The Route

The summit of Culebra Peak was considered the “start” of the route and the summit of Longs Peak the “finish”. The trip was about 1,300 miles with a total elevation gain close to 300,000 feet. The route included stretches of the Colorado and Continental Divide Trails, some segments were along state highway corridors, there were many cross country legs and high traverses, as well as hundreds of miles of Forest Service trails and old roads.

Click on the map below to download the .kmz file to view in google earth. The path is not entirely accurate due to the mapping software that the file was created with. Two examples: the path from Snowmass to Aspen is shown to be along the road, in fact we hiked the Government Trail during that stretch; along Dillon Reservoir we walked the multi use path, not the road as the .kmz file would indicate. The file CAN be used to do a flyover and view our SPOT checkins. THE FILE IS NOT INTENDED FOR NAVIGATION.


The order of peaks was: Culebra, Little Bear, Ellingwood, Blanca, Lindsey, Crestone Needle & Peak, Humboldt, Challenger, Kit Carson, San Luis, Sunshine, Redcloud, Handies, Eolus, North Eolus, Sunlight, Windom, El Diente, Mount Wilson, Wilson Peak, Sneffels, Wetterhorn, Uncompahgre, Castle, Conundrum, Pyramid, North Maroon & Maroon Peak, Snowmass, Capitol, Massive, Elbert, La Plata, Huron, Missouri, Belford, Oxford, Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Princeton, Antero, Tabeguache, Shavano, Pikes, Sherman, Bross, Lincoln, Cameron, Democrat, Quandary, Holy Cross, Torreys, Grays, Bierstadt, Evans, and Longs.


19 Responses to The Route

  1. Pingback: Thru-hiking the Colorado 14ers « I'm Jack Haskel

  2. Steve says:

    I really like that route. I have another route I am planning for the summer of 2014, but might make some revisions based on yours 🙂 It should be a good summer for early hiking with our weak snow fall this winter. I am very excited to see your progress through this incredible journey. Keep us posted, have fun!

  3. Junaid says:

    Thanks Steve! There are still revisions being made, the newest version will be posted in the next week or two.

  4. Sauerkraut says:

    Awesome project! Gonna follow your progress. I think we met in 2006 on the PCT Junaid…Greetings from Sauerkraut

  5. Junaid says:

    Hey Sauerkraut! I do believe you’re right, I’m pretty sure we did meet in ’06. Yeah, this is definitely going to be one grueling bit of awesomeness!

  6. Kristiana says:

    14er Divas would love to join you on one of the 14er’s . Are you still updating your schedule?

  7. Junaid says:

    Kristiana, we will be posting the itinerary soon. Email us with what peak you have in mind, we are open to some company on a few peaks.

  8. dirtmonger says:

    Nice work! And here I was hiking along this summer on my Vagabond Loop (AZT, HDT, GET, CT), alone for nearly 5 months, thinking I bet know has thru hiked the 14ers! Hahahaha! I figured it would be between 1200-1500m. I guess I wasn’t too far off. You 2 are doing something special; keep it up

  9. Junaid says:

    Thanks Dirtmonger, before I left I was reading about your trip…very cool! If you go to ADZPCTKO, next year, we should meet up.

    Kristiana, email me at and I will send you our projected dates for the remaining peaks and we will see if y’all can make it for one of them. So far we’ve only had company on La Plata.

  10. SemiColin says:

    Let me know when you’ll be passing through the James peak wilderness. I’ll come up for a high 5 and bring a beer for you and Luke

  11. Karen says:

    Congratulations on such an amazing achievement. In a present day world of selfishness, hatred, and corruption I applaud you for something so noble and courageous. You are an inspiration to so many. I hope you are able to exceed your goal and expectations.

  12. That must have been an incredible journey. Congratulations on completing it!

  13. Gary Swing says:

    Congratulations! I considered doing a walking route of the Colorado Fourteeners in 2005, but I had already climbed them all, including three times up Culebra and seven times up Longs, both of which are pretty remote from other fourteeners. Instead, I did what I called the “Homeless On the Range Expedition,” climbing 200 Colorado thirteeners in 3 1/2 months.

  14. Junaid says:

    That sounds like a great trip! Do you have a website or photos online?

  15. Gary Swing says:

    Thanks. No, unfortunately I don’t have photos online or a website from my 2005 Colorado thirteeners trip. I do have photo albums on my Facebook page (Gary Swing, Denver, CO) for trips I’ve taken since 2008, including the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Arizona Trail, and Te Araroa (New Zealand).

  16. Cary says:

    saw Junaid’s presentation in Salida last night. good talk, inspiring journey. you almost made it look easy. Cary

  17. Junaid says:

    Cary, thanks for coming out for the talk! It was a pleasure to be there in lovely Salida and to share the trip with all of you!

  18. Aria Zoner says:

    I’M THRULY GOING TO HIKE THIS TRAIL! I hope there’s a lot of up-&-overs on this route with minimal out-&-backs – demanding that thru-hikers carry their stuff to each summit. 12 of these peaks will be repeats for me but I’m ok with that. Thanks for putting this together Juniad, I’m excited to learn more about it and am at your service.

  19. Junaid says:

    I’d be happy to help. Any questions I can answer or info I can give is yours. A few out and backs, yes, but lots of up and overs too. Plenty of customization can be done too. Also, at least two hotsprings along the way…

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