Top 5 beginner fourteeners

THE COLORADOAN - Climbing a fourteener is the quintessential Colorado bucket list item.

Colorado has 54 peaks rising 14,000 feet or higher, the most of any state. Many of them are within a few hours' drive from Fort Collins, and all offer breathtaking views.

We're not going to call climbing a fourteener easy. You need to be physically fit, expect 8 to 12 hours of hiking, be acclimated to the elevation and also carry some common sense to the mountain. Climbing Longs Peak for your first fourteener probably isn't a good idea.

To make your first fourteener experience a positive one, here are five beginner-friendly fourteeners to bag this summer.

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