My 14er Route Guides Have Everything You Need For A Safe, Successful Summit.
Each 14er has one standard route, the most well-established and usually safest way up the mountain. While there are many routes (more than a dozen on some peaks), the Standard Route is the best place to get started for most beginners. Here are a few 14er Route Guides of the named and ranked Colorado 14ers. You can find all the 14er Route Guides sorted by Range further below, or by difficulty here.
14er Standard Routes by Range
Front Range 14ers
San Juan Range 14ers
Sawatch Range 14ers
Elk Range 14ers
Ten Mile Range 14ers
Mosquito Range 14ers
Sangre de Christo Range 14ers
My Colorado 14er Route Guides Help Provide Knowledge You Need to Succeed
Each of my Colorado 14er route guides includes a topographical map and trailhead map, weather information, and a detailed description of the hike, scramble or climb. I also include helpful advice and links for first time fourteener climbers. My 14er route guides page is still a work in progress – thanks for your patience as I continue writing and uploading more 14er route guides to the website.
New to the Colorado fourteeners? There are 53, or 58 of these high, 14,000-foot peaks, depending on how you define them. Fifty-three peaks are both named and ranked, meaning they rise at least 300 feet above any neighboring peaks. However five additional peaks are officially named despite not meeting the 300 feet traditional rule. This brings the total for many people to 58.
Most of the 14ers can be summited in a single day on a hike or scramble. However about 15 of the fourteeners require scrambling or climbing along exposed routes where falls are likely fatal. Anyone seeking to ascend these difficult peaks should start with some of the easier peaks and work their way up as they gain skill and experience. Most people take anywhere from 5-15 years to climb all of the fourteeners. Taking your time is likely a good idea. I’m here to support your with route guides, articles and advice to get started.
There are many risks while climbing even easy fourteeners. The weather on fourteeners is variable with snow possible any month of the year. The summer is known for dangerous afternoon thunderstorms for those exposed above tree line. Altitude sickness can cause problems and trips and falls can lead to serious danger when temperatures plummet at night. Make sure you plan ahead and bring the right gear to stay safe while you are hiking and climbing the fourteeners. My 14er route guides include a bit of advice to stay safe and links to my Beginners Guide, resources and other articles to help get started.
Looking for even more 14er route guides? Visit summitpost.com and 14ers.com for literally hundreds of Colorado guides. For 13er route guides, visit www.climb13ers.com/. There are also many great guide books available on Amazon or from retailers like REI or your local outdoor gear supplier.