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El Diente Peak from Mount Wilson
|Elevation||14,165 ft (4,317 m)|
|Prominence||239 ft (73 m)|
|Isolation||0.75 mi (1.21 km)|
|Parent peak||Mount Wilson|
|English translation||The Tooth|
|Language of name||Spanish|
|Location||Dolores County, Colorado, U.S.|
|Parent range||San Miguel Mountains|
|Topo map||USGS 7.5' topographic map
Dolores Peak, Colorado
|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.
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. 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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