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Updated Elevation Measurements for Colorado’s 14ers: See the New Rankings

DENVER, COLORADO – Recent updates from the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) have fine-tuned the elevations of Colorado’s iconic fourteeners, ensuring that while no peak has lost its status, the hierarchy of heights has seen some notable changes. This recalibration, conducted using advanced GPS technology, not only retains the count of 58 peaks over 14,000 feet but also redefines their exact altitudes with impressive precision.

Derek van Westrum, a physicist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration based in Boulder, led the study that meticulously measured each mountain’s height down to the centimeter. This level of detail—about 10 times more precise than previous measurements—was possible thanks to sophisticated GPS devices placed atop these towering summits.

The findings have shown slight decreases in the recorded heights of several peaks. For example, Mount Elbert, Colorado’s tallest mountain, now stands at 14,337.6 feet, slightly shorter than before. Huron Peak, previously listed at 14,010 feet, now barely makes the cut as a fourteener at 14,004.1 feet.

While the project was primarily aimed at updating national elevation data for broader geographical and environmental applications, it has also refined our understanding of these popular hiking destinations. “It allows you to do water engineering projects, to know which way water is going to flow,” van Westrum explained, highlighting the practical applications of these updated measurements in floodplain mapping and urban planning.

The adjustments in height have sparked interest and relief among the climbing community, as all peaks have maintained their fourteener status. Van Westrum likened the potential loss of a fourteener to a “Pluto moment,” referring to the demotion of Pluto from planetary status, which could have disappointed many enthusiasts.

Looking ahead, these revised measurements are preliminary, as the NGS anticipates further refinements with the upcoming national vertical datum changes. This ongoing process underscores the dynamic nature of geodesy and its critical role in both scientific research and outdoor recreation.

New 14er Elevation Measurements

NameElevation (feet)
Mt. Elbert14,437.6
Mt. Massive14,423.9
Mt. Harvard14,421.7
Blanca Peak14,348.5
La Plata Peak14,343.0
Uncompahgre Peak14,315.8
Crestone Peak14,296.8
Mt. Lincoln14,290.6
Grays Peak14,275.5
Castle Peak14,272.3
Torreys Peak14,270.1
Quandary Peak14,269.9
Mt. Antero14,269.0
Mt. Blue Sky14,266.1
Longs Peak14,255.9
Mt. Wilson14,254.1
Mt. Cameron14,245.9
Mt. Shavano14,228.3
Mt. Princeton14,200.1
Mt. Belford14,199.6
Mt. Yale14,197.0
Crestone Needle14,194.8
Mt. Bross14,177.9
El Diente Peak14,173.2
Kit Carson Peak14,165.2
Maroon Peak14,161.5
Tabeguache Peak14,157.0
Mt. Oxford14,156.3
Mt. Sneffels14,153.3
Mt. Democrat14,152.3
Capitol Peak14,136.3
Pikes Peak14,107.0
Snowmass Mountain14,101.7
Windom Peak14,087.0
Mt. Eolus14,085.0
Challenger Point14,084.6
Mt. Columbia14,072.6
Missouri Mountain14,069.2
Humboldt Peak14,066.6
Mt. Bierstadt14,064.5
Sunlight Peak14,059.0
Handies Peak14,055.9
Ellingwood Point14,054.9
Culebra Peak14,053.2
Mt. Lindsey14,053.2
Mt. Sherman14,040.4
North Eolus14,039.8
Little Bear Peak14,039.5
Redcloud Peak14,036.0
Conundrum Peak14,034.7
Pyramid Peak14,027.1
Wilson Peak14,020.4
San Luis Peak14,020.2
North Maroon Peak14,019.9
Wetterhorn Peak14,018.9
Mt. of the Holy Cross14,005.2
Sunshine Peak14,004.5
Huron Peak14,004.1

Alex Derr, Founder of The Next Summit

Alex Derr is an Eagle Scout, climber, and environmental policy expert located in Denver, Colorado. He created The Next Summit to help others stay safe exploring the mountains and advocate to preserve the peaks for the future. Follow him on Linkedin or Twitter or click here to contact him.

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