Length: 9 miles round-trip
Difficulty: Most difficult
Why we love it: The remote location and unusually colorful rocks give this fourteener an especially adventurous feeling
When to go: Mid-summer through early autumn, before the flakes begin to fly. It’s important to get an early-morning start...
June 28 2016, 12:35 PM
—Photo courtesy of Jeff Golden / Colorado Mountain Club
If you’re regularly active, you may think you can hike a fourteener without targeted training. Sure, it’s possible—but we wouldn’t recommend it. Most 14,000-plus-foot peaks gain at least 3,000 feet of elevation in a span of several miles; that’s like taking your five-mile jog and tilting the path...
June 14 2016, 4:00 PM
Handies Peak, near Lake City, is a relatively easy fourteener that most rookie hikers don't know about due to its distance from the Front Range.
—Photo courtesy of chrisH2006 / YouTube
Memorial Day has come and gone, which means we’ve reached the season of white pants, grilling, and, best of all, fourteeners. But summiting a 14,000-plus-foot peak isn’t as easy as sliding a steak over the flames. If you don’t go about training or hiking the right way, you could be missing out on...
June 1 2016, 12:55 PM
The Maroon Bells, considered Colorado's most-photographed mountains, have also been called "The Deadly Bells" due to their precariously soft mudstone. —Photo by Sarah Boyum
The breathtaking view of the Maroon Bells, the twin claret-colored peaks whose dramatic, snow-capped profiles are reflected in the glistening waters of a peaceful alpine lake, is widely considered Colorado’s most-photographed scene. And it's easy to see why.
Maroon and North Maroon peaks,...
October 9 2015, 12:45 PM
Photo courtesy of Steven Thomas.
Incredible mountaintop views like this make it so hard to say goodbye to Colorado summers. Mountain climber Edwin James originally discovered the Rocky Mountain Columbine, our state flower, on Pikes Peak in 1820. Student and outdoor enthusiast Steven Thomas followed suit by...
September 3 2015, 8:30 AM
—Courtesy of Ben Koelker
For most mere mortals (and the risk-averse), this month marks the end of fourteener season. If all you’ve got to show for your accomplishments are a few more freckles and some awkward summit selfies, pay attention: Three-month-old Peak Patch wants to help you show off your summer triumphs with its...
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June 9 2015, 1:00 PM
Hikers traverse the saddle between Grays Peak and Torreys Peak; Photo by Jeff Nelson
As Coloradans, we’re not used to failing. (Hello, top five fittest state, second best startup city, etc.) But when it comes to protecting our high peaks, in some cases, we’re coming damned close. This month, the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI) rolls out the first-of-its-kind 14er Report Card...