The Rocky Mountain West is known worldwide for its high peaks and beautiful vistas, creating endless opportunities for mountain ascents. Colorado boasts an impressive array of mountains, with a staggering 58 peaks reaching heights of 14,000 feet or more, and a total of 637 peaks soaring above 13,000 feet. Can you imagine the thrill of conquering them all?

Regardless of the route or location you choose, one thing is certain: the views will be absolutely breathtaking. If you’ve never ventured above treeline, propelled by your own two legs, this is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.

At Golden Mountain Guides, we specialize in providing unforgettable experiences on Colorado’s 13ers and 14ers. Whether you’re seeking a challenging technical traverse of big 13ers such as Citadel to Pettingell, or aiming to conquer the iconic peaks of Grays and Torreys through a rigorous 3,600-foot hike, our expert guides will lead the way.

Picture yourself standing triumphantly on a towering summit, surrounded by panoramic vistas of snow-capped peaks, expansive valleys, and shimmering alpine lakes. With each step you take toward the top, you’ll feel an increasing sense of accomplishment and a profound connection with the natural world. The invigorating mountain air fills your lungs as you push your physical and mental limits, savoring the exhilaration that comes with conquering nature’s greatest challenges.

Colorado’s 13ers and 14ers cater to a wide range of hikers and climbers, offering options suitable for beginners as well as those seeking technical challenges that test their skills and endurance. Whether you aspire to conquer well-known peaks or uncover hidden gems off the beaten path, our guided expeditions are tailored to accommodate diverse levels of experience and fitness.

Join us as we explore the extraordinary heights of Colorado. Unleash your inner adventurer and discover the true essence of mountain exploration. The mountains are calling, and it’s time for you to answer.

Colorado 13er Hikes

Pettingell Peak hike at sunrise in Colorado

Pettingell Peak

Located high above Lake Herman, Pettingell Peak stands proud at 13,559 feet above sea level. This Colorado 13er is off the beaten path and provides incredible views along the continental divide. Truly, a glorious mountain!

The Citadel Traverse

This Colorado 13er is a climbers paradise requiring the use of rock climbing techniques, scrambling, and steep snow climbing to reach the summit. A beautiful and serene approach from the trailhead leads steadily upwards towards the high alpine tundra where the real fun begins.

A view of the Citadel and the North Ridge from the side in Colorado

Colorado 14er Hikes

Longs peak sunrise from the boulderfield in Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado

Longs Peak

Longs Peak is one of the most sought after 14ers in Colorado, and for good reason. An ascent of this mountain is challenging yet rewarding in so many ways. If you’re looking to breathe in the thin air Colorado is famous for, then this is the hike for you.

Grays and Torreys

Two for the price of one! This 8.25mile hike provides the opportunity to bag two 14er summits in one day. High mountain wildflowers, mountain goats, and moderate hiking make this two Colorado 14ers not to miss!

Grays and Torreys Peak at sunrise in Colorado
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