El Diente Peak

El Diente Peak is a Colorado 14er in the San Miguel Range of the San Juan Mountains. El Diente (Spanish for “the teeth”) is one of the more dramatic peaks in Colorado in terms of local relief and steepness and is one of the most challenging climbs among Colorado's fourteeners. All routes involve at least Class 3 scrambling on loose talus, and poor route-finding can expose the climber to more difficult and dangerous terrain. The ridge connecting El Diente to Mount Wilson is one of the four great Colorado 14er traverses. The topographic prominence of El Diente Peak is only 239 feet, so by a strict 300 foot cutoff rule it would not be counted as a separate peak from its higher neighbor Mount Wilson. However the 3/4 mile connecting ridge is a significant Class 4 climbing challenge, making El Diente more independent than its prominence would indicate. Hence it is a sentimental favorite and is on most 14er lists.

El Diente Peak SUMMIT LOG peakery first ascent by DandyDon

15 members report climbing or hiking to the summit, most recently on Jul 27, 2015. Below are trip reports and shared pictures from their climbs.

Others who’ve summited El Diente Peak

  • DandyDon
  • BobbyFinn
  • susanjoypaul
  • bmannlein
  • brianasher

Routes Used trails & approaches

33% South Slopes

33% Mount Wilson-El Diente Ridge

20% North Slopes

13% Traverse to Mount Wilson


  • scott scott
    commented on Jul 28, 2010
    Tragedy July 26, 2010: climber Peter Topp killed by rockfall on El Diente. Here he is posing on the summit right before the accident. <a href=\http://climbing.about.com/b/2010/07/28/rockfall-kills-climber-on-el-diente-peak.htm\" target=\"_blank\"><img src=\"http://0.tqn.com/d/climbing/1/0/V/B/-/-/PeterTopp_ElDienteSummit2.jpg\" width=150 border=0>more about the accident on about.com</a>"

SNAPSHOTedit info


14,159 ft / 4,316 m


259 ft / 79 m

Height Rank Range

San Miguel Mountains


Colorado, United States

Summited by

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  • scott
  • DandyDon
  • BobbyFinn
  • susanjoypaul
  • mirhash
  • millerc686
  • ChrisMeloche
  • bruceparker
  • EKassan
  • jasonfoisset1
  • Yosemike
  • bmannlein

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