 14er hike. Total distance for us: 12.5 miles

Gorgeous hike and a real but kicker. The road is decent minus a very gnarly rock right before the top. Cars should probably stop about .2 miles before the trailhead so as to not take out their bottom. On the trail, the avalanche does make it a little hard to see the turn tight but it is about a mile and a half in and right as you are on the snow bank. After that plan a a glute burn for a few hours. I debated about taking my dogs on this one but I’m glad I didn’t- there is a lot of loose stone and some big steps, and narrow edges. Would’ve stressed me out

Hiked this on 8/18/19. Perfect weather but watch out for the wind - it is serious and makes it feel much colder than it is. Would compare the effort needed for this to other 14ers in the area, definitely takes a lot but isn’t 4x the effort. Two bathrooms at the trailhead! When we arrived at 5:30am this Sunday the parking lot was full but we found a spot close on the road. My Subraru Forester has no trouble making it up the road going slowly. We took the counterclockwise loop starting with Bross - it felt like a good choice but I think you’ll have to deal with a lot of scree either way. Enjoy!

My wife and I did the loop today, counterclockwise starting with Bross and ending with Democrat. The sunrise on Bross was amazing! The wind, however, was pretty brutal for portions of the hike but it encouraged us to keep moving. Gorgeous day. Glad by the time we were heading down Democrat that we weren’t on the slick scree on Bross. Plus the last quarter mile or so on the decent is on a very easy trail that was a nice reward at the end. Trailhead lot fills up early! Got one of the last remaining spots at around 3:45am to start the hike by 4am. Finished at 10:30am including time spent on the summits. Didn’t spend a ton of time on each summit due to the wind, Cameron especially, but we had a great day!

This was a great intro to 14ers. We did not summit but made it about 1/4 mile to the top as the wind conditions made it too dangerous to cross the last ridge this am. Steep in the first and last leg, mild switchbacks in the middle. Would recommend hiking poles if you are not familiar with hiking on scree. Beautiful meadows and wildflowers in the beginning along the creek and mine ruins, but no shade. Bring a hat and sunscreen. Lots of back and forth about the road. I can imagine this may be more challenging in the spring, but I made it up to the gate in a Subaru Crosstrek (8.5 inch clearance) with no issue. We just stayed in a low gear. Saw kias and minivans at the top, but wold not recommend in those vehicles.

Great loop. We did the trail in a clockwise position starting at Democrat. Democrat, Cameron-Lincoln were awesome. Very windy today. The decent off off Bross is very loose, steep and kind of a grueling finish to the day. Just be prepared if you’re doing the loop in that direction what’s waiting for you. I saw a lot of people without trekking poles having a lot of difficulty on that stretch.

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rocky
16 hours ago

Hiked this on Sat 8/3. BEAUTIFUL. Bumpy but fun ride up to the trailhead in a 1997 Subaru(4wd)! Also witnessed someone bust the axel on the deep rivets on the way down. Hammock camped the night before, arriving at about 6pm. Quite a few people already there with the same idea. Woke up at around 3am on Saturday mornin to someone yelling that the parking lot was full, so if you’re planning on hiking on the weekend get there the night before! There’s tons of great camping spots! We started the hike at around 6:30am. The first couple miles are nice and steady, then continues to various rocky switchbacks. Majority of the trail is already above tree line so bring ya sunnies. It was pretty heavily trafficked which was fun in a way with everyone cheering everyone on all the way to the summit! We summited Grays than Torreys. I clocked 10.6 miles, 5.5 hours on my Fitbit. Not including a 30ish minute break at each of summits, plus another 30 minutes of shorter breaks. It’s definitely a hard hike but i feel like most people can do it if you stay hydrated and take it slow! so worth the 360 views! We brought a couple pro bars and electrolyte gummies (these are the bomb) and 3L water packs. We were off the peaks before 12 & Made it back before 2pm with clear skies!

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rocky
scramble
16 hours ago

Great weather today, some wind gusts at the top. Many people and dogs on the trail. Easy way finding. No snow or ice on trail. Was not able to find a geographical marker at the top. Arrived at the trail head around 0500 with awesome moonlight - no need for headlamps today. Tracked distance from trail head to Gray's summit and back to trail head at 10 miles on a rather unreliable Apple watch. Great 14er for beginners and well-seasoned hikers.

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rocky
scramble
17 hours ago

First 14er with my daughter - Started at 6 am and did the loop “backwards” starting with the steepest section first. Reached the summit by around 7:30, greeted by the mountain goats. Very windy this morning - every bit of the forecasted 40 mph gusts. Wished I had prepared for the cold better. As we descended, it warmed up and the weather was spectacular, as were the views. Trail is well marked if I would pay attention and look ahead. Back at the parking lot around 11, taking time for rests, looking around, and pictures. Overall a great hike and super happy to have completed it.

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rocky
18 hours ago

Hiked it 8.18.19. Gorgeous day with clear skies! Took 2:30 to climb up and 1:50 back down. As a last minute thought, I threw some gloves in my pack. So glad I had them! There are wind shelters on the peak for a reason- it was windy and really cold despite the sun. Be prepared for the change. I dispersed camped by Blue Lakes last night for quick access. Lots of great spots. I started at 0630 & was glad to be back down late morning. Lots of exposed trail & the sun is intense.

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rocky
22 hours ago

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rocky
1 day ago

The information on this route is not at all correct. We hiked this exactly as indicated in the map and we ended up getting in over 9 miles and over 5,000 feet of gain. That being said, this was an epic day hike full of class 3 and 4 scrambles. After the exposed sections on point 13,641, the sawtooth is very easy and not really exposed at all. Not sure where it got its bad reputation from. We aren't the slowest people but plan on spending 10 hours doing this route. Bring at least 3 liters of water.

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scramble
snow
1 day ago

LOVED it. My friends and I live in Summit County and took our 8-9 year olds here today for their first 14’er experience. They had a BLAST! Amazing, friendly hikers the whole way. Blue skies, sun... but literal hurricane force winds (60-90mph) once we got to the saddle. A few of our friends turned back from safety concerns- actually many hikers had turned around before summiting because of the winds. One friend and kid were blown over actually, but were uninjured and kept going. We kept “low and slow” with hands on rocks and held hands in some areas just to be extra safe. (Especially on the knives edge portion, which was surprisingly narrow.) We met several families with younger children than ours and they also did great! The summit was sunny and perfect- we relaxed just long enough before descending. The winds had picked up even more and followed us the whole way down. Other than the wind, it was amazing, HOWEVER the wind kept us cool! This is definitely an “easy” 14’er and it’s perfect for those who are new to mountaineering. ❤️

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rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Favorite 14er so far, amazing views, not as crowded as those on the front range, wildflowers, no bugs, etc. A bit scrambly near the top but not too much. FYI if you don’t have HIGH CLEARANCE 4wd, probably don’t attempt the last 2 miles of the road the trailhead. I saw some Subaru’s at the trailhead but also I have no clue how they got up without bottoming out.

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rocky
1 day ago

Great trail with awesome views. It took us 6h or so with normal pace and plenty of stops. Weather was fantastic, no rain, no clouds, just a nice and sunny day. The wind is pretty brutal at the top, so don’t forget your jackets or some kind of wind breaker. Road to the trail and parking: arrived to a parking lot at 7am, all spots were taken so we just left our car a bit on the side where it was not blocking any parked cars and left a lot of room for others. Actual road after you leave i70 is really bad, so better get an SUV. There were plenty of 2wd sedans in a parking lot, but I would not recommend it, you can easily damage your car if you’re not careful. Still doable though, if you know what you’re doing.

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no shade
1 day ago

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