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UPDATESWhat we've been doing

  • Making Progress on El Diente  – July 31, 2015

    Hi everyone! Good to be back on El Diente. This season we have opened the new trail we built last year and closing the old trail! … Read More >>

  • A Learning Experience  – July 27, 2015

    aBecca and I with our beautiful truck on Mt. Princeton Howdy Folks! My name is Robin Zeller and I am one of two Outdoor Leadership … Read More >>

  • A Day in the Life on Holy Cross  – July 22, 2015

    Up on Holy Cross our field work varies week to week, Our tasks bounce around from rock work and other trail maintenance to patrolling campsites.  Sometimes we hike to … Read More >>

  • The Work that Will Last a Century  – July 20, 2015

    For the past few years I have been doing trail work deep in the wildernesses of Idaho and Montana. The majority of my work has … Read More >>


Fourteener summit trails are built of available rocks, logs and soils found in high alpine environments. Heavy winter snows, violent summer thunderstorms, and the impacts of an estimated half-million hikers annually take a heavy toll on even the most sturdily constructed summit trails. To keep these summit trails in great shape, Colorado Fourteeners Initiative enlists volunteer stewardship organizations, local businesses, youth summer camps, college programs, and other groups of organized volunteers to perform routine trail maintenance through the Adopt-a-Peak program. This active stewardship work protects trail structures, controls erosion, and restores denuded areas. Since 2001, more than 9,200 volunteer days have been performed.

CFI has been working since 2011 to develop a GIS-based trail conditions modeling program that will assess the severity of natural resource problems and track the conditions over time on constructed and user-created summit trails. The Sustainable Trails Program is helping CFI prioritize future maintenance projects and will ensure that limited funding and volunteer efforts are focused on the highest priority projects to build out and maintain the network of summit trails on the 14ers. To date 43 summit or approach trails have been inventoried. Click here to watch a Google Earth video flyover showing the condition of the Capitol Peak trail. In 2014 CFI will begin tracking visitor use to correlate on-the-ground impacts with the amount of hiker use.