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Fourteeners of Colorado's San Juan Mountains

The San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado are a patchwork of wildly varied sub-ranges, many tucked away in vast wilderness areas. Of Colorado's 54 fourteeners (peaks that rise over 14,000 feet in elevation), 13 call the San Juans home.
Photos by Todd Caudle.
Todd Caudle is a Colorado Springs-based photographer who has been photographing his home state for more than 30 years. He is the recipient of the Colorado Book Award for his book “14,000 Feet – A Celebration of Colorado’s Highest Mountains,” and his photos have appeared in a multitude of regional, national and international publications. More photos can be seen at toddcaudle.com and skylinepress.com.
  • Handies Peak (14,048') reflects in a small tarn at sunset below Cinnamon Pass. Climbing access is either from American Basin on the west side of the peak or Grizzly Gulch on the east.
  • One of Colorado's most beautiful mountains, being surrounded by vast aspen groves makes 14,150' Mount Sneffels all the more picturesque in fall.
  • A waterfall cascades over cliffs along Kilpacker Creek in the Lizard Head Wilderness, with El Diente Peak (14,159') rising in the distance.
  • Sunset on Mount Eolus (14,083') from just below Overlook Point, deep in the half-million-acre Weminuche Wilderness
  • Mount Wilson (14,246') is one of the more rugged and difficult to climb peaks in Colorado due to complicated route-finding.
  • Not to be confused with its similarly named, yet higher neighbor, 14,017' Wilson Peak's graceful triangular shape has adorned national advertising campaigns.
  • Redcloud Peak (14,034') is often climbed with its nearest neighbor, Sunshine Peak, and sits just across the valley from Handies Peak.
  • San Luis Peak (14,014') is the lone fourteener in the La Garita Mountains and Wilderness near Creede. It is often climbed as a side trip by those hiking the Colorado Trail.
  • Sunrise alpenglow alights the east slopes of Windom Peak (left, 14,082') and Sunlight Peak (right, 14,059') deep in the Weminuche Wilderness.
  • 14,001' Sunshine Peak makes it into the ranks of Colorado's Fourteeners by the barest of margins.
  • At 14,309', Uncompahgre Peak is the high point of the vast complex of peaks that make up the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado.
  • 14,015' Wetterhorn Peak is in a remote basin not far from much higher Uncompahgre Peak, and offers a challenging downclimb section for those who achieve its small summit.
Handies Peak (14,048') reflects in a small tarn at sunset below Cinnamon Pass. Climbing access is either from American Basin on the west side of the peak or Grizzly Gulch on the east.
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Handies Peak (14,048') reflects in a small tarn at sunset below Cinnamon Pass. Climbing access is either from American Basin on the west side of the peak or Grizzly Gulch on the east.

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