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El Diente Peak

El Diente Peak
El Diente Peak from Mount Wilson
Elevation 14,165 ft (4,317 m)[1][2]
Prominence 239 ft (73 m)[2]
Isolation 0.75 mi (1.21 km)[2]
Parent peak Mount Wilson[2]
Translation The Tooth (Spanish)
El Diente Peak is located in Colorado
El Diente Peak
Location Dolores County, Colorado, U.S.[3]
Range San Miguel Mountains[2]
Coordinates [3]
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
Dolores Peak, Colorado[3]
Easiest route Difficult scramble class 3 on loose rock

El Diente Peak is a high summit in the San Miguel Mountains range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 14,165-foot (4,317 m) peak is located in the Lizard Head Wilderness of San Juan National Forest, 10.5 miles (16.9 km) north by east (bearing 8°) of the Town of Rico in Dolores County, Colorado, United States. "El Diente" is Spanish for "The Tooth", a reference to the shape of the peak.[1][2][3]


  • Climbing 1
  • Historical names 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The topographic prominence of El Diente Peak is only 239 feet (73 m), so by a strict 300-foot (91 m) cutoff rule it would not be counted as a separate peak from its higher neighbor Mount Wilson. However the 3/4 mile (1.2 km) connecting ridge is a significant climbing challenge (Class 4/5), making El Diente more independent than its prominence would indicate.[4] Hence it is often regarded as a full-fledged fourteener.

El Diente is one of the more dramatic peaks in Colorado in terms of local relief and steepness. As a result, it 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.

Historical names

  • El Diente
  • El Diente Peak [3]

See also


  1. ^ a b The elevation of El Diente Peak includes an adjustment of +1.906 m (+6.25 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "El Diente Peak, Colorado". Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "El Diente Peak".  
  4. ^ Dawson, Louis W., II (1994). Dawson's Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners. vol. 1. Blue Clover Press.  

External links

  • "Mount Wilson, Wilson Peak, and El Diente Peak". Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  • "El Diente". Retrieved 2011-05-15. 

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