Colorado is a state full of natural splendor, visited by thousands year by year. And one of Colorado’s best attractions is its Fourteeners. The Fourteeners are mountains or elevated peaks that go over 14,000 feet of elevation. There are 53 (some debate 54) Fourteeners in Colorado, making it the state with the most Fourteeners. Alaska, California and Washington are also proud of their own Fourteeners. Half a million climbers visit Colorado yearly to climb these breath-taking peaks and today we share some interesting details about these giants.
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What makes a mountain a Fourteener?
The most common trait that makes a mountain a Fourteener is the fact that its peak’s elevation meets or exceeds 14,000 feet above sea level. But not all summits that reach or go over this elevation qualify as a Fourteener. Mountaineers consider that it also needs to be independent. There are two other characteristics that make a mountain independent: their topographic prominence and isolation. Topographic prominence is a relative term that refers to how much a mountain stands out from its surrounding terrain, measured from its lowest point at its base. Isolation refers to the distance from another higher summit. Either these terms, or the combination of them, are used to then qualify a mountain as a Fourteener in the US. In other countries, where Fourteeners can be found, such as Canada and Mexico, there are slight differences in the criteria of these colossal peaks.
Top 10 Fourteeners in Colorado
Being a proud land of 54 Fourteeners, it’s no surprise to find many websites and organizations that protect and share information about Colorado’s imposing peaks. Most Fourteeners in the US are distributed along the mountainy chains such as the Rocky Mountains. Altitude and other characteristics allow to rank these mountains, here are the top 10:
- Mount Albert, 14,400 ft
- Mount Massive, 14, 428 ft
- Mount Harvard, 14,421 ft
- La Plata Peak, 14, 368 ft
- Blanca Peak, 14, 351 ft
- Uncompahgre Peak, 14, 321 ft
- Crestone Peak, 14, 300 ft
- Mount Lincoln, 14, 293 ft
- Castle Peak, 14, 279 ft
- Grays Peak, 14, 278 ft
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