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CO 14ers

Trip Types

Dedicated Climbing Trips
These are trips worth traveling to Colorado to do in their own right.
  • Crestones 50 Classics (w/ Crestone Traverse)
  • Wilson Group Winter Traverse (Wilson-Diente Traverse)
  • Ouray Winter Climbs (w/ ice climbing)
  • Maroon Bells & Capitol Pk (w/ Maroon Bells Traverse & Capitol-Snowmass Traverse)
  • Longs Peak Diamond

Acclimatization Trips
These are trips that would be good pre-acclimatization for high altitude expeditions. Otherwise - eh.
  • Front Range - NM - San Juans Loop
  • Leadville Challenge
  • Other

Big 14ers Traverses
1. Maroon Bells
2. Little Bear-Blanca
3. Crestones Peak-Crestone Needle
4. Mount Wilson-El Diente

Boulder (1x14er)
  • Longs Peak
    • The Diamond (Casual Route) (IV, 5.10a, 7P)

CO Springs (1x14er)
  • Pike's Peak
    • Y Couloir* (III, cl. 3, steep snow/ice)(May-June)
    • East Slopes (III, cl. 1, RT 25.8 mi +7400' )

Idaho Springs (4x14ers)

   Grays Group
  • Torrey's Peak
    • South Paw Couloir (II, cl. 3, steep snow)(7 mi +3,040')
    • Kelso Ridge* (II, cl. 3)(7 mi +3,040')
    • Eroica (II, cl. 3, steep snow)(Seasonal)(6 mi +3,950')(Finest mixed climb)
    • Emporer (II, cl. 3, steep snow)(Seasonal)(6.2 mi +3,950')(Seasonal)(3,000 ft snowclimb)
  • Grays Peak
    • Traverse (from Torreys)(I, cl.2)
    • North Slopes Trail (cl. 1)(descent)
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    Evans Group
  • Mount Evans
    • Diamond (II, cl. 4, steep snow)(2 mi +1,420')(June)
    • Mt Evans Road & SW Slopes (cl. 1-2)(descend, link w/ Bierstadt)
  • Mount Bierstadt
    • East Ridge* (II, cl. 3)
    • The Sawtooth* (II, cl. 3)(descend, link w/ Mt Evans Road for return)

Vail (1x14ers)
  • Mount of the Holy Cross
    • Holy Cross Couloir* (III, cl. 3, steep snow, +1200')(12 mi +5,625')(mid-June to mid-July)

Aspen (6/7x14ers)

   Maroon Bells Group
  • Maroon Peak
    • Bell Cord Couloir* (III, cl. 4, steep snow/ice, 1,800'  averaging 42 degrees)(8 miles, +4,600')(July for ice)
    • South Ridge (II, cl. 3)
  • North Maroon Peak
    • North Face* (III, cl. 4, steep snow/ice, 1,600' averaging 47 degrees with rock bands)(7.6 mi +4,450')
    • Maroons Traverse* (II, cl. 4) (Classic 14er Traverse)
Linkup: Maroons (9.4 mi +4,850')(North Face, traverse, south ridge)
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  • Pyramid Peak
    • Northeast Ridge (II, cl. 4)(6 miles +4,450')
    • Northwest Ridge (II, cl. 4)(harder than NE Ridge)(6 miles +4,450')
    • West Couloir (II, cl. 4, steep snow)(Melts out by mid-July)(9 miles +4,450')
Linkup: Maroons & Pyramid (11.5 mi +8,600')

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  • Capitol Peak
    • Northwest Ridge* (III, 5.7, Steep snow/ice)(5.8 direct start avoids Slingshot Couloir & it's snow & rock hazard)(16 mi +5,550')
    • Northeast Ridge* (II, cl. 4)(Descent)(17 mi +5,800')
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  • Snowmass Mountain
    • East Slopes* (II, cl. 3, moderate snow)(21 miles +5,700')
Linkup: Traverse from Capitol to Snowmass - major undertaking. Lots of cl. 4, IV-V climb. (Classic 14er Traverse rarely done.)

