The 14er Peaks Blog

Capitol Peak: 14,130 ft, 14er Rank #29/53

Capitol Peak: 14,130 ft, 14er Rank #29/53

Often considered the most difficult 14er (or certainly among them), Capitol Peak - featured on Colorado 14ers Map 11 of 16 - lies deep in the Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness hidden away from view by most roads. Capitol Peak is not nearly as crowded as many other Colorado fourteeners due to remoteness and difficulty; Colorado Fourteeners Initiative estimated less than 1,000 hiker use days in 2015 compared to, say, Grays and Torreys Peaks in the Front Range that saw more than 20,000. Named Capitol Mountain by the Hayden Survey in 1874, they did not attempt to summit the peak.  From that trek,...

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Pyramid Peak: 14,018 ft, 14er Rank #47/53

Pyramid Peak: 14,018 ft, 14er Rank #47/53

Pyramid Peak - featured on Colorado 14ers Map 10 of 16 - is a neighbor or the popular Maroon Bells in the Elk Mountains and, despite only qualifying as a 14er by 18 feet, just as challenging. Though one of the lesser hiked/climbed 14ers in the state (Colorado Fourteeners Initiative estimated less than 1000 hiker use days in 2015), it is accessed by one of the most popular and busy areas of Colorado's hiking areas around Maroon and Crater Lakes. Named "Black Pyramid Peak" by the Hayden Survey in 1874 due to the distinct pyramid-shaped summit cone, the name was later changed...

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Maroon Peak: 14,156 ft, 14er Rank #24/53; North Maroon Peak: 14,014 ft, 14er Rank - Unranked

Maroon Peak: 14,156 ft, 14er Rank #24/53; North Maroon Peak: 14,014 ft, 14er Rank - Unranked

The Maroon Bells: Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak - both featured on Colorado 14ers Map 10 of 16 - are perhaps the most iconic 14ers in Colorado. Despite their beauty and ease of viewing from the popular Maroon Lake, these Elk Mountain peaks are some of the most challenging 14ers to summit. Though North Maroon Peak is unranked (not enough rise from its saddle with the higher Maroon Peak), it is often thought of as an honorary 14er. The Maroon Bells were first named by the Hayden Survey of 1874 (yes, the same group that named so many 14ers in Colorado), who called...

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Castle Peak: 14,265 ft, 14er Rank #12/53; Conundrum Peak: 14,060 ft, 14er Rank - Unranked

Castle Peak: 14,265 ft, 14er Rank #12/53; Conundrum Peak: 14,060 ft, 14er Rank - Unranked

Castle Peak and its neighbor Conundrum Peak - both featured on Colorado 14ers Map 10 of 16 - are the first peaks of the Elk Mountains of central Colorado near Aspen this blog will examine. Usually hiked together since the summit of Conundrum Peak is only 0.6 miles from the summit of Castle Peak, only one of these (Castle) gets the distinction of being a real, ranked 14er, since Conundrum only rises 240 feet above the saddle between them and is lower. (Remember: a rise of at least 300 feet from a connecting saddle is widely considered necessary to be a separate,...

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Mount Antero: 14,269 ft, 14er Rank #10/53

Mount Antero: 14,269 ft, 14er Rank #10/53

Mount Antero is the third member of the 'Indian Group' of 14ers - featured on Colorado 14ers Map 9 of 16 along with Mount Shavano and Tabeguache Peak (the other two 14ers of the 'Indian Group') - and is one of the few 14ers that you can drive almost to the top. Unlike Pikes Peak and Mount Evans with paved roads nearly to their summits, though, Mount Antero is more like Mount Bross in that the road access is via 4x4 roads that get within a half mile of the summit (and 535 vertical feet). The highest peak of the Indian Group of...

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