Mountain ranges view with a blue sky from the peak of one of the easiest 14ers in Colorado

21 Easiest 14ers in Colorado (By a Local)

I’m a Colorado local here to guide you to the easiest 14ers in Colorado, But first, let’s get one thing straight: none of the Colorado 14ers are “easy” hikes, just relatively easier. Climbing any of these mountains is a strenuous undertaking — it’s both a physical and mental challenge! 

Before you arrive at any 14er trailhead, build endurance and do your research. Check recent trip reports and weather predictions, pack the essentials, and pick a beginner-friendly trail. 

All of the peaks listed in this guide are Class 1 or Class 2 climbs. Class 1 climbs are standard walking routes, while Class 2 climbs may involve some exposure, loose rock, and scrambling. My guide also shares the distance and elevation gain of each mountain, and I give tips to help support a successful summit.

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21 Easiest Colorado 14ers

Mount Bierstadt

Elevation: 14,065 ft

Travel Lemming Editor Abigail Nueve with her husband holding a handwritten sign on Mount Bierstadt
Travel Lemming Editor Abigail and her husband on Mount Bierstadt 

🥾 Class 2 | 📍 Google Maps | Website | Costs: free

Mt. Bierstadt is not only widely considered the easiest 14er in Colorado to hike, but it’s also one of the easiest 14ers to get to from the Denver metro area. It’s only about 60-90 minutes away from the Front Range, with a paved road and designated parking. 

The trail itself is 7 miles round-trip with a 2,850-foot elevation gain, which is fairly low for a 14er. Most of it is well-marked, until the end when you’ll be hiking over some rocky terrain to get to the summit.

This is an extremely popular trail. You’ll want to go on a weekday and get there very early (before 6 am) to ensure you have parking and aren’t waiting in line to hike to the top. A free permit, available at the trailhead, is required to climb. 

👉 My Favorite Gear: Trekking poles are a huge help, taking pressure off your knees and helping to navigate rocky terrain! 

Grays Peak

Elevation: 14,278 ft

Travel Lemming Editor Abigail Nueve with her husband holding a sign on the summit of Grays Peak

🥾 Class 1 | 📍 Google Maps | Website | Costs: free

Grays Peak is under 90 minutes from Denver and the Front Range. It’s easily accessible, though there is a dirt road at the end so it’s helpful to have a high-clearance vehicle. 

The hike from the Grays Peak trailhead is relatively gentle with a 3,000-foot elevation gain. Grays Peak is commonly paired with Torreys Peak, meaning a first-timer could bag two peaks their first time out!

Again, due to its proximity to Denver, this is an extremely popular hike and you’ll want to be on the trail early.

📚 Related Reading: Hiking Essentials Checklist (26 Things to Pack on a Hike)

Torreys Peak

Elevation: 14,267 ft

Torreys Peak view from a rock cairn in Grays Peak
Torreys Peak seen to the right from the summit of Grays

🥾 Class 2 | 📍 Google Maps | Website | Costs: free

Hikers often pair Grays and Torreys Peaks together. Once you’ve hiked Grays, it’s just a matter of crossing a short, wide saddle to the top of Torreys Peak. The biggest challenge of this hike is finding parking and avoiding crowds, so try to go on a weekday and get there by 5 am. 

Quandary Peak

Elevation: 14,271 ft

A man posing with the scenic view of the snow covered mountain ranges from Quandary Peak during winter
Quandary Peak is a popular winter hike, too! 

🥾 Class 1 | 📍 Google Maps | Website | Costs: Shuttle from Breckenridge – $5/residents, $15/visitors; Full-day summer parking reservations – $25/weekdays, $50/weekends & holidays

Quandary Peak is near Breckenridge, so you might want to check out where to stay in Breckenridge to make things easier in the morning. The hike climbs 3,450 feet in elevation and is another very popular hike. In fact, it was the most-climbed 14er in 2020. Most hikers opt for the East Ridge, which is a fairly straight slog with a broad ridgeline. 

👉 My Favorite Gear: Sunscreen at these elevations is a must! 

Mount Sherman

Elevation: 14,043 ft

Scenic view of the landscape and mountain ranges from the summit of Mount Sherman
Mount Sherman is near Fairplay and is one of the easier 14ers to climb

🥾 Class 2 | 📍 Google Maps | Website | Costs: free

Mt. Sherman is a good first-time 14er. It’s usually the one my sons’ Boy Scout troop does. If they can wrangle a group of 13-year-old boys to the top, it has to be fairly straightforward! 

The road to the trailhead is dirt, and you’ll want a high-clearance vehicle if you don’t want to add distance to your route. Sherman is near Leadville, where you’ll find plenty of places to stay before your hike. 

Mount Elbert

Elevation: 14,439 ft

Sunrise view from the summit of Mount Elbert in Colorado
Sunrise on Mount Elbert, the highest summit of all the Colorado 14ers

🥾 Class 1 | 📍 Google Maps | Website | Costs: free

Mount Elbert is considered one of the easiest 14ers in Colorado because there’s not much exposure. The trail is simple to follow, without much rock scrambling or route finding. However, with a 4,700-foot elevation gain, it’s still a grueling 9.5-mile hike! 