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  • Conundrum Peak (unofficial)
    • Conundrum Couloir (II, cl. 3, steep snow)(9.6 mi +4,260')(better in early summer for continuous snow)
  • Castle Peak
    • Traverse from Conundrum (cl. 2)
    • Northeast Ridge (II, cl. 2, moderate snow)
Linkup: Conundrum Couloir (cl. 3, steep snow), traverse to Castle (cl. 2), descend NE Ridge (cl. 2)

Westcliffe (5x14ers) (Crestone Group)

    Crestones Group
  • Crestone Needle
    • Ellingwood Arete* (III, 5.7)
  • Crestone Peak
    • Traverse from C Needle (II, cl. 4) (classic 14er Traverse)
    • Northwest Couloir (II, cl. 3, steep snow/ice)
    • North Pillar* (III, 5.8) (not as continuous of a linkup. Runout climbing, not as nice of a line. Many reports of breaking holds)
  • Kit Carson Peak
    • The Prow* (III, 5.8)(linkup w/ Crestones!)
    • East Ridge Traverse (II, cl. 3)(5.8 mii +3400' from S Colony Lakes)(linkup w/ Crestones)
  • Challenger Point
    • West Ridge (of Kit Carson) (II, cl. 3)(from Kit Carson Pk)
  • Humboldt Peak
    • West Ridge (II, cl. 2)(linkup w/ Crestones)
Suggested Linkup: 
  • Day 1: Ellingwood Arete (III, 5.7), Traverse to Crestone Pk (II, cl. 4), descend NW Couloir (II, cl. 3, steep snow)
  • Day 2: The Prow (III, 5.8), West Ridge (of Kit Karson) (II, cl. 3), descend East Ridge (II, cl. 3), West Ridge of Humboldt (II, cl. 2), descend SE slopes (cl. 2)

Telluride (3x14ers) 
 
    Wilson Group
  • Wilson Peak
    • North Ridge (cl. 4?)
    • West Ridge (cl. 3)
    • Traverse to Gladstone Peak (cl. 3)
  • Mount Wilson
    • Traverse from Gladstone Peak (w/ N Slopes?) (cl. 4?)
  • El Diente
    • West Ridge (cl. 4)
    • East Ridge (cl. 3)
Suggested Linkup (Winter Traverse): 
  • West Ridge of El Diente, Traverse to Wilson, Traverse to Gladstone, Traverse to Wilson Pk, descend N Ridge or W Ridge. (Classic 14er Traverse)

Ouray (6x14ers)
  • Mount Sneffels
    • North Buttress* (III, 5.6)(8.6 mi +4810')
    • Snake Couloir* (III, cl. 3, steep snow/ice)(8.6 mi +4810') (One of CO's best 14er mountaineering routes)
    • SW Ridge* (II, cl.3) (descend & return via Blue Lakes Approach)
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     Handies Group
  • Handies Peak (Done)
    • West Slopes via Grouse Gulch (II cl. 2)(8 mi +4100')
  • Sunshine Peak
    • Northwest Ridge (II, cl. 2+)(7.6 mi +3950')
  • Redcloud Peak
    • South Ridge (II, cl. 2)
    • NE Ridge (II, cl. 1-2)
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     Uncompahgre Group
  • Wetterhorn Peak
    • Southeast Ridge* (II, cl. 3)(8 mi + 3600')
    • East Ridge (II, cl. 4)(traverse to & ascend Matterhorn Pk (cl. 3)
  • Uncompahgre Peak
    • West Face (II, cl. 2)(10 mi +4300')
Silverton (3x14ers)

     Eolus Group
  • Mount Eolus
    • South Ridge (II, cl. 4)(15.2 mi +5,900')
    • Northeast Ridge (II, cl. 3)(18.2 mi +5900') (descend)
  • Sunlight Peak
    • West Ridge* (II, cl. 4)
    • South Slopes (II, cl. 4) (descend)
  • Windom Peak
    • Northwest Face (II, cl. 3, moderate snow)
    • West Ridge* (II, cl. 2+)

