The 14er Peaks Blog

Pikes Peak: 14,110 ft, 14er Rank #30/53

Pikes Peak: 14,110 ft, 14er Rank #30/53

Pikes Peak is arguably the most famous of the Colorado 14ers - featured on 14ers Maps 2 of 16 - and the second most prominent peak in Colorado, rising dramatically 8,100 feet above nearby Colorado Springs.  Not only can you drive to the summit of Pikes Peak (as with Mount Evans), but you can also take a train to the top (and, oh yes, you can hike up to the top too).  In fact, every year there is a car and motorcycle race to the summit, over 12 miles and gaining more than 4700 feet in elevation, called the Pikes Peak...

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Torreys Peak: 14,267 ft, 14er Rank #11/53

Torreys Peak: 14,267 ft, 14er Rank #11/53

With a summit only three feet lower than its close neighbor Grays Peak and less than a mile away, Torreys Peak - featured on 14ers Maps 1 of 16 - is almost always climbed with Grays Peak. Summer crowds are large, but the views from the top are magnificent and the opportunity to bag two 14ers in a single day for hikers is often too good to pass up with an easy day trip from the front range cities. As with Grays Peak, the first recorded Torreys Peak summit was made by Charles Parry in 1861, and he named it after one of his...

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Grays Peak: 14,270 ft, 14er Rank #9/53

Grays Peak: 14,270 ft, 14er Rank #9/53

Grays Peak is the highest peak in Colorado's Front Range at 14,270'.  Featured on 14ers Maps 1 of 16, a summer weekend trip to Grays will assure large crowds to contend with, but also sweeping views from the highest point of the Continental Divide at the summit. Coupled with Torreys Peak - a 14er summit about 3/4 mile away - these peaks make for great introductory 14ers hiking due to the ease of the routes. The first recorded summit of Grays peak was made by British-American Charles Parry in 1861, a botanist who trained under mentors Asa Gray and John Torrey - for whom he...

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Mount Evans: 14,264 ft, 14er Rank #14/53

Mount Evans: 14,264 ft, 14er Rank #14/53

Mount Evans - featured on 14ers Maps 1 of 16 - is the 14er peak most prominently visible from Denver - and one of only a handful where one can drive (almost) to the summit. There are a variety of routes to the summit of varying difficulty, but expect this to be one of the busiest 14ers in Colorado in the Summer due to the ease of access and proximity to Denver and the Front Range cities. Mount Evans is the highest mountain in the Chicago Peaks sub-range of the Front Range (near Mount Bierstadt - the other 14er in the Chicago...

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Mount Bierstadt: 14,060 ft, 14er Rank #38/53

Mount Bierstadt: 14,060 ft, 14er Rank #38/53

Mount Bierstadt (elev. 14,060') - featured on Colorado 14ers Maps 1 of 16 - is one of the most popular 14er hikes in Colorado, and on weekend days during the Summer one can expect to see a large number of hikers heading for the summit.   Bierstadt is located in the Chicago Range - a sub range of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains west of Denver.  The first recorded summit of the mountain was attributed to Albert Bierstadt in 1863, an immigrant from Germany, on an expedition to Colorado searching for inspiration for a series of landscape paintings for which he...

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