There are several routes to the summit, but beginners should stick to either the South Mt. Elbert Trail or the North (Main) Mt. Elbert Trail. When you’re done, you can brag you’ve climbed the highest peak in Colorado!

Handies Peak

Elevation: 14,058 ft

Hikers on the ascent to Handies Peak in Colorado
Hikers on their way to the summit of Handies Peak

🥾 Class 1 | 📍 Google Maps | Website | Costs: free

Handies Peak is known for being one of the prettiest and easiest 14ers in Colorado! It’s in the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado. Book one of several places to stay in Silverton or Lake City to get an early start. 

📚 Related Reading: Halfway to Heaven is a reporter’s account of trying to hike all of Colorado’s 14ers as a middle-aged dad. It’s funny, but also has some interesting info and stories about each peak.

Huron Peak

Elevation: 14,012 ft

A sunny day with a scenic view of the mountain ranges from the summit of Huron Peak

🥾 Class 2 | 📍 Google Maps | Website | Costs: free

Huron Peak is near Buena Vista and is a beautiful trail. It’s best hiked in late spring or summer — peak season for hiking 14ers. You will want a 4-wheel drive vehicle to get to the trailhead. The hike is 6.5 miles round-trip and has a 3,500-foot elevation gain. 

Mount Blue Sky (aka “Mount Evans”)

Elevation: 14,265 ft

An architectural structure made of rocks near the signage at the summit of Mount Evans
The drive from Idaho Springs to Mount Blue Sky is one of the best things to do in Idaho Springs! (photo: Paul Higley / Shutterstock) 

🥾 Class 2 | 📍 Google Maps | Website | Costs: free

Mount Blue Sky is the new name of the peak formerly known as Mount Evans, per an official name change made in September, 2023.

Technically, I suppose you could drive to a parking spot at the top of Mount Blue Sky, walk a few feet to the sign, and claim you summited!

However, to really gain your bragging rights, begin at the Summit Lake parking area. The hike from Summit Lake to the top of Mount Blue Sky is 5.5 miles round trip with a 2,000-foot elevation gain. You’ll also summit a 13er on this hike, the 13,842-foot Mount Spalding.

Pikes Peak

Elevation: 14,115 ft

Beautiful sunrise view of Pikes Peaks with an orangey color reflected on the mountains from the sun
A view of Pikes Peak from the Garden of the Gods

🥾 Class 1 | 📍 Google Maps | Website | Costs: $25 for parking

Like Mount Mount Blue Sky, you can drive to the top of Pikes Peak. But if you’d like to do things the challenging way, the trail is 13 miles one way, which gains 7,400 feet in elevation. Many hikers break this up into two days, with a stop at Barr Camp where they’ll feed you dinner and breakfast to get you fueled for the summit.  

Mount Antero

Elevation: 14,275 ft

Beautiful landscape view of Mount Antero in Colorado
A view of Mount Antero from Tabeguache Peak

🥾 Class 2 | 📍 Google Maps | Website | Costs: free

Antero is a 7-mile hike with 2,400 feet of elevation gain. It’s a fairly rocky trail to the summit. The largest aquamarine in Colorado was found on this mountain. While there are prospecting caves and rock-hunting opportunities, there are a lot of claims. You can get in plenty of trouble if you grab rocks from someone else’s claim.

👉 My Favorite Gear: If you want to document your epic trip up the mountain, this GoPro is a great option!

Culebra Peak

Elevation: 14,049 ft

The rocky landscape and summit view of Culebra Peak
This is one of the more challenging mountains to get to in the Sangre de Cristos

🥾 Class 2 | 📍 Google Maps | Website | Costs: $150 per person

Culebra is on land owned by the Cielo Vista Ranch. The ranch allows people to hike here for a considerable fee, but this cuts down on crowds. There’s no defined trail to the summit here, and you’re surrounded by beautiful scenery as you find your way to the top. 

San Luis Peak

Elevation: ​​14,022 ft

A blue backpack at the rocky San Luis Peak in Colorado
San Luis Peak is a pleasant summer hike near Creede

🥾 Class 1 | 📍 Google Maps | Website | Costs: free

Creede is the nearest town to San Luis Peak, but this is a hard 14er to reach! It will take about 2 hours once you’re off the paved road to make your way to the trail and you definitely want a 4-wheel drive. The hike itself is a pretty simple climb, and you’ll cover 12.6 miles and 3,454 feet of elevation. 

Redcloud Peak

Elevation: 14,041 ft

Snow covered rocky mountains view from Redcloud Peak in winter
Chilly winter views!

🥾 Class 2 | 📍 Google Maps | Website | Costs: free

Redcloud Peak is considered one of the easier 14ers, although some hikers combine it with the 14,013-foot Sunshine Peak for a more challenging day. This is also an interesting hike, thanks to the red rocks that give the peak its name. 

