Guidebook

The Closest 14ers to Denver

If Denver is your basecamp for peakbagging in Colorado, these 14ers are practically in your backyard.

Description

The “14ers” are summits that rise above 14,000 feet, making them some of the tallest mountains in the US. Colorado has 53 of them, more than any other state. Some people make a goal to summit as many of them as they can. To bag them all, you need a broad skillset and need to travel quite a bit. Ascents range from straightforward hike-ups to advanced mountaineering, and the peaks are spread throughout the state. A handful are located close to Denver, however, including the best introductory ones. Whether you live in the city or come for a visit, you can start your tick list of peaks right here.

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 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
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
Quandary Peak
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Quandary Peak

Salida
3 - 4 hrs
10.9 km
1,046 m
1,046 m
Rugged ridgeline hike to the top of one of Colorado's more 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