Guidebook

The Heart of the Rockies: Chaffee County 14ers

All of the mountain peaks over 14,000 feet in Chaffee County.

Description

Chaffee County, Colorado is home to 12 mountain peaks that rise to over 14,000 feet above sea level--known as "14ers." It is home to the most 14ers of any county in the lower 48 US States, making the moniker "Heart of the Rockies" more than just a catchy phrase. If you want to climb 14ers, chart your course for Chaffee County!

Mount Shavano and Tabeguache Peak
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Mount Shavano and Tabeguache Peak

Salida
6 - 7 hrs
16.6 km
1,613 m
1,613 m
One of the most easily-accessible trailheads in Chaffee County leads to two of Colorado's famous 14ers.
Severe
Private
Mount Antero: Little Browns Creek
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Mount Antero: Little Browns Creek

Salida
7 - 8 hrs
27.1 km
1,692 m
1,692 m
The most scenic and adventurous route to the summit of Mount Antero.
Extreme
Private
Mount Princeton
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Mount Princeton

Buena Vista
6 - 7 hrs
21.4 km
1,599 m
1,599 m
A climb to the summit of the most visibly-impressive 14er in Chaffee County.
Severe
Private
Mount Yale
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Mount Yale

Buena Vista
5 - 6 hrs
15.4 km
1,306 m
1,306 m
Buena Vista's backyard 14er offers a challenging climb with a rewarding summit view.
Extreme
Private
Mount Harvard - South Slope
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Mount Harvard - South Slope

Buena Vista
6 - 7 hrs
21.8 km
1,390 m
1,390 m
This 14-mile roundtrip hike to the 14,420' summit of Mt. Harvard, complete with a final scramble up the summit-block, is truly a top-notch 14er experience!
Extreme
Private
Mt. Columbia - East Ridge
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Mt. Columbia - East Ridge

Buena Vista
6 - 7 hrs
18.8 km
1,626 m
1,626 m
Avoid the crowds and utilize route finding skills by trekking the East Ridge route to summit 14,073' Mt. Columbia.
Severe
Private
Huron Peak - Northwest Slopes
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Huron Peak - Northwest Slopes

Buena Vista
3 - 4 hrs
10.6 km
1,040 m
1,040 m
Second lowest in stature, 14,003' Huron Peak is second-to-none in sheer beauty.
Difficult
Private
Belford-Oxford Loop
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Belford-Oxford Loop

Buena Vista
6 - 7 hrs
19.3 km
1,744 m
1,744 m
Two 14er summits, a beautiful pass, and 6,146' elevation gain over 12.2 miles is a wonderful way to spend a day in the Sawatch Range.
Difficult
Private
Missouri Mountain
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Missouri Mountain

Leadville
5 - 6 hrs
17.0 km
1,376 m
1,376 m
An autumn backpacking excursion in Missouri Gulch is the best way to experience the splendor of 14,067' Missouri Mountain.
Severe
Private
La Plata Peak - Northwest Ridge
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La Plata Peak - Northwest Ridge

Aspen Summer
5 - 6 hrs
14.6 km
1,355 m
1,355 m
14,336-foot La Plata Peak's Northwest Ridge Route may be the “standard” route, but it is certainly an above average hike!
Severe
Private