Recapping Another Year of Work on Holy Cross

The iconic “cross” that is etched on its face made Mount of the Holy Cross a historic mountain. Although the cross is not as prominent as it once was, Holy Cross is still one of the most recognized and well-known peaks among the Fourteeners. It is also one of the more...

Damage Control on Bierstadt

If you have ever decided to hike Mount Bierstadt on a summer weekend, you’ve seen it: hundreds of eager hikers marching up the trail in what can only be described as a continuous train of people from trailhead to summit. A combination of proximity to the Denver...

Successes and Lessons Learned on El Diente

Our work on El Diente this year was a big undertaking for CFI. The project was led by two of our most talented and experienced crew leaders, Tom Cronin and Miriam Venman-Clay. With help from Southwest Conservation Corps and volunteers, they were able to complete 1.21...

Now Steena, you promised you wouldn’t get lost again…

Mission: Collect Wilderness permits and check out potential hunter camps along Martin trail, hike out to West Grouse Mountain trailhead. This is the story about how an easy day hike through the Holy Cross Wilderness became the longest hike ever. 8am: I headed out to...

Seasons of Wonder

Not everyone has a chance to experience the wilderness as I have this season. I have had the opportunity and absolute privilege to see the Rocky Mountains of Colorado transition through spring, summer, and fall, with each transformation just as enchanting as the next....