Humboldt Peak 

Elevation: 14,070 ft

A rock cairn below the Humboldt Peak in Colorado
A rock cairn near the summit of Humboldt

🥾 Class 2 | 📍 Google Maps | Website | Costs: free

You’ll want a four-wheel drive vehicle for this hike, or you’ll need to hike quite a few extra miles from the 2WD lot. The hike from the 4WD lot is 10.7 miles round trip, with an elevation gain of 4,222 feet. Technically, it is an easier hike without much exposure, trail-finding, or screen, but it is a long, grueling journey uphill.  

Mt. Shavano & Tabeguache Peak

Elevation: 14,162 ft

Tabeguache Peak view from the rocky trail of Mount Shavano

🥾 Class 2 | 📍 Google Maps | Website | Costs: free

Many climbers summit Mount Shavano and continue on to Tabaguache Peak from there. The trail is uphill and there are lots of rocks, but it’s easy to follow. The mountains are near Salida, and you’ll want a four-wheel drive vehicle to get to the trailhead.  

Mount Princeton

Elevation: 14,196 ft

Travel Lemming Editor Abigail Nueve holding a sign from the summit of Mount Princeton with a scenic view of the mountains in fall
This mountain near Buena Vista is beautiful in the fall!

🥾 Class 2 | 📍 Google Maps | Website | Costs: free

The hike up Mount Princeton is seven miles long with a ​​3,339-foot elevation gain. It’s a popular, scenic mountain with lovely views. To get an early start, you’ll want to stay in Buena Vista or Nathrop the night before. After your hike, consider soaking at Mount Princeton Hot Springs, one of the best hot springs in Colorado

⚠️ Warning: The drive to the Mt. Princeton Towers, where many hikes start, is rocky with high exposure. You must have a 4WD vehicle and experience driving in the backcountry. Otherwise, start from the lower lot, but note this adds distance to your trip. 

Uncompahgre Peak

Elevation: 14,308 ft

Scenic blue skies view of Uncompahgre Peak from the beautiful trail
Beautiful blue skies on the way to the summit! 

🥾 Class 2 | 📍 Google Maps | Website | Costs: free

Found in the San Juan Range, Uncompahgre is best hiked in late spring or summer. You’ll follow Nellie Creek for a good way, and also get great views of the surrounding Colorado mountains. You’ll need to climb one of two chutes up a cliff to continue following the trail, so it’s best to try this peak after you have some experience climbing other 14ers. 

La Plata Peak

Elevation: 14,360 ft

La Plata summit views from the rocky Northwest Ridge trail
La Plata summit views, accessed via the Northwest Ridge trail 

🥾 Class 2 | 📍 Google Maps | Website | Costs: free

La Plata is an 8.6-mile hike with a 4,350-foot elevation gain. The hike is near Leadville and accessed from Independence Pass, one of the best Colorado road trips. You’ll need to watch for rock cairns to follow the trail to the top. 

Mount Massive

Elevation: 14,429 ft

Scenic view of the semi snow covered ranges of Mount Massive from a distance
Mount Massive lives up to its name!

🥾 Class 2 | 📍 Google Maps | Website | Costs: free

The hike to the summit of Massive is a 13.1-mile trail that gains 4,537 feet of elevation. The hike is near Twin Lakes and follows the Colorado Trail for a short time before heading toward the summit. 

Mount Lincoln, Mount Bross, & Mount Democrat

Elevation: 14,295 ft

Scenic view of the summit of Mount Lincoln in Colorado

🥾 Class 2 | 📍 Google Maps | Website | Costs: $5

If you hike the Decalibron Loop, you’ll hit four peaks over 14,000 feet tall: Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross. However, Mt. Cameron was demoted from being an “official” 14er a while back. 

Don’t lead off with this hike, but once you’ve tried a few 14ers, it’s a good option. Be aware that descending Mt. Bross involves a lot of loose rock. To avoid this, hike the loop counter-clockwise. 

FAQs About Easiest Colorado 14ers

Can a beginner hike a 14er?

A beginner can definitely hike a 14er. However, beginners shouldn’t just pull up to the trail and start walking. It’s helpful to research ahead of time to determine the best beginner Colorado 14ers and when to hike them. It’s also very helpful to do a few practice hikes to work up to the distance and elevation gain of a 14er. 

As a beginner, it’s also a good idea to hike a 14er with someone who has done one before. In fact, it’s always smart to hike Colorado 14ers with someone else so you can watch each other for altitude sickness, go for help in case of injury, and for other safety reasons.   

What is the easiest 14er to a summit in Colorado?

Quandary Peak is among the easiest 14ers to a summit in Colorado. It’s a Class 1 peak, which indicates a mountain with well-marked trails. There isn’t any rock scrambling, either. The hike is 6.75 miles long, one of the shortest for a Class 1 fourteener, and you’ll have a 3,450-foot elevation gain.  


Hopefully, this article has helped you to determine the easiest 14ers in Colorado, and perhaps inspired you to hike one or two of them! It’s definitely an only-in-Colorado experience you’re sure to remember for a long time.

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