The 14er Peaks Blog

Mount Shavano: 14,229 ft, 14er Rank #17/53; Tabeguache Peak: 14,155 ft, 14er Rank: #25/53

Mount Shavano: 14,229 ft, 14er Rank #17/53; Tabeguache Peak: 14,155 ft, 14er Rank: #25/53

Mount Shavano and Tabeguache Peak - two of the three 14ers of the 'indian group' featured on Colorado 14ers Map 9 of 16 (the other being Mount Antero) - are neighbors (their summits are less than a mile apart) and the southernmost 14ers of the Sawatch Range. Usually hiked together due to their close proximity, these two peaks are moderately busy compared to other Sawatch Range 14ers - but expect plenty of company on Summer weekends nonetheless. Native American references are common amongst place names of the Sawatch Range, as this area was part of Ute indian territory of Colorado, with the name Sawatch...

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Mount Yale: 14,196 ft, 14er Rank #21/53

Mount Yale: 14,196 ft, 14er Rank #21/53

The last Collegiate Peak in this blog series, Mount Yale - featured on Colorado 14ers Map 8 of 16 - is the southernmost 14er in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, though Mount Princeton (not in the wilderness) is south of that. Though largely non-technical, Mount Yale does have its fair share of talus (loose rock) to negotiate up the standard route and is one of the more popular Sawatch Range 14ers hiked each year, so you'll rarely be alone in the Summer. As discussed in more detail in the post dedicated to Mount Harvard, the first recorded ascent of Mount Yale was by a team...

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Mount Princeton: 14,197 ft, 14er Rank #20/53

Mount Princeton: 14,197 ft, 14er Rank #20/53

Mount Princeton - featured on Colorado 14ers Map 8 of 16 - is often ranked as #20 of 53 ranked 14ers in Colorado, but it's technically tied for #18 as its summit is the same elevation as two other 14ers: fellow Sawatch Range peak Mount Belford and Crestone Needle in the Sangre de Cristo Range further south. So convention has it often listed as #20 becuase it's third in alphabetical order of the three tied peaks. Mount Princeton is the southernmost Collegiate Peak 14er, though it is not actually in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness area - so no permits or fees are required....

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Huron Peak: 14,003 ft, 14er Rank #52/53

Huron Peak: 14,003 ft, 14er Rank #52/53

Barely qualifying as a 14er by only three feet, Huron Peak - featured on Colorado 14ers Map 7 of 16 - still beats out Sunshine Peak (at 14,001 ft) down in the San Juan Mountains, staving off last place amongst Colorado's mountain giants. Though it is nearby some of the other Collegiate Peak 14ers (Missouri, Belford and Oxford), it is on a separate flank of the range and is not usually climbed on the same day as the others (it is less popular than some of others too.) The origins of the name Huron Peak are murky, but likely originally...

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Missouri Mountain: 14,067 ft, 14er Rank #36/53

Missouri Mountain: 14,067 ft, 14er Rank #36/53

Missouri Mountain - featured on Colorado 14ers Map 7 of 16 - is yet another 14er in the Collegiate Peaks in the Sawatch Range. Nearby Mount Belford and Mount Oxford, Missouri Mountain is often climbed in conjunction with these peaks, though often by itself from Clohesy Lake. Sporting about 5,000 hiker-use days per year, this peak is not as popular as other Sawatch 14ers, despite the main route being a Class 2 (more difficult hiking). Named by miners from Missouri in the late 1800s - hence the basic name Missouri Mountain - this peak was for a long time not actually recognized...

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