Leadville-I-70 (6x14ers)
  • Quandary Peak
    • East Slopes*(II, cl. 1) (5.4 mi, +3370')
    • Inwood Arete (II, 5.4 (or 5.7-5.8 var)) (5 mi, +3170') (Preferred Route)
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     Lincoln Group
     (Private Land Issue. Only one way to climb these, via Kite Lake TH) 
  • Mount Democrat
    • South Ridge (I, cl. 3)
    • East Ridge (I, cl. 2)
  • Mount Cameron
    • Decalibration (cl. 2)
  • Mount Lincoln
    • West Ridge (I, cl. 2)
  • Mount Bross
    • Northeast Slopes (I, cl. 1)
  • "South Bross"
    • N Ridge (I, cl. 1)
    • W Slopes (I, cl. 2)
    Suggested Linkup: Decalibration (II, cl. 2, 7 mi, +3600')

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  • Mount Sherman
    • Fourmile Creek (I, cl. 2, 8 mi, +2800')

Leadville-Salida (14x14ers)

  • Mount Massive
    • Massive Mania (II, cl. 3) (11.6 mi +5000' from Windsor Lake TH)(Massive Massif Traverse)
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  • Mount Elbert (Done)
    • NE Ridge (II, cl. 1)(9 mi +4400')
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  • La Plata Peak
    • Ellingwood Ridge* (III, cl. 3)(10 mi +5000')
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  • Huron Peak
    • East Slopes (II, cl. 2)(9.4 mi +4100')(Linkup w/ Belford Group)
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     Belford Group
  • Missouri Mountain
    • North Face Couloirs (II, cl. 3, Moderate Snow)(Early Summer)(9 mi, +4450')
    • West Ridge (II, cl. 2)(5 mi, 3,100')
    • NW Ridge (II, cl. 2) (Descent)
  • Mount Belford
    • West Slopes (cl. 2)
  • Mount Oxford
    • West Slopes (cl. 2)(11 mi, +5900')
        Suggested Linkup: Rockdale TH, Huron via E Slopes, Missouri Mtn via W Ridge, Mt Belford & Oxford via W Slopes, descent to Missouri Gulch TH.

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         Harvard Group
      • Mount Harvard
        • South Slopes (II, cl. 2)(12.6 mi +4550')
      • Mount Columbia
        • Combination (II, cl. 2 or 5th)(13.5 mi +5,900')
             --------
      • Mount Yale
        • East Ridge* (II, cl. 2)(from N Cottonwood TH to link with others)
              
          Suggested Linkup: N Cottonwood TH, Harvard via S Slopes & Combination var of Columbia, E Ridge of Yale
           

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          • Mount Princeton
            • Southwest Ridge (II, cl. 2)(7 mi +5100')
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              • Mount Antero
                • Browns Creek (cl. 2)
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                   Shavano Group
              • Tabeguache Peak
                • Southwest Ridge (II, cl. 2)(6 mi +3700')
              • Mount Shavano
                • Traverse from Tabeguache (II, cl. 2)(8-9.2 mi +4700'to+4900')
                • Northeast Slopes (cl. 2)(Descent)
                    
              Suggested Linkup: Jennings Creek TH, SW Ridge, Traverse over to Shavano, descend NE Slopes, ascend Mount Antero via Browns Creek, return via W Ridge col.

                  Walsenberg (4x14ers)

                       Blanca Group
                  • Blanca Peak
                    • Ormes Buttress* (III, 5.6)(7.6 mi +3700')
                  • Ellingwood Point
                    • Traverse from Blanca (cl. 3) (Classic 14er Traverse)
                    • SW Ridge (cl. 3) (descend)
                  • Little Bear Peak
                    • NW Face (III, cl. 4)
                    • Traverse to Blanca (III, 5.2, 2-8 hrs)
                  • Mount Lindsey
                    • Gash Ridge  (III, 5.0-5.2) (Descent from Blanca)
                    • Pt 13,100 (cl. 3)
                    • N Face (cl. 2)
                  San Luis (1x14er)
                  • Culebra Peak
                    • NW Ridge (II, cl. 2, RT 13 mi +4,810')
                  Creede (1x14er)
                  • San Luis Peak
                    • West Slopes (II, cl. 2, easy snow)(11.2 mi +5140')
                    • South Ridge (III, cl. 3) (full var over 4x13ers)  (return)
                         Trip (Pre-expedition acclimatization): Colorado Springs, Walsenberg, Wheeler Pk (NM), San Luis, Creede - (7x14ers & 1 State Highpoint)