Guidebook

The Front Range: Colorado's Most Easily-Accessible 14ers

Just because these 14ers are easy to get to doesn't mean they're easy to climb!

Description

Colorado’s Front Range Urban Corridor is home to the vast majority of the state’s 5.8 million residents. Consequently, even though the bulk of the best trails and mountain peaks are located deep in the Rockies far away from the cities, some of the most popular trails and peaks are found in the Front Range. The locals can’t resist the draw of the nearby hikes and climbs!

In this guidebook, we’ve rounded up all of the 14ers—peaks rising above 14,000 feet above sea level—that are considered part of Colorado’s “Front Range.” The list includes ultra-famous easily-accessible mountains like Longs Peak, Pikes Peak, and Mount Evans, among others. But just because they’re accessible doesn’t mean they’re easy—Longs Peak is the deadliest mountain in the state of Colorado, and one of the more technical 14er ascents. And ascending Pikes Peak by the Barr Trail is considered to be one of the longest ascents of a single 14er in the state (but of course, it depends on the specific route chosen).

However, the Front Range list does include a few beginner-friendly 14ers, most notably Grays and Torreys and Mount Bierstadt. And if you really want to, you can even drive up Mount Evans and Pikes Peak… but what’s the fun in that?

Sources:
14ers.com
KDVR.com
Wikipedia.org

Grays and Torreys Peaks
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Grays and Torreys Peaks

4 - 5 hrs
12.9 km
1,086 m
1,086 m
Summit two 14,000-foot peaks in one big hike.
Severe
Private
Mount Evans - West Ridge
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Mount Evans - West Ridge

2 - 3 hrs
8.6 km
613 m
613 m
Take the trail instead of the road up one of Colorado's most accessible 14ers.
Severe
Private
Longs Peak - Keyhole Route
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Longs Peak - Keyhole Route

21.5 km
1,540 m
Standard route to the top of Longs Peak, the only 14er in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Moderate
Private
Mount Bierstadt
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Mount Bierstadt

11.7 km
823 m
Despite being known as one of Colorado's easier 14ers, the climb up Bierstadt is still varied and rewarding.
Easy
Private
Pikes Peak: Barr Trail
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Pikes Peak: Barr Trail

Colorado Springs
1 day +
37.1 km
2,276 m
2,276 m
Climb America's Mountain on one of the longest 14er hikes in the state.
Severe
Private