El Diente Peak

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El Diente Peak
El Diente Peak.JPG
El Diente Peak from Mount Wilson
Elevation 14,165 ft (4,317 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 239 ft (73 m)[1]
Translation The Tooth (Spanish)
El Diente Peak is located in Colorado
El Diente Peak
El Diente Peak
Location Dolores County, Colorado, U.S.
Range San Juan Mountains
Coordinates 37°50′22″N 108°00′19″W / 37.83944°N 108.00528°W / 37.83944; -108.00528Coordinates: 37°50′22″N 108°00′19″W / 37.83944°N 108.00528°W / 37.83944; -108.00528[2]
Topo map USGS Dolores Peak
Easiest route Difficult scramble class 3 on loose rock

El Diente Peak, elevation 14,165 ft (4,317 m), is a summit in the San Miguel Mountains of southwest Colorado. The peak is located in the Lizard Head Wilderness of the Uncompahgre National Forest, 10 miles (16 km) north of Rico in Dolores County.

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.[3] 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.

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  1. ^ a b "El Diente, Colorado". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  2. ^ "El Diente Peak". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  3. ^ Dawson, Louis W., II (1994). Dawson's Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners. vol. 1. Blue Clover Press. ISBN 0-9628867-1-8. 

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