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Sawatch Range
Saguache Range
Monarchpass.JPG
Sawatch Range seen from Monarch Pass
Highest point
Peak Mount Elbert
Elevation 14,440 ft (4,401 m)
Dimensions
Length 80 mi (130 km) NW/SE
Geography
Country United States
State Colorado
Parent range Rocky Mountains

The Sawatch Range /səˈwæ/ is a high and extensive mountain range in central Colorado which includes eight of the twenty highest peaks in the Rocky Mountains, including Mount Elbert, at 14,440 feet (4,401 m) elevation, the highest peak in the Rockies.

The range is oriented along a northwest-southeast axis, extending roughly 80 miles (130 km) from 39°37′36″N 106°32′13″W / 39.62667°N 106.53694°W / 39.62667; -106.53694 in the north to 38°5′51″N 106°3′48″W / 38.09750°N 106.06333°W / 38.09750; -106.06333 in the south. The range contains fifteen peaks in excess of 14,000 feet (4,267 m), also known as 14ers. The range forms a part of the Continental Divide, and its eastern side drains into the headwaters of the Arkansas River. The western side of the range feeds the headwaters of the Roaring Fork River, the Eagle River, and the Gunnison River, tributaries of the Colorado River.

The Sawatch mountains in general are high, massive, and relatively gentle in contour. While some peaks are rugged enough to require technical climbing, most can be climbed by a simple, yet arduous hike. Notable summits include Mount Elbert, Mount Massive, La Plata Peak, Mount of the Holy Cross, and the Collegiate Peaks (Mounts Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Belford, and Oxford).

State Highway 82 traverses the range at Independence Pass (Colorado). It is also traversed by Cottonwood Pass, which connects the town of Buena Vista with Gunnison County. Both Independence Pass and Cottonwood Pass are over 12,000 feet (3,658 m), making them 2 of the highest passes in Colorado and are typically open only from late spring to mid autumn. Hagerman Pass is another pass to the north, connecting the Arkansas Headwaters near Leadville with the upper valley of the Fryingpan River. Hagerman Pass is traversable with four-wheel drive vehicles and on foot during summer and early autumn months. The range contains numerous hiking trails within the San Isabel National Forest and White River National Forest.

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Prominent peaks

Mount Aetna, Taylor Mountain
Mt. Aetna (13,746 feet (4,190 m)) and Taylor Mtn.
Mount Elbert2
Mount Elbert, the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains.
Sawatch
Sawatch Range near Buena Vista, Colorado.
Tlhope
Sawatch Range near Twin Lakes.
The 18 Mountain Peaks of the Sawatch Range With At Least 500 Meters of Topographic Prominence
Rank Mountain Peak Elevation Prominence Isolation
1 Mount Elbert NGS 4401.200 = 14,440 feet
4401 m
2771.546 = 9,093 feet
2772 m
01079.22 = 670.6 miles
1079.2 km
2 Mount Massive 4397.607 = 14,428 feet
4398 m
0591.617 = 1,941 feet
592 m
00008.15 = 5.1 miles
8.2 km
3 Mount Harvard NGS 4395.6 = 14,421 feet
4395 m
0709.270 = 2,327 feet
709 m
00024.01 = 14.9 miles
24.0 km
4 La Plata Peak 4371.7 = 14,343 feet
4372 m
0561.137 = 1,841 feet
561 m
00010.10 = 6.3 miles
10.1 km
5 Mount Antero NGS 4351.400 = 14,276 feet
4351 m
0762.914 = 2,503 feet
763 m
00028.56 = 17.7 miles
28.6 km
6 Mount Princeton NGS 4329.300 = 14,204 feet
4329 m
0663.550 = 2,177 feet
664 m
00008.36 = 5.2 miles
8.4 km
7 Mount Yale NGS 4328.810 = 14,202 feet
4329 m
0571.805 = 1,876 feet
572 m
00008.93 = 5.5 miles
8.9 km
8 Mount of the Holy Cross NGS 4270.510 = 14,011 feet
4271 m
0643.433 = 2,111 feet
643 m
00029.81 = 18.5 miles
29.8 km
9 Grizzly Peak NGS 4265.600 = 13,995 feet
4266 m
0581.558 = 1,908 feet
582 m
00010.89 = 6.8 miles
10.9 km
10 Mount Ouray NGS 4255.400 = 13,961 feet
4255 m
0810.463 = 2,659 feet
810 m
00021.86 = 13.6 miles
21.9 km
11 Mount Jackson PB 4168.538 = 13,676 feet
4169 m
0551.688 = 1,810 feet
552 m
00005.16 = 3.2 miles
5.2 km
12 Bill Williams Peak PB 4080.878 = 13,389 feet
4081 m
0512.674 = 1,682 feet
513 m
00006.51 = 4.0 miles
6.5 km
13 Antora Peak PB 4046.274 = 13,275 feet
4046 m
0734.263 = 2,409 feet
734 m
00010.86 = 6.7 miles
10.9 km
14 Henry Mountain PB 4042.037 = 13,261 feet
4042 m
0510.235 = 1,674 feet
510 m
00018.55 = 11.5 miles
18.6 km
15 Park Cone PB 3689.953 = 12,106 feet
3690 m
0621.792 = 2,040 feet
622 m
00005.53 = 3.4 miles
5.5 km
16 Red Table Mountain PB 3670.656 = 12,043 feet
3671 m
0614.782 = 2,017 feet
615 m
00016.56 = 10.3 miles
16.6 km
17 Tomichi Dome PB 3496.225 = 11,471 feet
3496 m
0708.660 = 2,325 feet
709 m
00021.39 = 13.3 miles
21.4 km
18 Castle Peak PB 3439.719 = 11,285 feet
3440 m
0926.592 = 3,040 feet
927 m
00030.47 = 18.9 miles
30.5 km
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